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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

What's She Got Against Women?

By Keith R. Schmitz

For yet another example of John McCain's personnel skills in selecting Sarah Palin as his dream date, ABC News reports that the real reason Caribou Barbie fired Alaskan Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan was not because he had gone over her head in seeking federal money for an initiative to combat sexual assault crimes, before she had approved the program.

Of course that reason changes daily.

According to the intro by Talking Points Memo:
It now appears that the program in question is one that most elected officials would be wary of admitting they hadn't strongly backed. According to Peggy Brown, who heads the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Monegan wanted to use the federal money to hire retired troopers and law enforcement officials, and assign them to investigate the most egregious cases of sexual assault -- including those against children.

In other words, if Palin's new story is true, she fired Monegan for being too aggressive in going after child molesters.

ABC News reported yesterday that, although Alaska leads the nation in reported rapes per capita, Palin hasn't made the issue a priority as governor.

Monegan, however, appeared eager to change that. "He seemed to get the issue and really took it seriously," Brown told TPMmuckraker.
This, on top of that Wasilla when Palin was mayor was charging rape victims for the cost of rape kits before the state of Alaska put a stop to it. Just part of the drip, drip, drip of stories that is eroding into the McCain lead.

And we have over six big weeks to go.

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