One reason I’m surprised by the pick of Sarah Palin relates to the ethics issues she’s been facing in Alaska. TPM and other news organizations have been reporting on this issue.
As mentioned earlier, Gov. Palin is embroiled in her own trooper-gate scandal up in Alaska. In short, she’s accused of using her pull as governor to get her ex-brother-in-law fired as a state trooper. The brother-in-law is embroiled in an ugly divorce and custody with Palin’s sister. And after his boss wouldn’t fire the brother-in-law, she fired the boss. Palin originally insisted there was nothing to the story. More recently, she was forced to admit the one of her top deputies had pushed to get the guy fired.
This might not end up as a big story, but it could be a huge distraction for the McCain campaign.