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Published: Friday, Feb. 5 2010 1:41 p.m. MST

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Is this news?

So what!

Pagan

What? Did the '1st dude' quit halfway through like his wife quit being Gov with 1.5years left in her first term as Gov of alaska?

Anonymous

Palin is a crooked politician and a crooked person with a grandson born out of wedlock.

John Adams

John Adams regularly turned to his wife for advice, both as a private citizen and a public servant (US VP and President). So what?! Ultimately the decision lies behind the person with the authority to make the call.

Very Important Crazy

All this article does is support the fact that Palin is crazy... oh wait... we already knew that. If you think Obama is bad, i would have moved overseas if Palin was elected VP.

Cats

Anonymous 2:04: If Palin were crooked, she would have been charged and convicted of crimes a long time ago. She has been acquitted of every trumped up charge that the far-left haters have thrown at her. That's one of the reasons she left office early. She had to make some money to pay all her legal bills resulting from all the vicious charges that they assaulted her with.

There is nothing wrong with seeking the advice of a spouse. Michelle Obama is her husband's closest advisor.

Quite honestly, I think this is pretty much a non story.

NON SEQUITOR

Comparing John Adams to sarahpalin is like comparing RONALD REAGAN to some hack SNL actor.

You have to be Kidding

So what? John Adams? Come on. Here is a politician who remains on the stage with aspirations for the White House. It is a big deal. Read the article. The First Dude not only dispensed advice, he was involved in governance - a far different role than Abigal Adams. The hold Ms. Palin has on people, especially in States like Utah, baffles me. What will it take to discredit her? Murder? Polygamy?

kge

To Very Important Crazy -- if you decide to move overseas please take our intern President and his committees that now run our country with you. I do concur with you on Palin being an inadequate VP choice.

Herb Gravy

"NON SEQUITOR" Get over it. Sarah Palin rocks! Did we have e-mail when Clinton was President? I'll bet Hillary consulted Bill on a number of occasions to get his opinion re important appointments, etc. Other decisions, I'm sure, she made on her own without consulting him. (He was too busy doing "other" things). This is such a non-story. Guess that's why so few of us took the time to comment!

Oh brother

To Very Important Crazy: there is no way on earth you would have moved if Palin became president. Liar, liar. And there hasn't been a leader in history that hasn't asked their spouse for advise. I agree -- this is a non-story.

SLMG

REF: Cats 2:36

Sarah Palin did not have to quit to make money to pay her legal bills. They were all paid by the Alaska State Government in other words the tax payers. By now the people of Alaska are glad to see the back of the whole family. Nothing surprises the good people of Alaska.

Pagan

'If Palin were crooked, she would have been charged and convicted of crimes a long time ago.' - 2:36 p.m.

She has. To date, Sarah Palin has lost two of the 15 ethics complaints filed against her as Gov of Alaska. Oh, and those legal bills you claim she had to pay? All covered by the state of Alaska.

All that money from her book? Straight into her pocket. Her 'higher calling', if you will.

Bottom line, if she can't hanlde one full term as Gov of alaska, why would I vote for her as president?

Anonymous

As Christian I am appalled when other people who claim to be Christian behave immorally then claim persecution. Palin was found to have violated ethics multiple times through willful disregard or plain incompetence in understanding the law.

Lots of Emotion

One thing about Sarah Palin — you either like her or hate her — there is no middle ground. Lots of facts and falsehoods are being perpetuated about her from both sides of the fence.

As for the article, I agree with other posters here about this being a non-story. If they have a good relationship between each other, the spouse of any elected official is always going to be their closest advisor, but all final actions are still made by the elected official. No harm — no foul.

Shameful


Re:Is this news?

"So what!"

We don't elect a person's spouse to make government decisions or to have any input in state actions. It's a very big deal that Sarah Palin violated the trust of those who elected her and now we find out a man who was a member of an Alaska secessionist political party had a lot of influence and say on decisions of the state government.

Re:Cats

"There is nothing wrong with seeking the advice of a spouse. Michelle Obama is her husband's closest advisor."

No one is suggesting that its wrong for Sarah Palin or Barack Obama to seek advice from their spouses but it's an entirely different issue when they are part of the decision making process and are asked for advice by government officials other then their spouses. If Rahm Emanuel, Robert Gates or Hillary Clinton were going to Michelle Obama for advice without going through her husband who we elected we would have a problem. Thats what these emails show happened on numerous occasions with the pro-secessionist Todd Palin.

What she asks him in the privacy of their home is their business but when it starts getting into an area that an unelected citizen who happens to be married to a public official is helping to make the decisions without going through the person we elect we have a problem.

Todd and Sarah Palin were not elected Co-Governors of Alaska. She was and they had no right to bring him into a position of being an unofficial adviser to the State without being a state employee.

Anonymous

Re:Lots of Emotion

"As for the article, I agree with other posters here about this being a non-story. If they have a good relationship between each other, the spouse of any elected official is always going to be their closest advisor, but all final actions are still made by the elected official. No harm – no foul."

These emails don't show that Todd Palin was Sarah Palin's closest adviser instead they show that he was intimately involved in the decision-making process on a level that an unelected spouse and non-government employee should not be. The title of the article describes the problem: PALIN E-MAILS SUGGEST HUSBANDS ROLE IN GOVERNING.

He was involved in actually governing Alaska and not just as a personal adviser to Sarah Palin.

Here is one offending quote:

"Aides to then-Gov. Sarah Palin regularly sought Todd Palin's advice on such things as state board appointments."

Please note that it says "Aides to then-Gov. Sarah Palin regularly sought Todd Palin's advice on such things as..." and not "Sarah Palin regularly sought Todd Palin's advice on such things as..."

The latter is okay but the former isn't

Learn how to READ and THINK

Re:Oh brother

"To Very Important Crazy: there is no way on earth you would have moved if Palin became president. Liar, liar. And there hasn't been a leader in history that hasn't asked their spouse for advise. I agree -- this is a non-story."

Learn how to READ.

The issue isn't about Palin asking her husband for advice since that's what spouses do and I wouldn't object to this anymore than her asking her children for advice but I do object when elected officials allow family members to have a role in governing when they aren't elected officials or government employees.

So this is about Todd Palin actually being a part of the decision making process. Another thing. You can't have it both ways. Either the family of the candidates and public officials are off-limits and they aren't part of governing or they are part of governing and family members are fair game. If you are a public official and ask your 13 year old about government issues and the public find outs expect your daughter to be called names. Todd Palin being a secessionist is now a real issue

Violated the public trust

Re:John Adams

"John Adams regularly turned to his wife for advice, both as a private citizen and a public servant (US VP and President). So what?! Ultimately the decision lies behind the person with the authority to make the call."

John Adam's wife wasn't involved in governing this country. People's spouses give them advice all the time whether it is advice about their job, personal life or in their role as public officials but they don't get involved in the actual jobs or in their role as public officials which is what Todd Palin did.

I go home after a day's work and ask my wife about issues that came up at work and she gives me advice but my co-workers and employer don't email my wife and ask her for advice or involve her in decision making or work related issues. That is where the Palin's crossed the line! They went from her asking him for advice to him being intimately involved in governing Alaska even though he had no official relationship to the state of Alaska except by marriage to its Governor.

So what? She violated the public trust

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