Budget issues were behind official's firing - Palin's husband

Other News Materials 9 October 2008 07:15 (UTC +04:00)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband has submitted written answers to questions in the state Legislature's investigation into the firing of her public safety commissioner, reported CNN.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has denied any wrongdoing in the firing of her public safety commissioner.

Todd Palin had been resisting a subpoena by lawmakers since mid-September.

But with the Legislature's report on the matter due Friday, Palin agreed to answer written questions submitted through his lawyer.

In his response, obtained by CNN, Palin insists that "budget issues and failure to fill trooper vacancies are the main reasons" that his wife fired Commissioner Walt Monegan.

But Monegan has said he believes he was fired because he resisted pressure to fire the governor's ex-brother-in-law, State Trooper Mike Wooten.

Palin became the Republican nominee for vice president in August. Shortly afterward, five GOP lawmakers sued to block the probe into her July dismissal of Monegan.

Palin's allies have argued that the legislative investigation is a Democratic-led witch hunt and that the state Personnel Board should instead lead the inquiry.

A judge in Anchorage dismissed their suit last week and upheld the legislators' subpoenas for members of Palin's administration, ruling that the Legislature could manage its own investigation.