A virtually unanimous and bipartisan Alaska Senate this week found the husband of Gov. Sarah Palin, Todd Palin, and nine state employees, including top Palin aides, in contempt for ignoring subpoenas to testify in the Troopergate investigation. Only one Republican voted against the measure.
The Senate vote is a direct contradiction to Palin’s argument that her staff cooperated and acted appropriately in the matter. However, the Senate voted not to seek punishment in the matter.
The 10 people cited in the resolution are Todd Palin; Sarah Palin’s Chief of Staff Mike Nizich; Deputy Chief of Staff Randy Ruaro; special assistant Ivy Frye; Department of Administration Commissioner Annette Kreitzer; Department of Administration employees Dianne Kiesel, Nicki Neal and Brad Thompson; Kris Perry, the director of the Palin’s Anchorage office; and the governor’s scheduler, Janice Mason.
The legislative special counsel, Stephen Branchflower, previously found that Palin had abused her office in the scandal.
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