Wednesday, September 3, 2008

McCain Team Fires Back on Palin

NRO's Byron York has an excellent article, Team McCain Hits Back on Palin, Vetting.

This bodes very well for Palin and her being chosen for the VP slot. The "Troopergate" issue could've been ugly - the alleged impropriety is that Palin fired a state police commissioner supposedly because he would not fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper in Alaska.

York got this information from a senior McCain strategist.

Salient quotes:

Palin, the strategist said, was subjected to a “complete vet.” “That included her filling out a 70-question questionnaire that was highly intrusive and personal. She was then interviewed for more than three hours by A.B. Culvahouse. There were multiple follow-up interviews.”

“There was a public records search and political vet. There was a private life and financial vet. Everything that has come out was known by the campaign through the vetting process.

She was never a member of the independence party, because she has been a registered Republican.” (Later, the McCain camp put out a statement saying it had provided reporters with “ALL voter registration documentation” showing that Palin has been a registered Republican since 1982 and “has never been a member of the AIP.”)

From our conversation, it was clear that the McCain campaign paid a lot of attention to the so-called “Troopergate” issue.

The man who was fired has said on the record that he was never pressured by the governor or the governor’s husband on the issue of firing Trooper Wooten. The governor had a vision for how she wanted that department to be run. The commissioner had a different vision.”

The source said, “Every aspect of her political record is known to us. These people [McCain’s opponents] are desperate.”

McCain site has this bio on Gov. Palin.

IBD has an editorial here, on Palin Firing Back.

And, McCain has a new ad:

More found here, at The Pantheon Journal.

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