This morning in the Anchorage Daily News, Sarah Palin reiterated her explanation that “paralyzing” and “expensive” ethics charges were behind her decision to step down as governor of Alaska. “I’m not going to let Alaskans go through a year of stymied, paralyzed administration and not getting anything done,” she said. “I’m going to let [Lieutenant Governor] Sean Parnell take this and we will see that things will let up,” she said (wearing a Cabela’s fishing bib as she stood on a Bristol Bay beach, on a family fishing trip). The evidence seems to bear out her logic: Just yesterday she was hit with another ethics charge from a fellow Wasilla resident — her sixteenth. The complainant claims that Palin has given herself an illegal raise by working from home in Wasilla and accepting per diem travel payments — even though she’s been within a 50-mile range of her Anchorage office. It sounds like the kind of low-key expense fuss that state politicians often face, but resolving it will cost the governor’s office time and money.
Palin says ethics inquiries were paralyzing [Anchorage Daily News]
New Ethics Complaint Filed Against Gov. Palin - Per Diem for Personal Gain [Mudflats via Gawker]
Earlier: If Ethics-Charge Costs Caused Sarah Palin to Step Down, Did the Vultures Win?