Just when I think Sarah Palin must have gone off her meds... she demonstrates she has...
Months ago, she asked Ted Stevens "to step aside... to play a very statesmanlike role in this now." RESIGN! This week, she asked Senator Begich to resign. Does she think if they all resign she can move to Washington? I wonder. Write your own rules, play your own game and you get a free wardrobe? Did we vote for best looking? Or best Levi's? Or best smile? NO! Sarah Palin ousted incumbent Frank Murkowski in the primary and popular governor Tony Knowles in the general! She won because the People wanted change. The people wanted leadership. The people wanted Ethical Honest Government. The people did not want Mean Girl Snark!
Tonight she released a letter to Senate President Gary Stevens. Background: I'll be brief. Juneau Senator Kim Elton-D received an appointment from President Obama to work in the Department of Interior on March 6, 2009. Alaska rules state that the district party submit preferred candidates to the Governor for an appointment. The Juneau Democrats gave Sarah Palin one name: Beth Kerrtula. Beth is currently a House Representative. She has been a member of the House since 1999. She has been the House leader since 2006. Kerrtula is clearly the most qualified candidate in Juneau.
During the campaign, Beth said that Sarah Palin was not qualified to be VICE-President... I know, shocking assessment. Sarah had a cow and named local Republican turned Democrat Tim Grussendorf to the seat.
Tim was a Republican 3 weeks ago... tadah! Now he's a Dem. The rules state the Senate Democrats have to approve the appointment. They said, "Thanks but no thanks."
More background...even briefer: Star Date 2007, Republican Representative (from Wasilla) Vic Kohring was convicted of bribery and corruption. Empty seat. Sarah appoints an elder from her Super Size Your Jesus church, Wes Keller. The Repubs approve... DONE, Keller is a House Representative.
My gosh, you're all caught up! OH, Wait! The process is now UNCONSTITUTIONAL to Madam Palin. She has just released a letter saying she wants her pick; Republican Tim Grussendorf (sounds like a wizard from Harry Potter) to go before the full house for approval! And, Palin believes the historical process is wrong.
I only hope she has medicine for the drama she brings to the state of Alaska. Here is her letter:
April 2, 2009
The Honorable Gary Stevens
Alaska State Senate
State Capitol, Room 111
Juneau, AK 99801
Dear Senator Stevens:
On March 31, I nominated, under AS 15.40.320, Mr. Tim Grussendorf to fill the vacant senate seat for senate district B. On the following day, April 1, I received an unsigned memo from "Alaska Senate Democrats" to Senator Gary Stevens that the nomination of Tim Grussendorf, "did not achieve the needed support to be seated." The memo also stated that "Today the nine Senate Democrats met to discuss Governor Palin's nomination." Based on various news reports, it is our understanding that the meeting of Senate Democrats took place behind closed doors.
The Alaska Constitution provides that "Each [house of the legislature] is the judge of the . . . qualifications of its members. . . ." Alaska Const. art. II, sec. 12. The Department of Law has opined that "confirmation by a political caucus is probably a legally deficient procedure. The confirmation procedure set out in existing law appears to conflict with the Alaska Constitution." 1987 Inf. Op. Att'y Gen. 2 (Sept. 21; 663-88-0107).
Accordingly, the closed-door action taken by a minority of the Alaska Senate is without legal effect. Until the Alaska Senate takes action consistent with the Alaska Constitution, my appointment of Mr. Grussendorf remains in effect.
I respectfully request that the entire Alaska Senate consider my nomination of Mr. Grussendorf in open session, in the same fashion as the legislature would consider any other appointment subject to confirmation. The people of Alaska and Juneau are entitled to a public confirmation process that is consistent with the Alaska Constitution.
cc: The Honorable Johnny Ellis, Senate Majority Leader
Memorandum to Senator Gary Stevens, Alaska State Senate President.
File No. 663-88-0107, Subject: Procedure for appointment to fill legislative vacancy.
With the GOP dumping Sarah Palin for Newt Gingrich, Wayne Anthony Ross a less than savory Attorney General candidate and Senator Begich NOT resigning, we may be witnessing the desperate gasps, rattling coughs, and grasping at ghosts of a lost political career.