Not long after Alaska Governor Sarah Palin just had her 19th Ethics Complaint dismissed, and sure enough, here comes ethics complaint number 20! Here’s a snippet from Greta Van Sustern’s Fox News program Friday:
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Governor Sarah Palin got another ethics complaint today. This is the 20th complaint against the governor. Many have been dismissed. The latest complaint alleges that Governor Palin abused her office by accepting a salary and using state staff while campaigning as the Republican vice presidential candidate. Well, did that happen, and is that a violation of Alaska’s ethics rules?
THOMAS VAN FLEIN, ATTORNEY FOR SARAH PALIN: In my opinion, absolutely not. What really happened is the governor obviously went on the campaign trail. All expenses were paid while on the campaign by the campaign itself. So there’s an end (ph) of the official travel documents in August 27th, and the complainant thinks that the governor went off duty on August 27th, and that’s not true. The governor was completely in touch with her staff, brought a staff member with her, and that was subject of a separate complaint, which was thrown out, and the personnel board concluded it was very ethical and saved the state money to have a staff member with her.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, do you know anything about the person filing the complaint? Has that person ever filed a complaint before or have any sort of motive or — you know, what’s her relationship or his relationship to this?
VAN FLEIN: The complainant here has filed a total of five, or one fifth of the complaints so far — I’m sorry, one fourth of the complaints so far has been filed by this one individual. In addition, this individual has filed a lawsuit against the governor regarding certain documents and has filed multiple document requests or Freedom of Information Act type requests with the office of governor. So it’s a very persistent critic of the governor who has caused a lot of this.
So I did a little research, and found one name that kept popping up in ethics complaints in Alaska: Andree McLeod. (The link will take you to one of the early ethics complaints Ms. McLeod filed so you can read for yourself how infantile these things are.)
The ethics complaints can be seen
In a post on her weekly Alaska Ear gossip column, Toomey passes on some interesting information about Andree McLeod. It seems our self-elected Ethics Queen now considers herself a Fashion Queen as well. Here’s the pertinent excerpt from Alaska Ear:
NOT UPLIFTING … Andree McLeod, the Anchorage activist who’s usually busy second-guessing the governor’s ethics, is unhappy with the way some state workers dress. In an e-mail to administration commish Annette Kreitzer, Andree allowed as how she’s “astounded at the amount and magnitude of cleavage being exhibited by female employees in State of Alaska offices these days. Upon entering an office, I’m initially embarrassed when subjected to such low cut tops. …The negative impact this all has on the business I have to conduct is not to my benefit. I leave the office feeling offended.”
This poses a real dilemma. On the one hand, I absolutely despise what Andree McLeod has done to Sarah Palin. Four ethics complaints PLUS a lawsuit? If that isn’t legal stalking, I don’t know what is. On the other hand, I find it disgusting the way so many American women dress like whores in public, particularly in an office environment. The impetus for this comes from the mass media and the entertainment industry, which promotes the lowest common cultural denominator. To the entertainment industry, women are nothing more than toys or commodities to be ruthlessly exploited.
Andree McLeod’s less typical background reveals another possible reason why this has become an issue. According to previous Alaska Voter’s Guides published in 2002 and 2004, when she ran unsuccessfully for the House District 24 seat, McLeod was born in Beirut, Lebanon. Undoubtedly, she came in contact with Muslims while she was there, possibly even the fundamentalist types. This philosophy could have easily influenced McLeod’s thinking.
Of course, this begs the question, “What does this have to do with her ethics complaints against the Governor?” What this implies is that Andree McLeod may actually be sincere about these complaints – and may have an extreme view about ethics. Thus Sarah Palin is not merely being “held accountable” by a responsible citizen, but is being legally stalked by a fanatic who wants to hold the Governor hostage to impossible standards. And, as she reveals in an encounter with KBYR conservative talk-show host Eddie Burke, standards she will not abide herself. In the YouTube video embedded below, Burke asks McLeod several times if she had applied for a job with the Palin Administration and was turned down:
Not once did Andree McLeod answer the question. Not once. What is she trying to hide? Why doesn’t she answer the question? If she’s going to accuse Sarah Palin of ethics violations, she has a moral obligation to answer such a question.
One of the commenters to this blog had another opinion, shared by many other commenters:
I think it has more to do with the fact that prior to living in Alaska she lived in Taxachussetts, and she’s more a disciple of Saul Alinsky than of anyone else. Her tactics used against Palin come right out of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, particularly Rule #4:
RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)
There are other comments, but more profane and rude. My guess is she’s not very well liked, given the volume and depth of the venom displayed. There’s more on the elusive Ms. McLeod
HERE in a particularly long and detailed article that seems to indicate she gained her anti-government views after being denied a license to operate . . . a falafel stand?
No, really, you can’t make this stuff up.