Jon Huntsman Attacks Sarah Palin For “Stringing People Along”

Former Governor Jon Huntsman attacked Sarah Palin today for “Stringing people along.” Huntsman said, “Everybody who has anything to do with politics knew she wasn’t going to get in the race.”
ABC News reported:

In an interview with ABC’s “The View,” presidential candidate Jon Huntsman rebuked former Gov. Sarah Palin for “stringing people along” as she decided whether to run for president.

“There’s too much drama and theater in politics,” Huntsman told the co-hosts in an appearance that was pre-empted for President Obama’s jobs plan speech. “I mean come on. You string people along. Everybody who has anything to do with politics knew she wasn’t going to get in the race. She has a profit proposition, she’s got a business. She makes money doing what she’s doing. Who on earth is going to leave that for the uncertainty of presidential politics?”

When asked if he believed her decision was made because she wanted to spend more time with her family, Huntsman answered, “Hey, my family is here. I get to spend time with my family.”

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  • Valerie

    Inappropriate and amateurish.

  • KornKing

    And no big secret Jon-you’ll continue to have plenty of time to spend with your family

  • southernsue

    and who is this john huntsman?

    sarah was my candidate, however, i respect her decision because of the viciousness the media is towards her personal family, it seems mostly about her children the media never mentions much about her hubby.

  • big L

    Many are are not allowed to have the candidate we might want. We get a selection of the GOPelites and the Cross-over donks in June 2012-what is it called? Big Tuesday..A lot of us wanted a chance to vote for Gov Palin. But GOPers and the donks ran her into the ground, savagely.The GOP elite could have stopped that lawsuit harassment in Alaska…They have communications. they have a way.

  • MrGoodWench

    Huntsman answered, “Hey, my family is here. I get to spend time with my family.”
    So Mr Huntman, who is the mother of those who you call your biological kids ?
    Do you have pictures to prove it ?
    Oh another question Mr Huntsman, can you prove that you did not snort cocaine yesterday ?
    Mr Huntsman , why are you mad at us for fire-bombing your Church ?

  • Freddy

    I wonder how many votes Huntsman is going to gain from this statement?

  • Hacker 69

    Let me get this straught. He attacks a non threat since she is not running.
    And by attacking her, he thinks her supporters will even give him a look?

    Do any of these idiots realize you get more with sugar than you do with piss and vinegar.

  • Dave McDermeit

    John Who?

  • usamopatriot

    What a laughable zero.

  • John Stanford Davis

    Um, Palin just ADMITTED herself that she wasn’t running. So what the Honorable John Huntsman said was 100% verifiably true. Yes, Gateway Pundit likes being a shill for Palin, who he apparently still thinks is running, but some things are too transparently obvious to argue, such as the fact that Palin isn’t running after she just admitted to not running. Then again, Palin usually lies, so I can see why Gateway Pundit is distrustful of her.

  • zooomzooom

    He attacks someone that WOULD have put him OUT more than he already is from contention instead of his for sure opponent currently occupying the seat in the White House, or even one of the other people that is going to PUT HIM OUT of any chance of contending.

    I wonder what imbecile he’s listening to, but glad he is. He was already a non factor. Now he’s given further proof as to why, he’s as out of touch at the guy currently occupying the seat in the White House.


  • Alana

    I think it would be fair and just if Huntsman had to be subjected to and go through what Palin and her family has.

  • [email protected]

    That dog won’t “hunt”.

    Go home, Jon. Your jealousy is showing.

  • spike


  • kas

    Jon “PLEASE NOTICE ME” Huntsman would be crying to the “ladies” of the view if she was running, he’d just cry a different tune. He does the same thing Huckabee does, although Huckabee is more Passive Aggressive about it.

  • obfuscatenot

    What a tough guy. Ain’t it interesting that Sarah Palin is a self made woman. Huntsman, made by his big daddy. Sucks when your bested by a gurl.

  • Gothguy

    @#10. Your argument might make sense if you spelled ‘Jon’ Huntsman name correctly, or better yet, if you substantiated your claim about Gov. Palin being a liar.

    In other words, to put it politely, kindly STFU.

