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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Sarah Palin Resigns - Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

And it's even happier now that Sarah Palin has resigned.

And it's probably because Sarah Palin faces federal indictment for embezzlement.

This helps explains things a bit:

The sports complex is a $12.5 million boondoggle in Wasilla. And it was Sarah's baby.

The architect at the design firm that was awarded a $500k contract to design the complex is the son of one of Saray Palin's mentors.

Palin then named that architect to a committee that then chose a contractor owned by a guy who contributed $4,000 to Palin's campaigns -- which was a lot of money for the level of politics she was at at the time. The other bidding contractors protested the bidding process.

One of the subcontractors, a company called Spenard (remember that name), was a sponsor of Todd Palin's snowmobile team (which would have allegedly brought the Palin family 10,000's of dollars). Spenard had also hired Sarah to do a commercial for them a couple of years earlier. While the sports complex was being built, Spenard supposedly supplied the Palins with some of the materials for their new house.

Todd Palin claims he built their house with help from some "buddies," but he won't say who they were. And Sarah blocked an effort to require the filing of building permits in Wasilla, which ensured that Todd's "helpers" remained a secret.

Tangentially, around the same time that the above was happening, Palin was running for Lt. Governor. About 10% of her campaign funds came from the execs (and their wives) of an oil field service company called Veco.

Veco is at the heart of the Sen. Ted Stevens scandal. The company's top execs have been indicted for bribing Alaskan politicians. They allegedly had paid $250k for an extensive remodeling job on Ted Stevens' house in 2000.

Spenard was also involved in the work on Stevens' house. (Seeing a pattern?)

Shortly after the new Palin house was built, Sarah took over as head of Ted Stevens' PAC.

And here's where it comes together today: The indicted Veco execs are supposed to be cooperating with the Feds. June 30th was a deadline set for the prosecutors to report on the extent of their cooperation. Three days later Sarah Palin suddenly resigns from her office as governor, with so little warning that even local media in Alaska has trouble making it to her press conference in time, and her head spokesperson is in NYC, apparently unprepared and with no coherent cover story.

Right-wing mouthpiece Thomas Lindaman stuck up for this moron repeatedly, which was funny. But now it's gotten even funnier.