Palin’s Firings

Anybody who follows the news is aware that Sarah Palin is under investigation for firing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan under somewhat dubious circumstances. Allegedly she fired him because he refused to fire her former brother in law.

Disagreeing with Sarah Palin seems to be a quick way to end up at the unemployment line. Let’s take a look at some of her other terminations and see what we can find.

Palin Fired Aide Who Dated Wife of Todd’s Friend:

The Politico reported Friday that a longtime associate and former gubernatorial aide to Sarah Palin says he was asked to leave the governor’s office after the Palins discovered that he was dating the soon-to-be-ex wife of a close friend of Todd Palin.

John Bitney, who grew up in Wasilla with Palin, told the paper cum website:


I wanted to stay with the governor and support the governor — we’re talking about someone who’s been a friend for 30 years — but I understood it, and I have no ax to grind over the whole thing.”

Today, the Wall Street Journal added more to the story, reporting that seven weeks after publicly praising Bitney, Palin fired him for what her spokeswoman now describes as “poor job performance.”

During that time, Palin had found out from Scott Richter, a friend of Todd Palin’s, that Richter’s wife, Debbie, was having a relationship with Bitney.

The Journal notes that Palin’s office seems to have had trouble keeping its story straight on the reason for Bitney’s departure.

As mayor of Wasilla, she attempted to fire the librarian who stood up to her about removing books from the library:

The same week that Palin raised the issue she fired Baker (then using her married name Emmons) as librarian, claiming she was not “loyal” to the new administration and had supported Palin’s opponent in the election. She said the dismissal was not connected to questions of censorship, and that she had dismissed all city department heads and told them they could re-apply for their jobs.

After a public outcry, Palin rescinded the dismissal of the librarian.

She fired the police chief who sued for gender discrimination :

After Palin fired Irl Stambaugh, the police chief, he sued the city in part based on gender discrimination. The [Wasilla] Frontiersman wrote, “The gender discrimination issues stem from statements Palin allegedly made to others that she was intimidated by Stambaugh’s size. He stands over 6-feet tall and weighs more than 200 pounds, which, the lawsuit said, is attributed to his gender.” [Frontiersman, 2/26/97]

She wasn’t done after she fired the Police chief either:

For Palin, the firing of Stambaugh was only part of the drama that unfolded in her first months as mayor. The Frontiersman and Anchorage Daily News wrote one story after another about the turmoil.

After notifying the librarian that she was fired, Palin backtracked and decided to keep her on. Palin had twice asked this librarian what she thought about banning books, to which the librarian responded it was a lousy idea, one she wouldn’t go along with. Later, Palin told the local paper that any questions she’d raised about censorship were only “rhetorical.”

Palin put in place what the local paper called a gag order, prohibiting top city employees from talking to reporters unless she cleared it first.

After Stambaugh and the museum director were fired, two of the four remaining department heads quit. One, the public-works director, accused Palin of undermining him by meeting secretly with contractors and employees.

When three women who worked at the city’s museum were asked to decide among themselves which one should be let go, all three quit.

And you gotta love this Bushian tidbit:

The Frontiersman ran blistering editorials, condemning Palin’s philosophy “that either we are with her or against her.

She dismissed all department heads:

Palin ended up dismissing almost all the city department heads who had been loyal to Stein, including a few who had been instrumental in getting her into politics to begin with. Some saw it as a betrayal.

And she requested resignations from other officials as a test to see who supported her as mayor.

These are just the ones I found with about 20 minutes of googling. Palin’s defenders will say that terminating employees is an unfortunate but necessary part of any executive’s job. This may be true but the trend that we’re starting to see with Palin’s firings seems just plain vindictive. The test of loyalty nonsense makes her sound like a wannabe third rate comic book villain who just surrounds herself with sycophants and adulators.