  • listingstarboard

    Just like Palin, the MSM, the RINO establishment and the Democrats are on a scorched earth campaign against Rick Perry. Strangely there seems to be a lack of criticism against Romney.JJJ introuced a bill today agianst RIck Perry for “the Rock” The more they attack Perry, just like Palin , the more I like him. Come on Sarah, endorse someone so we can truly rally around them. Sarah is the litmus test for “the One”

  • Let Freedom Ring
  • bg


    he spent way too much time for the Obama Administration..


  • bg


    uhg, re:#20 October 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm bg

    time for = time working for


  • Molon Labe

    Shouldn’t Huntsman be licking Obama’s ass?

  • MrGoodWench

    Let Freedom Ring commented:
    Rush: Obama Setting Up Riots
    Just like Obama did in Kenya ?
    Hey maybe he will fly in Odinga to DC to return the favor

  • Hopeful

    Breathtakingly unpresidential (and stupid). What could he possibly gain to gain from saying that? Making nice chat with “the Ladies”?

  • I kind of agree that she should have made this announcement a while ago. But he didn’t do himself any favors with those statements. Where’s the fork? He is done.

  • P. Aaron

    Hey Huntsman, go get your own people to string along. You ain’t gonna get any from Palin anyway! You Chump!

  • Hobbitually conservative

    He’s safe to talk crap against Governor Palin knowing there isn’t a chance in hell he would get her coveted endorsement.

  • Ron

    He’s a nonfactor in this election and was never anything but.

  • Jenny

    John who?

  • donh

    What a hypocrite…Mr 2% is stringing people along by pretending he has any chance of winning the nomination.

  • bg


    and Christie is a martyr, we get it Jobamahn Huntsman..


  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Former Governor Jon Huntsman attacked Sarah Palin today for “Stringing people along.” Huntsman said, “Everybody who has anything to do with politics knew she wasn’t going to get in the race.”

    Not that it would make any difference one way or another for you, Governor Huntsman.

    You’re still a loser.

  • Mo

    Palin was in a no-win situation. If she ran…she had all the negative crap thrown at her, which was, sadly, successful. Friends and relatives of mine, who have come to despise Obama, were still buying all the lies against Palin, vs. looking at what Palin was really saying. She had no chance. Ah, but now she’s quit, and that proves she’s a quitter, a liar, in it for the money. If she ran, she was a right-wing loon, a horrible example, a Tea Party terrorist etc.

    I’m really losing hope for this country. We’re being taken over by the lowest of the low, and even if we put in a Romney or whomever, we’ll end up with someone who is clueless and won’t have the same cojones that Palin has!

    I do pray Palin has an effective way to go after the same horrible people who went against her, and get them out of office. I don’t really care about the revenge, but the same people are ruining the country.

    Oh, and Huntsman is just a major league loser, a putz, another whiny Establishment jerk. He can go to hell.

  • avafromtexas

    So, who cares what Huntsman thinks ?

  • MaxTruth

    We already know he can’t win, but we need to make sure he is not included in any Republican’s administration.

  • just-saying

    No politician has had to deal with the attacks Sarah Palin has, and Huntsman talks about his family? I will stay home if Huntsman gets the nomination (or, vote some third party candidate). Huntsman is doing the verbal fighting his buddy, Obummer, is too scared to do!!

    Huntsman is slime.

  • What a weasel…WHAT A A……….HOLE!

    Daddy’s little rich boy, go away! I know the term anybody but Obama? But this twit would make it real real hard…

    What a weasel.

  • Kristen

    What a JERK!!!!!

  • Carbon Pootprint

    Outer Limits – The Hundred Days Of The Dragon, starring Jon Huntsman.
    Worthless noise making tools of the looters being played by the scrunts of The View

  • the real wow

    Yes, Palin is bad because of “stringing people along.” But Christie is good because of “stringing people along.” Crystal clear logic/

  • Island Girl

    Next time his people come to my door with their booklets I am going to tell them I hate Jon Huntsman.

    There -Jon -that is your level of socio political discourse.

  • Dan

    Said the man who was being outpolled by an undeclared candidate who didnt have a rich daddy bankrolling her entire life.

  • AuntieMadder

    Jon Huntsman should run with a “D” after his name. It’s past time for him to come out of the Demonrat closet.

  • MaryW

    Just another RINO and panderer for Obama. Do you suppose he likes the sharp creases in O’s pants, too?

  • davidt

    When is Huntsman going to stop stringing along his three supporters?

