Palin Clashed With Fired Official Over Trig's Car Seat

Todd's Troopergate statement hints at bad blood with axed commissioner
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 9, 2008 11:46 AM CDT
Sarah Palin smiles to her her son Trig at the end of her vice presidential debate earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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(Newser) – Deep in the statement Todd Palin wrote to Troopergate investigators is a surprise history of his wife's long-standing feud with a fired Alaska safety commissioner—including clashing over her apparent failure to use a car safety seat for her baby son, Trig. The commissioner was not axed because he refused to fire the state trooper who was divorcing his sister-in-law, Todd Palin contends.

He lost his job because of poor job performance, according to Palin, who also hints at "bad blood" between the commissioner and Sarah Palin, reports the Anchorage Daily News. The commissioner once complained to the governor that it would be "awkward" if reports were true that she wasn't using an infant safety seat. But the governor was a passenger in a truck "on a private farm road," Todd Palin wrote. His wife was also angry because she was denied use of a state trooper plane, he said.