Monthly Archives: October 2008

When The Message Is A Mess

When David Neiwert, an expert on extremist groups in the Northwest, and I concluded our exhaustive investigative report for Salon.com about Sarah Palin’s involvement with the secessionist Alaskan Independence Party, we emailed the McCain camp a detailed synopsis of our findings and requested a response. We were met with silence.

But when Neiwert appeared on Tuesday on Rick Sanchez’s CNN Newsroom, the McCain-Palin campaign went into full damage control mode, blasting out an indignant statement in the middle of the Neiwert’s segment. The statement, written by McCain deputy communications director Michael Goldfarb, a neoconservative former Weekly Standard editor, reads:

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More Race Problems For Queen Esther

From the Daily Beast:

More race trouble for Sarah Palin. No sooner had the Daily Beast’s Max Blumenthal reported that the Alaska governor has a poor record on employing blacks but her Alaska Native rural relations advisor resigned citing Mrs. Palin’s lack of commitment to diversity towards Native Alaskans. Natives make up one in five Alaskans, but Mrs. Palin finds it hard to appoint them to key posts, even though the first dude, her husband Todd, is part Yup’ik Eskimo. Her 13-member cabinet includes two. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that in a couple of cases Mrs. Palin conspicuously replaced Native office holders with whites

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Palintology on Democracy Now!

Today, on Democracy Now! I discussed Troopergate, Sarah Palin’s links to the Alaskan Independence Party, and Palin’s extreme theology. My interview can be seen or heard here, and here is a transcript:

AMY GOODMAN: A new report from the Alaska legislature has concluded Republican vice-presidential nominee Governor Sarah Palin abused her power and violated state ethics law by trying to get her former brother-in-law Mike Wooten fired from the state police. The report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower states, “Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda.”

Palin, on the other hand, is claiming the report completely exonerates her in the so-called “Troopergate” controversy. She told reporters Saturday, “Well, I’m very, very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of any kind of unethical activity.”

Meanwhile, as the McCain campaign continues to focus on Senator Obama’s alleged ties to former Weather Underground member William Ayers, now a professor at the University of Illinois, a new investigation at Salon.com sheds light on how Governor Palin’s ties to the radical right are far deeper than previously thought. Journalists Max Blumenthal and David Neiwert detail how Palin was elected Mayor of Wasilla over a decade ago with the help of activists from the Alaska Independence Party and the John Birch Society. They allege she tried to return the favor later by attempting to appoint one of them to an empty city council seat.

Governor Palin is not a member of the Alaska Independence Party, but she has attended party conventions and even addressed this year’s convention.

GOV. SARAH PALIN: I’m Governor Sarah Palin, and I am delighted to welcome you to the 2008 Alaskan Independence Party convention in the Golden Heart City, Fairbanks. Your party plays an important role in our state’s politics.

AMY GOODMAN: Max Blumenthal was in Alaska last month investigating Palin’s ties to the Alaska Independence Party. He’s a fellow at the Nation Institute. His latest article is “Meet Sarah Palin’s Radical Right-Wing Pals.” It’s online at Salon.com. He joins us now from Arizona.

We welcome you to Democracy Now!, Max Blumenthal.

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