  • Black Sabbath

    Huntsman is the guy the Dems put up to try to split the Republicans – a tired old trick from the Democratic playbook. Yawn. No one is voting for this guy. But he’ll stay in the race till the last minute. You watch. SOMEWHERE, he’s getting money funneled to him to stay in the race. WHO is this money coming from exactly?

  • nohype

    Isn’t Jon Huntsman is stringing people along? Everybody who has anything to do with politics knows he has no chance of getting the Republican nomination.

    (If he setting himself up for a third-party try for the presidency there is some reason for what he is doing. Otherwise, why is he in the race?)

  • daryl

    The argument against Herman Cain

    While we’re vetting no sense in over-looking the frontrunner.

  • Ron

    #36 just-saying: Have you seen all of the attacks on Governor Perry? Even the RNC is trying to do a number on him. These are the same bunch of Establishment Republicans that gave us McCain in’08. I’ll say it again: The only reason I voted for McCain in ’08 was because of Sarah Palin. I couldn’t support a run by her this time around because she is still toxic. (That will change by 2016) I’m not criticizing, I’m just stating a fact. I won’t make the mistake of voting for Obamney because he is the lesser of two evils in ’12. Romney and Huntsman are cast from the same mold and that some on our side are falling for the electability strawman should be a dire warning for all of us. The Establishment Republicans and Dems picked our candidate in ’08, and we all see how well that turned out for our country. Use your heads folks.

  • twolaneflash


    What Gothguy said: STFU. Why do guys who use three names so often end up infamous for monstrous acts of hatred? Your libel of Governor Palin is pure evil. How does it feel?

    p.s. I suggest you lose the middle name; it’s not working. If you insist on using one, try Hussein. It’ll wear better with your rage.

    Reload, Sarah. Got your six. Powder dry

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  • Ron

    #10 John Stanford Davis or should I call you Mr. Brownloaf: What’s the point of your attack on Sarah Palin now? She’s not running. While I somewhat agree that she should have gotten in sooner and I felt that there was some stringing people along on her part, I see no point in kicking a deadhorse. This attack by Huntsman shows the oppertunistic nature of the Establishment Republican bottomfeeders. He doesn’t stand a chance against Obamney, Cain or Governor Perry and this snipe is cowardly and tantamount to some thug beating the crap out of defenseless elderly person after they willingly gave up their purse or wallet without a fight. Huntsman is a coward period, end of story.

  • Sadie

    Somebody needs to send this Nancy Boy packing down the political highway. He will never be the nominee. He will never be president. He will never garner 3% of the R vote.

  • Hopeful

    Black Sabbath, #46 WHO is this money coming from exactly?

    His Daddy. Daddy is a billionaire.

  • Ron

    #53: Agreed. What is with the Beta males, and why in the hell are they so worshipped by the Establishment Republicans and Dem pols? We need a John Wayne at the helm, not a John Boy Walton.

  • FurryGuy

    It is over a year before the election, so for Huntsman to declaim Sarah was stringing people along is beyond idiocy. But nothing new from the raving egomaniac who has less of a chance to be nominated than Ron Paul (and RP has ZERO chance).

  • retire05

    Judas Priest, you Palinistas are pathetic. Someone says something against Palin and you are apoplectic. But other GOP candidates are smeared by the left wing press and you just hope along like the lemmings you are.

    I am not going to comment on Huntsman’s statements until you Palinistas apply the same rule to everyone.

    Live by the sword, die by the sword. Or the left wing press.

  • Fionnagh

    Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Huntsman’s comments actually LOWER his (pathetic) standing in the polls?? He never should have been permitted to participate in the debates in the first place – just took up good space that should have been occupied by McCotter…

  • Sparky

    Huntsman is absolutely right!

    Palin ran for VP when Trig was under a year old. She had her family with her during that campaign. The rigors of a VP campaign is almost that of a Presidential campaign. What makes now different than then?

    The media has vetted her more than any other candidate. What more can they say that hasn’t already been said?

    Palin quit her Governorship early and now teased everyone for months on whether she’s in or out.

    Finally, where is Mama Grizzly? Where is the fire in her belly she claimed she had? Where is the basketball Sarracuda who drills down when the going gets tough?

    Instead of stating the truth, she gave lame excuses. A fine role model, indeed!

    She blinked at the critical moment!

  • just-saying

    Sparky, obviously your point of view is biased against Palin.

