|"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast"
|"The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth, shall be watered also himself."
-- Proverbs 11:25
The Alaska legislators said Friday that they had no plans to subpoena Palin to force testimony from the governor because she had promised to cooperate. But Democratic state Sen. Hollis French, one of the legislators involved in the inquiry, said seven of Palin's aides had recently declined to be deposed. Palin's lawyer also has pressed to have the matter handled by the Alaska Personnel Board, an agency whose three members are Republican appointees.
Palin's attorney, Thomas V. Van Flein, warned that the Legislature has only "limited investigatory power" -- a caution that some Democratic legislators worry is a prelude to a court battle that would tie the case in knots until after the November election.
"It would be very easy for them to run out the clock," said state Rep. Les Gara, a Democrat pressing for subpoenas. Gara said that if attorneys for Palin and her aides took the case to court, it would wind its way to the Alaska Supreme Court.
Republican lawmakers minimized that threat. "I think a report will be forthcoming in a timely fashion," said state Rep. Jay Ramras, who has been involved with French in a bipartisan effort to look into Monegan's firing.
Both French and Ramras said in a joint statement that they expected a report delivered by Oct. 10 -- well before the election.
Key Alaska allies of John McCain are trying to derail a politically charged investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner in order to prevent a so-called "October surprise" that would produce embarrassing information about the vice presidential candidate on the eve of the election.
In a move endorsed by the McCain campaign Friday, John Coghill, the GOP chairman of the state House Rules Committee, wrote a letter seeking a meeting of Alaska's bipartisan Legislative Council in order to remove the Democratic state senator in charge of the so-called "troopergate" investigation.