Alaskans angered that **** is off-limits
Queries are directed through the McCain campaign machine. Her political capital at home is eroding.
By Kim Murphy
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 21, 2008
ANCHORAGE — Jerry McCutcheon went to Sarah ****'s office here last week to request information about the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, the **** that for weeks has threatened to overshadow the governor's role as Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate.
McCutcheon was given a phone number in Virginia to call: the national headquarters of the McCain-**** 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.
These days, many such queries about Monegan -- or anything else involving ****'s record as governor -- get diverted to McCain staffers. A former Justice Department prosecutor from New York flew in recently to advise the governor's lawyer and field reporters' calls about Monegan. Soon after, ****'s willingness to cooperate in the Legislature's **** of the affair ended.
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