  • Hopeful

    #57 retire05. You don’t have to be a Palinista to think this stunt is disqualifyingly stupid. When a Republican candidate joins the left in trying to snark and diminish another Republican, they earn contempt. Of course, in Hunstman case, you would have to call it more contempt.

  • L.E. Liesner

    The only way Huntsman could win the nomination is if he is the only one running. He should go back to China, they might appreciate him there.

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  • Jackson

    He’s out of it anyway…sour grapes.

  • Sparky


    I am an ardent Palin supporter. I felt she had the best qualities of the Conservative candidates. However, I was gobsmacked at her reasoning for not entering the race.

    Palin always stated that if a candidate existed in the field who espoused her views, she would not enter the Presidential race.

    That was the politically correct answer and the answer that would have sat well with her base, and insured her brand remained intact.

    Instead, Palin left us with a major WTF moment!

  • workingclass artist

    Why is this democrat Huntsman running in the GOP primary and who cares what he says about anything…

    Palin is relevant…Huntsman is a democrat pretending to be a republican

  • arnonerik

    It would be interesting to know who Huntsman is really working for. He accepted his Ambassador job from Obama. Maybe he is still working President Zero.

  • Johnny “Stanford” Davis

    Re: #50 @twolaneflash

    I’m evil for disagreeing with you about politics? Excuse me, but that makes you “evil” because you disagree with people every day. The whole point of a democracy is to disagree with people!

    But in the case of Sarah Palin, I simply said she decided not to run. That is completely true. You can’t even disagree with me! I’ll add: She is also unelectable (one reason she decided not to run), and she quit halfway through her term.

    Both facts can be verified:
    #1.) She’s unelectable. – If you look at any poll you will see she has low favorability numbers and high unfavorability numbers. Even polls of the GOP show a lot of GOP voters not wanting her to run.
    #2.) She quit halfway through her term. – She served 2 years. Her term was 4 years. Ipso facto, she quit halfway through her term.

  • Johnny “Stanford” Davis

    Re: #52 @Ron

    I agree with you that Huntsman is an unprofessional coward. I remember some weeks back, Romney introduced a 200 or so page economic plan. What was Huntsman doing? Trashing the GOP as the “anti-science” party on CNN. Sure Rick Perry and Bachmann especially have made some “flaky” (as Chris Wallace said) comments, but a mature opponent won’t go trash them; a mature opponent like Romney will just brush the dirt of his shoulders and do his own thing professionally. Its the same with his comments on Palin. Huntsman is a smart guy with good policy ideas generally but no social skills.

    That said, the Palin people really need to get rid of their phony self-righteousness about the Messarah whom they think is above all criticism. Sarah Palin hasn’t done anything in two years, but she gets this special treatment from the media in large part do to the worshipping masses who follow her around on the comments section of blogs, thinking she is above all criticism just because she says conservative things and gets attacked by the media. They have a martyr complex about her and turned her into a God-like figure in the same way that Obama did for Democrats when he was running.

  • Johnny “Stanford” Davis

    Re: #17 @Gothguy

    Um, you just criticized me for allegedly spelling JOHN Huntsman’s name wrong even when (What is a substitute for “Mister” that is less dignified?) Huntsman goes around saying stuff that you yourself think is stupid? Well excuse me, but I don’t think he is dignified enough to have his name spelled correctly.

  • Jenna

    It’s impossible to read the comments set against such a dark background. Please fix this!

  • midusdew

    Jon Huntsman exposes him self as the useful Obama Idiot.

    The stench is strong!

  • Meh, he’s just mad cuz he realized he will not

    Get her endorsement, whomever gets that wins.

    You heard it here first folks.

    Powder is dry

  • Johnny come lately is not too bright.

    Retire05 is as bitter as ever (usual).

  • Johnny come lately is not too bright.

    Retire05 is as bitter as ever (usual).

    Palin does not need any defense.

  • retire05

    Militant Conservative,
    I am not bitter. I will quote another person who agrees with you on Huntsman:

    “When a Republican candidate joins the left in trying to snark and diminish another Republican, they earn contempt.”

    I would remind all those Palin fans, who now seem to be jumping on the Cain bandwagon, of the above quote. If the Palin fans are upset about Huntsman’s remarks, they need to apply that same standard to ALL Republicans who “joins the left in trying to snark and diminish another Republican”, not just to those that snark and diminish Sarah Palin.

