Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sarah Palin's Alleged Affair

Mark Nickolas's blog
MAJOR UPDATE: Palin Affair Rumor Added by Mark Nickolas
(Photo of Brad Hanson)

Sarah Palin's "Lover" Exposed? - Brad Hanson?
Relates to:

Rumor has it that Mr. Brad Hanson, the man that has spilled the beans on his affair with Sarah Palin to The Enquirer is now a member of the Palmer City Council. He was married at the time when he was alleged to be with Palin.His is a city council member in Palmer

Andrew Sullivan:
Todd Palin's former business partner files an emergency motion to have his divorce papers sealed. Oh God.
Two days ago:
John McCain’s campaign threatened legal action against the National Enquirer today for running a story about McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, allegedly having an affair with her husband’s business partner.
Simply amazing.

Not good. The court has apparently denied the order to seal the records. The question is whether there's anything there and whether the National Enquirer already has them. This all smoke, so far, but if the Enquirer is as thorough about this as they were with the Edwards matter (which Republicans happily touted), this can't be good news for McCain-Palin.
If it's not an outright disqualifier, it may easily be a major unwelcomed distraction.

Update #3 (1:49 pm ET): This may or may not be related, but Mudflats -- the best Alaskan political blogger -- has this tid bit today:
In addition, there are new developments just breaking that the Police Officers Union of Alaska has filed an ethics complaint on behalf of…you guessed it…Trooper Mike Wooten. NBC News says:

The complaint alleges that the governor or her staff may have have improperly disclosed information from Wooten’s personnel records. The complaint alleges “criminal penalties may apply.”
This all has to do with the aforementioned phone call. Bailey, while being recorded talking to Trooper Rodney Dial, dished all kinds of personal information about Wooten - shooting the moose, driving under the influence, etc. Wooten says the only way he could have known this is by accessing his personnel file improperly.
Palin…er…The McCain Palin campaign says that there was nothing illegal here because Wooten had signed a waiver allowing a divorce attorney to look through his records. So the info went down the line from file, to divorce attorney, to Molly McCann (Palin’s sister), to Todd Palin, to Frank Bailey, to Trooper Dial, and then back to Mike Wooten….who is now filing a complaint.
And Bailey does say that Todd Palin was the source of the damaging information on Wooten that he passed along. And Sarah Palin knew NOTHING about this. That’s her story and she’s stickin’ with it. Hmph.So, there you have it. Is it legal? We’ll find out. Criminal penalties may apply. (And McCain knew all about this, right?)

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