And they just keep coming...
Last week S. Palin stood up with John McCain and decried Congressional earmarks, which are a long bugaboo of his. She even took credit for saying "thanks but no thanks" for Federal funding for the Bridge to Nowhere. Now, of course, as has been well documented, that particular claim was a lie, since she supprted the bridge funding as Governor, and the state actually kept the money, but never mind. It now seems that Alaska's Governor has a bit more experience with earmarks that any of us could have suspected-
The Washington Post reports this morning that during her tenure as mayor of the tiny hamlet of Wasilla, Alaska (population under 7,000) S. Palin employed an Alaskan lobbying form with close ties to indicted Congressmen Ted Stevens, and that as a result she brought in more than $27 MILLION in earmarks for the tiny town. In 2002 alone, Wasilla took in $6.1 million in earmarks -for some perspective, this year Boise, Idaho, with more than 190,000 residents, got $6.9 million in earmarks.
My my my... can we all say Pork Barrel Queen?
UPDATE: (well, of course there's an update). S. Palin's new [about-to-be] son-in-law has been identified by the New York Daily News as Levi Johnson, a resident of Wasilla whose now-removed MySpace page proudly declared "I'm a f---in' redneck. I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing. [If anyone messes with me] I'll kick ass."
Sounds like a great addition to the White House Christmas Card photo. Johnson, in adition to plying hockey, is also an aspiring juvenile delinquent, and was arrested last year for poaching king salmon.