Expected Republican vice presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wants a state board to review the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan — taking the unusual step of making an ethics complaint against herself, reports the Anchorage Daily News. While ethics complaints are usually confidential, Palin wants the matter open.
Questions about whether she or others in her family or administration pressured Monegan to fire her ex-brother-in-law, state Trooper Mike Wooten, are getting intense national attention. The board must hire an independent counsel for complaints against the governor to determine whether evidence of a violation of the state ethics act exists. The state legislature plans to go forward with its own investigation, said Sen. Hollis French, an Anchorage Democrat and former state prosecutor who is project director for the case.