The purported and transparently untrue claim that Palin resigned her office abruptly because of the millions of dollars frivolous lawsuits are costing Alaskans deserves a little factual push-back. From the Anchorage Daily News:
There have been 18 known ethics complaints filed against her. The governor's office said they've been dismissed so far with no finding of wrongdoing, although she did settle a complaint over state-paid travel for her children. The state personnel board put its cost of dealing with the complaints at about $300,000 -- around two-thirds of which was in addressing the "Troopergate" issue last fall. Palin herself initiated the personnel board investigation on "Troopergate," saying that the state Legislature's investigation of the matter was politicized and she was seeking the appropriate venue to deal with it.
So one ethics complaint saved the state money; and the most expensive one was initiated by Palin herself, because the legislature came to the wrong conclusion. Her claim of "millions" is dreamed up by trying to include hours spent by legal staff responding to lawsuits. But that's their job. Like almost every other defense Palin has given of something weird in her life, this one makes no sense.
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