Alaskan: Palin 'spinning' on Bridge to Nowhere claims listen09/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Yesterday the John McCain campaign unveiled what they called a Truth Squad to protect GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Today, the Obama camp responded with what they call their Alaska Mythbusters, featuring former Alaskan Gov. Tony Knowles and Ketchikan, Alaska, Mayor Bob Weinstein.
Knowles, the previous governor in Alaska, says he thinks its bad form to criticize a sitting governor. But he said the stakes were too big now for him to reserve comment. He discussed the Troopergate controversy involving Palin, who is accused of firing her public safety commissioner. Palin reportedly fired Walt Monegan after he refused to get involved in firing her former brother-in-law, a state trooper who was involved in an exceptionally nasty divorce with her sister.
Knowles said that when Palin was told it was inappropriate to continue to be involved in the case, she did not pull back, but ultimately fired the public safety commissioner. And Knowles said Palin changed her position that the inquiry would be open and cooperative with the investigators.
Bob Weinstein is the mayor of Ketchikan, the home of the Bridge to Nowhere. He denies that Palin ever told Congress "thanks, but no thanks" regarding getting congressional funding for a bridge to Gravina Island. The island hosts an airport but the only other access is by ferry.
He said Palin couldn’t say anything to Congress, because she was not yet governor when Congress was dealing with whether or not to ultimately decided not to fund the bridge. And he says she took exception to people calling the project a bridge to nowhere.
Another new television ad by the McCain campaign claims – based on an article by a Wall Street Journal reporter - that the Obama camp sent out a team of attorneys and opposition researchers to Alaska the day after Palin was selected as VP. The Obama team denies that.
When asked by a reporter on the conference call if any independent or third party groups have come to Alaska to reseach Palin, Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein bashed the McCain campaign team for doing little if any vetting of Palin.