Essentially, McLeod, taking Gov. Palin at her own word (that's a risky business, eh?), felt it was obvious Palin was breaking the spirit and letter of the code, based, in part, on this statement:
“Some people direct their mail to me or my family in our personal capacities and others appear to direct their mail to me as the Governor es qualite’. Mail continues to arrive. There are boxes of unopened mail at this point, even mail that was delivered in 2008. Thus, as initially disclosed, ‘we continue to open boxes’ and we consider any parcel ‘received’ at the time it is opened. I have reported those gifts received thus far that are required to be disclosed.”
Here's a link to McLeod's current clarification request, commonly misnamed an "ethics complaint."
Back to the show. Palin's predilection to tweet incessantly and almost mindlessly is well-known. So when McLeod's request was announced, thousands of Palin followers from all over the political and political humor sprectra pounced on Palin's twitter page. And they were rewarded. Here's how I recorded them, in real time order:
in violation of Ethics Act more allegations were filed today by serial complainer;gave to press be4 we could respond;ridiculous, wasteful...
followed seven minutes later by:
Some ask why not sue abusers of Ethics Act bc state wastes 1000's hrs/millions of tax dollars to fight (and win!) frivolous charges, tho....
followed another seven minutes later by:
it costs political critics NOTHING to file/play their wasteful game;They should debate policy in political arena,not hide w/process abuse...
followed four minutes later by:
BUT if there was a suit to end public waste of time/funds to constantly address false allegations I could see perhaps a veteran filing it...
followed eight minutes later by:
someone who's put their life on the line protecting even opponents' right to speak & protest, was willing to die for freedom of press but...
followed 19 minutes later by:
knows it's shameful 4 valuable time& public resources to be diverted frm needed causes to deal w/this abuse of govt accountability system...
followed two minutes later by:
Hopefully these political critics filing this stuff (& some in press perpetuating it) appreciate the freedom to do so, protected by our vets
Yesterday, upon reading this series, I commented that they struck me as more mean than her usual responses to pressure. I also observed that "I've already come to the conclusion that Palin is delusional in some areas, and her projection of so many imaginary things into this series of tweets is creepily pathetic."
Some bloggers put a lot of weight on Palin's tied together series, "BUT if there was a suit to end public waste of time/funds to constantly address false allegations I could see perhaps a veteran filing it... someone who's put their life on the line protecting even opponents' right to speak & protest, was willing to die for freedom of press but..."[emphasis added]
Some have suggested Palin needs to start a blog.
Others are questioning her understanding of our basic rights.
Others are questioning her sanity. Some are suggesting a kind of family intervention. Rather, though, she is continually being enabled further and further out on her rather creaky tree limb.
by Rachel D'OroAnd Palin, who had been tweeting merrily away all morning, has been tweetless now for about 90 minutes....
The Associated Press
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An independent investigator has found evidence that Gov. Sarah Palin may have violated ethics laws by accepting private donations to pay her legal debts.
The report obtained by The Associated Press says Palin is securing unwarranted benefits and receiving improper gifts through the Alaska Fund Trust, set up by supporters.
An investigator for the state Personnel Board says in his July 14 report that there is probable cause to believe Palin used or attempted to use her official position for personal gain because she authorized the creation of the trust as the "official" legal defense fund.
The fund aims to help Palin pay off debts stemming from multiple ethics complaints against her, most of which have been dismissed.
Palin says she owes more than $500,000 in legal fees.
A call seeking comment from her lawyer was not immediately returned.