Palin Facing Alaska Ethics Investigation

State probes claim that Mac pick had former in-law canned from job
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2008 12:30 PM CDT
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband Todd wave as she is introduced as Republican John McCain's running mate today in Dayton, Ohio.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – John McCain’s running mate comes to the national campaign embroiled in a scandal back home, Talking Points Memo reports. Alaska’s legislative council has appointed a special commission to investigate Gov. Sarah Palin, who’s accused of pressuring the state’s department of public safety to fire her former brother-in-law, state trooper Mike Wooten—who is battling Palin’s sister in a messy custody suit.

Palin denies the charges but has admitted that someone in her administration played a role in “Wooten-gate.” She’s distanced herself from the staffer, but phone recordings suggest he was acting with her consent. “This is a governor who was almost impervious to error,” a Democratic state senator tells the Wall Street Journal. “Now she could face impeachment, in a worst-case scenario.”