    A lot of us out here in the real world are sick of the Palin followers who feel that nothing unseemly can be said about Sarah Palin and then come on this board and trash other Republican candidates. What Huntsman said probably he shouldn’t have said, but it is not earth shattering. And Palin’s excuse for not getting in the race is lame as she has had three years to see what running would have been like for her and her family. Nothing is new. After being stalked, lied about, having her life dug through like a trash can and people shouting things at her children, she knew all that two years ago. So her reasoning doesn’t hold water for me.

    Not all of us are willing to march to the flute.

  • Lance o Lot

    All you need to know about John Huntsman is that he has the endorsement of James Earl Carter Jr.

  • It matters not at all whether Huntsman was right in his assessment of Palin’s actions. What matters is Huntsman demonstrating the small and petty nature of his character. There was absolutely no reason for him to say those things in public, other than to fulfill his quota of immaturity and petulance.

    I would expect this sort of behavior from one of my grandsons, complaining that the other one took his favorite toy truck. But my grandsons are ages 3 and 4, and get a pass on such behavior.

  • bg


    RedBeard #78 October 7, 2011 at 6:45 am



  • bg


    re: retire05 #76 October 7, 2011 at 6:13 am

    perfect example of an unabashedly proud,
    unashamedly persistent, Alinsky puppy..

    “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” ~ Lenin

    Russian Communist politician & revolutionary (1870 – 1924)

    hah, back in those days perhaps.. these days
    however, it barely makes it past the liars lips..


  • BurmaShave

    Of course, John Huntsman is neither committing nor endangering HIS family fortune while in the process of running for President. He made that clear at the outset of his presidential bid.

    So, another cheap shot from a man of convenient principles. Thank, John. I wish we could say we needed that, but we don’t.

  • the real wow

    #76 October 7, 2011 at 6:13 am
    retire05 commented:

    How would you define the two words “critique” and “eviscerate”? Think about it. Thinking is good for the brain and the soul. You might learn something.

  • Gary

    The real question is why is Huntsman stringing us along?
    Is he going to switch sides and become a Republican or what?

    Anyway, if not for the mention here at GP, I never would have heard about this (as it should be).

  • retire05

    the real wow, I fully understand both words. But if you cannot see the point I am making (Reagan’s 11th Commandment) then you are just as blockheaded as the rest of the Palinistas and Paulbots.

    bg, if all you can do is accuse others of being Alinskyites, I suggest you find something else to do with your time. As I said before, I am willing to debate you, any day, any time, just as soon as you drop the juvenile tactics.

  • retire05

    Gary, Huntsman, like Johnson, is clinging on. For what reason, I am not sure. Neither one has a chance in hell. Bachmann and Santorum are not in much better positions. Newt seems to be gaining slightly. Ron Paul? No chance. Just a bunch of obnoxious, verbal supporters.

    Remember, Romney was the shoe-in in December, 2007. All that changed with the Iowa caucus.

  • bg


    excellent piece by Michelle Malkin..

    The Miracle of iCapitalism

    [Here is your high-resolution teachable moment of the week:

    anti-capitalist, anti-corporate extremists of “Occupy Wall Street”
    mourning Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs without a trace of irony.

    While the Kamp Alinsky Kids ditch school to moan about their massive
    student debt, parade around in zombie costumes and whine about evil
    corporations over poached Wi-Fi connections, it’s the doers and producers
    and wealth creators like Jobs who change the world. They are the gifted 1
    percent whom the “99 percenters” mob seeks to demonize, marginalize and
    tax out of existence.

    Inherent in the American success story of the iMac/iPhone/iPad is a
    powerful lesson about the fundamentals of capitalism. The “Occupiers”
    chant “people over profit.” They call for “caring” over “corporations.”]

    more @ link..


  • daryl

    From RedState

    Is it time for Herman Cain to release complete detailed medical information and allow his doctors to speak to the media? | RedState

  • #87: Yes, just as soon as Obama does so.

  • silent_rage

    “Stringing People Along”? WHAT ?! Since when are we all of a sudden having debates and
    caucuses 15 months before the general election? She’s actually about 4 or 5 months earlier
    than what is normally expected.

