The record against Sarah Palin is long and sordid

There is a long and sordid trail of public records in the National Archives in Seattle that was compiled during the federal wrongful termination lawsuit involving the Mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin, and its police chief, Irl Stambaugh.  He opposed keeping bars in Wasilla opened until 5am.  He thought 2:30-3am was more in line with their closest neighbor, Anchgorage over 40 miles away, and would reduce drunk driving incidents.  She voted to keep bars open until 5am.  He voted against allowing the concealed carry laws be extended to bars.  Alcohol and guns don’t mix he reasoned.  Not Sarah Palin and the NRA.  Please read the yesterday’s front page article in the Seattle Times a selection of which follows …

Sarah Palin had turbulent first year as mayor of Alaska town

Six years of her executive experience came as mayor of Wasilla, a city north of Anchorage that had about 5,000 residents when she took over. As much of Palin’s hometown rallies with pride around her, 1,400 miles away — in a National Archives warehouse in Seattle — three boxes of documents help capture the quality of her mayoral experience.

These records, from a federal wrongful-termination lawsuit, include the minutiae of municipal governance, with memos to administrators and personnel records stamped "confidential." The documents, combined with accounts from her hometown newspaper, show how Palin’s first year as mayor could easily have been her last.

She became embroiled in personnel challenges, a thwarted attempt to pack the City Council and a standoff with her local newspaper. Her first months were so contentious and polarizing that critics started talking recall.

Her first months also exposed threads that would later become patterns — friends become enemies, enemies become friends and questions get raised about why she fired this person or that person.

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