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Alaskans angered that Palin is off-limits

September 22nd, 2008 12:00 am by Staff Report

erry McCutcheon went to Sarah Palin\'s office here last week to request information about the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, the scandal that for weeks has threatened to overshadow the governor\'s role as Republican presidential candidate John McCain\'s running mate.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, McCutcheon was given a phone number in Virginia to call: the national headquarters of the McCain-Palin campaign.

Why, he wanted to know, did he have to call a campaign office 4,300 miles away to find out what was going on in Alaska government? The longtime civic activist phoned his local state representative, Les Gara, who quickly filed a protest.

In stubbornly independent Alaska, the sudden intrusion of a political campaign into so many corners of state government -- not to mention Wasilla, where a dozen or more campaign researchers and lawyers have also begun overseeing the release of any information about Palin\'s years as mayor -- has touched a raw nerve. McCain staffers have even been assigned to answer calls for Palin\'s family members, who have been instructed not to talk.

\"Why did the McCain campaign take over the governor\'s office?\" the Anchorage Daily News demanded in an editorial Saturday. \"Is it too much to ask that Alaska\'s governor speak for herself, directly to Alaskans, about her actions as Alaska\'s governor?\"

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