  • Pat D

    Governor Sarah Palin resigned from her post because she could no longer do the job she was elected to do. Her enemies had tied her and her administration in knots with frivolous lawsuits and FOI requests. Her family was going bankrupt and there was no prospect that the onslaught would cease. In my opinion, a contributing factor was that her governing coalition of centrist Democrats and renegade Republicans broke when the Democrats lined up behind the Obama administration. She resigned, handing off power to her Lieutenant Governor. In doing so, she knew full well that her political career might be over.

    Governor John Huntsman resigned as Governor of Utah to serve as President Obama’s ambassador to China. He had only served a few months of his second term before throwing his lot in with a then popular Democrat President. Huntsman was unpopular with the Tea Party folk in Utah and likely feared for his future, a fear confirmed when Senator Bob Bennett later lost his primary. Huntsman’s resignation smells of opportunism. Perhaps he believed serving Obama would burnish his credentials as a moderate.

    Illinois Senator Barack Obama arrived in the US Senate in January, 2005. After serving the first two years of his Senate term, he started a run for President. He effectively deserted the Senate from early in 2007 until he won the Presidency and resigned from the Senate. This graph, from GovTrack, shows how many Senate votes he missed.

    In effect, Senator Obama deserted his post as junior senator from Illinois while he ran. He should have resigned when it proved that running for President precluded him from carrying out his duties. Likewise, Hillary Clinton deserted her post for a similar period.

    I leave it to the reader to decide which politician chose the most honorable course.

  • retire05

    Pat D, you can try to paint pretty pictures all around Palin’s resignation, but the fact remains; she quit.

    All the laws suits against her were being spurred on by one blogger who is also in Alaska. To my knowledge, none of the Alaskans that voted for Palin, being the majority that gave her the office, were clammoring for her to resign. It was a decision she made, and gave some excuse about being $500,000.00 in legal fees debt. Odd that she managed to pay off those debts with the publishing of her book, a book she could have written while still in office. I also never read anything about her legal team pressuring her to pay them off.

    And yes, she turned her office over to her Lt. Governor, a former tort lawyer who represented Exxon in the Exxon-Valdez case and became a lobbyist for the oil companies. So now Alaskans have a former oil lobbyist in the Governor’s office.

    Palin could have stayed, showed everyone she was not going to be chased off by a scandal claiming Alaskan blogger who was an entrenced Democrat and hated Palin for that reason. Instead, she quit, and there is no way you can get around that, no matter how pretty you paint it.

  • Pat D

    #91 – The complaints came from multiple sources, not just McLeod.

    1. July 28, 2008: Alaska lawmakers launched an investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power when she fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan over his refusal to let go a state trooper involved in a contentious divorce with Palin’s sister. Stephen Branchflower, a special counsel leading the investigation, concluded Oct. 10 that Palin violated a state ethics law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain. The firing itself was deemed lawful since Monegan was an at-will employee.

    2. Aug. 6, 2008: Complaint filed by outspoken Palin critic Andree McLeod of Anchorage contended Palin and some staff members used their influence to get a Palin supporter a job in state government. Complaint alleged Palin staffers helped Tom Lamal, who once co-hosted a Palin fundraiser, to get a job as a surveyor. Dismissed by state personnel board, although the board’s investigator recommended ethics training for one staffer who made questionable comments in e-mails.

    3. Aug. 20, 2008: Complaint accused Palin of breaking election law by taking a public position on a mining ballot initiative days before the vote. Filed by Brian Kraft, founder of the Bristol Bay Alliance, a group that opposed the Pebble Mine prospect. Rejected May 8 by the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

    Aug. 29, 2008: Palin named as John McCain’s running mate. 4. Sept. 2, 2008: Palin filed a “self disclosure” with the state personnel board over the Troopergate affair, saying a state legislative probe had become too political. On Nov. 3 — the day before the election — Timothy Petumenos, a lawyer hired by the board, said that Palin violated no ethics laws when she fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

    5. Sept. 3, 2008: Complaint by the Public Safety Employees Association alleged Palin or her staff had unauthorized access to and improperly disclosed information from personnel records of Trooper Mike Wooten, Palin’s ex-brother-in-law. Complaint was later amended to include an allegation of harassment. The PSEA’s allegations were investigated alongside Palin’s filing and also dismissed.

    6. Oct. 13, 2008: Monegan asked the board for a hearing to clear his name. Petumenos, in his Nov. 3 Troopergate report to the panel, said there was no legal basis or jurisdiction for such a hearing.

