“Do As I Say, Not As I Do”

Sarah Palin has suddenly remembered that she accepted campaign contributions from a couple of Alaska politicians who have since been charged with corruption.  The corruption she pledged to fight when she was elected governor.  I guess it must have slipped her mind that Alaska state Senator John Cowdery (R) donated $1,000 to her gubernatorial campaign, even though she did remember to tell him he should “step down, for the good of the state” after his July indictment.  She also forgot about the check from former Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R), who is awaiting trial.  Now that the AP has pointed all this out to her, she is donating the money to charity.

You know what?  This is the focus of the headline and most of the linked article, but it’s not what really irks me.  This is:

Palin took aim at gift-giving to state officials as part of her ethics agenda but has kept more than $25,000 in gifts in the 20 months she has been governor, The Washington Post reported in a story in its Friday editions. A review of state records shows that gifts came from industry executives, municipalities and a cultural center whose board includes officials from some of the largest mining interests in Alaska, according to the newspaper.

The Post reported that the 41 gifts Palin accepted included artwork, free travel, a gold-nugget pin valued at $1,200, a $2,200 ivory puffin mask, a woven grass fan worth $300 and a $150 ivory necklace. A spokeswoman for McCain’s campaign said the gifts had no undue influence on Palin, according to the newspaper.

Really?  No undue influence?  Well, maybe not, but why accept the gifts at all?  If you’re going to run as a reformer, you should at least live up to the standards you want to set for others.  I guess this is yet another thing the vaunted McCain team missed in the vetting process.

7 Responses to ““Do As I Say, Not As I Do””

  1. Cindi says:

    And we’re surprised because? It’s just another incidence of condemn others and do it yourself…because you’re “chosen.” Did you see the witchcraft stuff? OMG! And we thought W was all about the conservative base. This Palin person scares the bejeebers out of me.

  2. Del says:

    Oh damn. I was so hoping there was a Louis XV commode in amongst the goods and chattel.

    Seriously, what irritates me about this is that it’s almost always about little crumby stuff like jewelry. Or getting the city crew to reline your swimming pool or something. I mean, you read a Gresham novel and people are jeopardizing their careers for millions and millions of dollars in offshore accounts, enough money to enable them to basically check out of the rat race for life. But these sad pols are blowing their chances, and in some cases going to jail, over weekend golf trips or something. I mean, for God’s sake, would it have been that hard to put it on the credit card?

  3. Kathy says:

    Cindi, I saw the witchcraft video today (Palin comes in just after the 7-minute mark). I find it frightening that this church is bringing in preachers from other countries who advocate overturning the US constitution and implementing theocracy. I really don’t want someone who shares that view a heartbeat from the presidency.

  4. Almod says:

    OMG! I hadn’t seen that video!

  5. Kathy says:

    It’s pretty scary.

  6. Jennifer says:

    I love witches!! Just in time for Halloween!! I am going to dress up like Sarah Palin; I can’t think of a scarier monster!!!

  7. Kathy says:

    Jennifer, you must promise to post pictures at your place.

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