Anti-Palin Screed Makes Wasilla Woman Many Friends

Letter sent to curious friends became Web fave, generated more than 13K responses
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 30, 2008 4:24 PM CDT
Traffic makes its way along the Parks Highway with Pioneer Peak in the background in Wasilla, Alaska Friday, Sept. 12, 2008.    (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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(Newser) – A Wasilla, Alaska, woman just wanted to share her Sarah Palin experiences with 40 friends, but the none-too-flattering email she wrote ended up on computer screens nationwide, the Los Angeles Times reports. Now Anne Kilkenny, who became involved in local politics while Palin was mayor because of a fight to pave her driveway, has been receiving hate mail for criticizing the popular vice presidential candidate. 

She told her friends not to circulate the 24,000-word critique, but circulate it they did. Kilkenny has received more than 13,000 replies—both positive and negative —and her name now returns more than a half-million Google hits. A former deputy mayor called her a "nut case," while a one-time council member praised her as a "watchdog."