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This is what desperation looks like

If you really want to see what desperation looks like, check out the front page of the Daily Kos. I won't link here, but currently posted there by diarist RobertoW is a claim that Sarah Palin lied about "firing" the state chef. Here is the quote from Palin's convention speech:

While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for.

That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.

I also drive myself to work.

And I thought we could muddle through without the governor's personal chef - although I've got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her. I came to office promising to control spending - by request if possible and by veto if necessary.

Senator McCain also promises to use the power of veto in defense of the public interest - and as a chief executive, I can assure you it works.

The Kossack says Palin lied about "firing" the chef and cites an article from an Alaska paper as proof:
Aside from having listed a state plane on eBay, the most popular anecdotal example of Sarah Palin's credentials as a reformer has been her firing the governor's chef. This has been quickly seized on by clueless Lower 48 Palin partisans as a colorful example of belt-tighting via downhome folksiness: Palin didn't just kick out the "uppity" gourmet chef, she claimed she planned on cooking herself, with her kids chipping in to make sandwiches.

As you might expect, this turns out to be another Palin fabrication. The 6/29/07 Anchorage Daily News article about the firing actually reveals the shocking truth behind the deception.

First, firing the governor's chef saved no money at all, because the chef was transferred, not fired. In the article, an e-mail from the fired chef, Stefani Marnon, to friends and colleagues is quoted as saying "Friday will be my last day at the house, but I will still be employed with the state."

He then cites another article with another shocking revelation:
"Remember the long-time executive chef who lost her job at the Mansion when Sarah decided to live mostly in Wasilla instead of Juneau? Stefani Marnon was first reassigned as a "constituent relations assistant" in the governor's office and later to the state museum."
That is the shocking revelation. The governor did not spend all her time at the mansion and the chef was reassigned and not fired. The diarist complained that Palin was only working part-time. Is this woman something or what? Not only did she accomplish things in her year and a half as governor that others had not been able to get done in many years, but she did it without even working full time. Is this really the kind of stuff they think is going to anger voters? The more of this stuff they point out to me, the more I admire her. No wonder the polls are turning on them. Remember what saved Bill Clinton's bacon during the Lewinsky scandal? That line about getting back to work for the American people. Obama's followers are spending hours and hours picking apart each word Palin has uttered and trying to twist them into some sinister lie. Whether Obama's campaign is behind any of this or not, these idiots make them look like all their side is doing is attacking Palin. Americans want someone who will work to solve their problems -- not incessantly attack their opponent. If they keep this up McCain might just win in a landslide.


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Comments (5)

"The governor did not spend... (Below threshold)
JoeC:

"The governor did not spend all her time at the mansion ..."

Maybe the author should compare this to Illinois, Obama's home state where the governor refuses to live in the capitol, wants to move the capitol from Springfield to Chicago, because his wife does want to live downstate with the rest of the peasants. (Ok, the peasants is an exaggeration, maybe, slightly. That's just how the peasants er... downstaters feel about it.)

Ahhhh, the twists and turns and the irony in this election have me more interested than I have EVER been about presidential politics. Interested to the point where I actually contributed money to the candidate of my choice.

You nailed it, Lorie.... (Below threshold)
dooz:

You nailed it, Lorie.

So basically, instead of ha... (Below threshold)
ravenshrike:

So basically, instead of having a personal chef she transferred the chef to become essentially a state-owned caterer. Which means that the state would thereby save money by not hiring whoever they would normally hire for those functions. Not to mention I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't something in the standard state contract that you couldn't be fired for X reason. I fail to see where Palin lied at all.

There is video all over yo... (Below threshold)
Stace:

There is video all over youtube of her supporting "the bridge to nowhere" when it was 'Politically Expedient' for the purposes of that particular campaign.

Now the campaign is saying that she was only in favor of it when she thought it was going to be a cheaper bridge, but how much did they think it would cost when 'the road to nowhere' (the the access road leading to the bridge, which was built) cost 25 Million alone.

The federal government awarded that money to every state (foolishly) after 9/11 to make the state, and by extension the country, more secure.

A less disgraceful political establishment would have spent the money on securing power plants, chemical facilites, and a border with russia, where theoretically a creative mind could again envision attacks of many sorts being staged.

Instead, Palin put Campaign First, and ran for Governor partly on the platform of supporting the bridge. Its not that she had a change of heart when she saw how expensive it was getting, but instead she 'flip-flopped' when national attention exposed the record amounts of pork being dished out in Alaska.

Don't take my word for it, though. I just did a little independent research. File your complaints with Wikipedia.

Wikipedia Article on Gravina Island Bridge

"During her campaign for Governor, Sarah Palin visited Ketchikan in September of 2006 to address her support for the Gravina Island Bridge project. At a forum in Ketchikan, Palin was seen holding up a t-shirt designed by a Ketchikan artist, Mary Ida Henrikson with "Nowhere Alaska 99901" on it, referencing the buzzword of Bridge to 'Nowhere', and the primary zip code of Ketchikan, Alaska."

...

"The project was canceled in 2007 by bridge supporter Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who changed her view after national public opinion turned against the bridge for being wasteful spending."

Come on if she still prepar... (Below threshold)
jon howard:

Come on if she still prepared food for her children her children could not of been upset. Right? If her children were not upset then she is a lier. Correct?




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