Flap Over Cop's Job Ensnares Alaska Gov.

Possible McCain VP pick allegedly pushed to fire sister's ex
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2008 2:24 PM CDT
Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan talks about a state funded program at his Anchorage office in this file photo. Monegan was fired recently, and accuses Governor Palin of being involved.   (AP Photo/Al Grillo)
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(Newser) – Alaska's governor, a longshot possibility as John McCain's running mate, is under scrutiny in the wake of allegations she had the state's public-safety commissioner fired as part of a personal vendetta, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Walt Monegan says Sarah Palin pressured him to fire her sister’s state trooper ex-husband, and thinks his refusal led to his own dismissal.

“I'm fairly confident at this point that what we're going to see is the appointment of an independent investigator,” said the chairman of the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee. Palin denies all wrongdoing and says she welcomes the investigation. “The proof is in the pudding," she said. "He didn't fire anybody. The trooper is still a trooper."