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The following is from an article by Sean Cockerham at the Anchorage Daily News.
Sherry Johnston, mother of Levi Johnston the father of Sarah Palin's daughter's baby, was under investigation while Sarah Palin was running for vice president on the Republican ticket.
Sherry Johnston was arrested on December 18 "on charges of selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin."
Now, according to "A Mat-Su drug investigator and the union representing Alaska State Troopers," there was "political meddling in the Sherry Johnston drug case, including a delay in serving the search warrant because of the November election."
Well, hell, it wouldn't look good if the mother of Sarah's daughter's soon-to-be husband was arrested and thrown in jail as a drug dealer. Right?
But, Col. Audie Holloway, the director of the Alaska State Troopers, and Joe Masters, the Alaska Public Safety Commissioner, "vigorously dispute that there was anything irregular in how this case was handled."
They may be right. But I'll always remember my days in the Navy when we expected a visit from some high and mighty poohbah. Everything was scrubbed down and everything was in perfect order and all the faults and cracks were hidden away. The high and mighty poohbah would come and look and like what he saw and go back to whatever Navy heaven from whence he came and write a report that had absolutely no relationship to reality!
So, I'm not sure if two of Alaska's head honchos have a clue.
Furthermore, the troopers' drug investigator, sent an e-mail to members of the Public Safety Employees Association saying that political meddling interfered with the investigation: "It was not allowed to progress in a normal fashion, the search warrant service WAS delayed because of the pending election and the Mat Su Drug Unit and the case officer were not the ones calling the shots."
Mr. Cockerham has lots more stuff to say and I must admit this appears to be another instance of Ms. Sarah Palin and/or her office abusing her powers as the governor of Alaska. Sometimes, as John F. Kennedy said, when there's smoke there's a smoke-making machine. Othertimes, however, there really is a fire.
Methinks we're talking fire here.
Oh, wait. Sources say she didn't know anything about the ongoing investigation. And if you believe that...
Read all of Mr. Cockerham's article here.