Blogger Halcro admits to "responsibility" for Troopergate
by NeciVelez, Fri Oct 10, 2008 at 03:23:22 AM EDT
Kudos to blogger Andrew Halcro and to the power of the blogosphere. We stand as sentinels of information gathering and dissemination and he is a fine example of one such netcitizen.
His diary, The blogger on the grassy knoll recounts the history of the Troopergate investigation, and the role he played in it.
Tongue in cheek he reports:
After months of hiding from the truth, I'll finally admit it; I was the blogger on the grassy knoll.
I am to blame for the entire Troopergate scandal and the ensuing investigation into if Governor Sarah Palin abused the power of her office by firing former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan because he wouldn't fire her ex brother in law, State Trooper Mike Wooten.
Me, me, me. The blog stops with me.
I am responsible for Governor Palin's husband Todd's weird obsession with his former brother in law State Trooper Mike Wooten, where he admitted in a deposition this week that he has spent years trying to get Wooten fired.
I am responsible for the "over two dozen phone calls" Governor Palin admitted her staff made to the Department of Public Safety to inquire about the status of her former brother in law.
I am responsible for the recorded phone call where Palin's right hand man Frank Bailey is pressuring another State Trooper that Wooten needs to be fired, even though he hadn't been able to convince anyone else in authority.
He has every right to take responsibility for all of this, since the blame is being laid at his feet by the Palin's and their cover-up minions:
In an Associated Press story released late Thursday evening, the campaign released a 21 page pre-emptive report on their own conclusion of the investigation. And not surprisingly, they've laid the blame at the feet of someone other than themselves.
The AP reported:
The campaign's report instead blames former campaign opponent, Andrew Halcro, who has a blog, of conspiring with Wooten to pin Monegan's dismissal on the family's dispute with Wooten. Three days after Monegan was fired, they say, Wooten told his ex-wife, Palin's sister, that: "You guys are going down. Get ready for the show."
Two days after that confrontation, they say, Halcro and Wooten met at a hotel bar in Anchorage for more than three hours -- and that evening, Halcro posted the first accusations on his blog that Monegan had been fired because of a vendetta against Wooten by the Palin family.
"It is tragic that a false story hatched by a blogger after drinks with Trooper Wooten led the legislature to allocate over $100,000 of public money to be spent in what has become a politically driven investigation," the 21-page report concludes.
Halcro goes on to lay out the truth of the matter in exquisite detail.
Head on over to his blog and show him some love. While there please take the time to read Todd's Deposition: A Dud from the Dude where Halcro deconstructs Todd Palin's written deposition.
Here's a sample:
We've broken down some of the more curious responses and half truths in his depositions, many of which we written about over the last few months.
Page 1, Line 17: "(Wooten) illegally shot a cow moose without a permit"
Palin of course leaves out the fact that his entire family knew the moose was shot illegally in 2003 but that didn't stop him and his family from butchering and eating the meat, only to file the complaint two years later when Wooten was divorcing Sarah's sister.
Page 2, Line 16: "In 2005 and 2006, State Trooper Mike Wooten was the subject of a court ordered domestic violence protective order."
Palin of course leaves out the fact that the order was granted while Wooten was out of state taking his step son to Portland. While he was away, Sarah Palin and her sister went before a judge in Palmer and convinced the judge to grant the order without any evidence of domestic violence. Upon his return, Anchorage Judge John Suddock questioned Palin's sister and immediately revoked the order, calling it an egregious abuse of the legal system.
More importantly, let's give him some comradely assistance by DIGGing up
DIGG Deposition from a Dude
DIGG Blogger on the Grassy Knoll
In 1998, he ran for the Alaska House of Representatives as a Republican, winning both the primary and the general election. In 2000, he won the Republican primary by a two-to-one margin and was unopposed in the general election. During his term in office, he earned a reputation as a maverick who sometimes put his foot in his mouth, as when his comments on what he saw as Bush Alaska's dependency on government funding earned him criticism from across the political spectrum. On another occasion, he publicly criticized other Republican legislators for taking too many junkets at taxpayer expense, which resulted in the loss of his position as chair of the House Transportation Committee.
In 2002, he chose not to seek re-election. He returned to Anchorage to run his company and serve on Democratic Mayor Mark Begich's transition team.
Halcro announced his candidacy for the 2006 Alaska gubernatorial election on January 24, 2006. Although he was a registered, lifelong Republican, he ran as an Independent because he did not believe that he could win a party nomination in the Alaska Republican Party's closed primary system given his prior demotion in the Republican Party at the national level and his closer associations with the state Democratic Party since 2002.
Since losing his gubernatorial bid, Halcro has used his blog site to discuss Alaska political issues, including the Governor's administration, the State Legislature, and election issues.
Though the McCain Palin machine has issued a preemptive statement today, in an attempt to defuse, and control the narrative on the upcoming release of the report on the investigation, we would be wise to bookmark Halcro's blog, and those of other Alaskans, like Mudflats.(cross posted at Daily Kos)