Palin Administration Responds to Ethics Complaint. Hopes Constituents Will Face “Backlash”.
One thing in the press release was particularly disturbing:
Mike Nizich, the governor’s chief of staff [said] “I hope that the publicity-seekers will face a backlash from Alaskans who have a sense of fair play and proportion.”
What exactly is the “backlash from Alaskans” that Nizich wishes to be leveled at the private citizens who have filed ethics complaints? I know the names of 6 of the filers, and wonder what they are thinking when the administration wishes them “backlash”? One of them, Linda Kellen-Biegel, has addressed this question HERE.
“There’s a core hypocrisy in nearly all of the ethics complaints brought against the governor, including this one. The ethics act clearly states that complaints, when filed, are to be confidential. Ms. Tompkins publicized her filing on several blogs, breaking the letter and the spirit of the law. While there are no penalties in the statute for this illegal behavior, Alaskans of all political persuasions should be appalled that the people who are alleging unethical behavior by the governor are repeatedly doing so unethically.”
I will admit that one of those who filed an ethics complaint against the governor did make very sure to do it in public, and announce it with lots of media attention, right before the election in November, with an obvious desire to influence voters. That person was Sarah Palin, herself. Oops.
Kellen-Biegel in the link above talks about this issue as well.
[h/t to an anonymous Valley Mudflatter for the picture!]