    7. Oct. 23, 2008: Complaint with the Federal Election Commission by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics alleged the $150,000-plus designer wardrobe the Republican Party bought to outfit Palin in her vice presidential quest violated Federal Election Campaign Act. The Washington watchdog group argued that candidates aren’t supposed to use donor money for personal expenses. The FEC ruled May 19 that party money is not covered by the ban.

    8. Oct. 24, 2008: Complaint contended Palin abused her power by charging the state when her children traveled with her. The personnel board found no wrongdoing, but in a Feb. 23 settlement Palin agreed to reimburse the state about $10,000 for costs associated with 10 trips found to be of questionable state interest among 72 travel authorizations studied. The money is due to the state on Tuesday.

    9. Nov. 14, 2008: Accused Palin of partisan “post-election damage control” for talking to reporters about the campaign in her state office. Filed by Zane Henning, a North Slope worker from Wasilla, Palin’s hometown. Dismissed by state personnel board March 23.

    10. Dec. 2, 2008: Alleged Palin violated ethics law by campaigning for Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia. Filed by Anthony Martin of Talkeetna. Dismissed by state personnel board March 23.

    11. Dec. 18, 2008: Complaint contended Palin misused funds of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, a quasi-government entity, to promote her political ambitions with advertisements featuring her, violating ethics law. The ads promoting Alaska seafood ran in the National Fisherman last year through November. Dismissed Jan. 12 after a personnel board investigation determined Palin’s only involvement was to give permission to use her image long before she was named McCain’s running mate.

    12. Jan. 12: Complaint alleging interference in a job hiring was filed under the name of Edna Birch, a busybody character on the British soap opera Emmerdale. Palin’s attorney, Thomas Van Flein, said no one by that name could be found living in Alaska and the filer refused to use a real name, so the complaint was dismissed Feb. 20.

    13. and 14. Jan. 26: Two complaints filed by McLeod alleged two of Palin’s top aides misused their official positions for Palin’s personal and political gain. The complaints said then-press secretary Bill McAllister and Kris Perry — director of the governor’s Anchorage office — worked on state time to benefit Palin’s interests during and after her vice presidential quest. Pending.

    15. March 18: Contended Palin improperly used state staff, property, time and equipment for partisan political purposes. One of the grievances cited was Palin’s posting of her veep candidacy on the official state governor’s Web site — Complaint filed by McLeod. Dismissed May 27 as lacking merit by personnel board May 27.

    16. March 24: Contended conflict of interest by Palin because she wore Arctic Cat logo gear during the Tesoro Iron Dog snowmobile race. Palin’s husband, Todd, is sponsored by Arctic Cat in the race. Filed by Linda Kellen Biegel, a Democratic blogger. Dismissed June 2.

    17. April 22: Alleged that work with Palin’s political action committee violated two provisions of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act by misusing her official position and accepting outside employment. Filed by Anchorage resident Sondra Tompkins. Dismissed as lacking merit by state personnel board May 8.

    18. April 27: Contends Palin is misusing the governor’s office for personal gain by securing unwarranted benefits and receiving improper gifts through the Alaska Fund Trust. The fund was recently established by supporters to help Palin pay off more than $500,000 in legal debts stemming from other ethics complaints, including troopergate. Complaint filed by Eagle River resident, Kim Chatman. Pending.

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    The Alaska legislature fixed the frivolous loop-hole after she left office. No way would the Democrats let her off the hook. Of course, the damage was self-inflicted. Her enemies used her ethics legislation against her.

  • MPCpiano

    I want to thank Jon Huntsman for his campaign-ending statement about science and global warming, that created the liberal meme within the media that Republicans are anti science.

  • Molon Labe


    You’re quite right about the Retarded One. She must be off her meds again. So much hatred and bile. This is the result of spinsterhood.

  • bg


    Pat D #90 October 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

    thank you, i never looked at it via comparisons, as each candidate needs
    to stand on their own merits/demerits.. Sarah also accomplished more for
    her constituents in her short time span than the others have for their as

    yet she’s consistently getting pelted for resigning & others things
    conjured up by Prophet Perry (hey, that’s what he calls himself,
    so don’t go accusing me of bashing him) supporters, because the
    fact remains, they have nothing else.. truly pathetic displays for
    so called TEA Party Conservatives, oh wait, they aren’t..