Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger
Anthony Weiner may not be the only politician whose electronic shortcomings could derail his career. The State of Alaska has released 24,000 pages of emails by then-governor Sarah Palin pursuant to a FOIA request. The emails cover all sorts of Palin controversies like Troopergate, Travel Expense-gate, and even the flurry of activity surrounding her eventual selection as John McCain’s running mate. One email details Palin’s frustration with questions from reporters about whether she believes humans and dinosaurs co-existed.
There’s even praise for an unlikely recipient – President Obama. Palin praises a speech on energy policy made by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, asking her aides to write a statement “saying he’s right on”.
Some of the emails show a contrast from the public persona carefully crafted of a down-to-earth everymom. In one email, Governor Palin moves to link a defeated political opponent, Frank Murkowski, to Bill Allen, who was indicted in a scandalous bribery case.
“FYI — I’ve asked Frank Bailey to help me track down soem [sic] evidence of past administration’s dealing with Bill Allen,” Palin wrote on May 8, 2007, a day after Allen pleaded guilty to bribery, extortion and conspiracy.
About 2300 pages have not yet been released pending legal review and redaction. That’s where the rubber usually meets the road. More to come? You betcha’.
~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger