Can you imagine the unbridled glee Mike Wooten is feeling right now? Wooten, of course, is the trooper at the center of Troopergate. That’s the controversy in which Sarah Palin, and her husband, Todd, are alleged to have abused the Alaska governor’s power in trying to get rid of the explosive, deceitful and unremorseful cop.
I’ll bet Mike Wooten is high-fiving everyone in sight. I’ll bet he even bought a round of drinks for everyone in the Mugshot Saloon. Mike Wooten, who in my opinion is a sociopath, has won, and sociopaths love to win.
I wrote about this case on September 1—It looks like Sarah Palin is under Troopergate investigation because of a sociopath. In it, I published a letter written by Palin that gives a pretty good summary of Wooten’s antisocial behavior. Wooten threatened to kill his father-in-law, tasered his stepson, drank beer in a state police vehicle and illegally shot a moose. He also had a series of short marriages and a lousy credit history.
Yet when Wooten was investigated, instead of being fired, he received a 10-day suspension, later reduced to five days. I don’t blame the Palins for being upset.
But the fact that Mike Wooten is a lousy cop, according to the investigation into Troopergate, is irrelevant. Todd Palin pressured to get the guy fired, the investigator wrote, over a “family matter.”
The Anchorage Daily News published excerpts from the investigative report, which was written by Steve Branchflower, a retired prosecutor. Here is some of what Branchflower wrote:
Governor Palin has stated publicly that she and her family feared Trooper Wooten. Yet the evidence presented has been inconsistent with such claims of fear. The testimony from Trooper Wheeler, who was part of her security detail from the start, was that shortly after elected to office, she ordered a substantial reduction in manpower in her personal protection detail … an act that is inconsistent with a desire to avoid harm from Trooper Wooten or others.
…It is noteworthy that in almost every contact with the subordinate employees, Mr. Palin’s comments were couched in terms of his desire to see Trooper Wooten fired for reasons that had nothing to do with fear. His comments were always couched in terms that he was a bad Trooper, that he was not a good recruiting image for the AST, that his discipline amounted to nothing more than a slap on the wrist, that nothing had happened to him following the administrative investigation, and so forth…
I conclude that such claims of fear were not bona fide and were offered to provide cover for the Palins’ real motivation: to get Trooper Wooten fired for personal family related reasons.
Bringing Palin down
So even when someone has the clout to get rid of a sociopath, they can’t do it. It’s a crying shame.
In my previous article on this topic, I fretted that Mike Wooten threatened to bring Sarah Palin down, and he just might do it. Palin was looking a little wobbly of her own accord, but this could be the issue that does her in.