Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sarah Palin made victims pay for their rape kits

I am just speechless:

Despite denials by the Palin campaign, new evidence proves that as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Sarah Palin had a direct hand in imposing fees to pay for post-sexual assault medical exams conducted by the city to gather evidence.

Palin's role is now confirmed by Wasilla City budget documents available online.


Under Sarah Palin's administration, Wasilla cut funds that had previously paid for the medical exams and began charging victims or their health insurers the $500 to $1200 fees. Although Palin spokeswoman Maria Comella wrote USA Today earlier this week that the GOP vice presidential nominee "does not believe, nor has she ever believed, that rape victims should have to pay for an evidence-gathering test...To suggest otherwise is a deliberate misrepresentation of her commitment to supporting victims and bringing violent criminals to justice," Palin, as mayor, fired police chief Irl Stambaugh and replaced him with Charlie Fannon, who with Palin's knowledge, slashed the budget for the exams and began charging the city's victims of sexual assault. The city budget documents demonstrate Palin read and signed off on the new budget. A year later, alarmed Alaska lawmakers passed legislation outlawing the practice.

The whole investigation courtesy of Jacob Alperin-Sheriff at the Huffington Post.

Now, will you Democrats who want to vote for McCain because Hillary didn't get the nomination please, please, please pull your heads from your rear ends and understand what you're supporting, instead, is as far as you can get from what Hillary, herself, would stand for?

Yes, Will Bower -- I. Am. Looking. At. You.


Blogger Mme Cyn said...

Thing is, Jim, for loads of Americans, this election is about one issue -- a white woman vs a black man. I have no faith in many of my fellow Americans looking past that one. Makes me want to hurl.

Since I'm out here in the sandlands and TV-free, I've missed out on most of this stuff, but I hope Hilary is coming out strong for Obama. No, she never has to say that he's the best man for the job (he's not), but she DOES need to tell her supporters that it's vital to rally round the Democratic party.

Surely she's doing that, and loudly? If not, then why the hell not?

9:48 AM  
Blogger J. Edward Tremlett said...

Hillary told her supporters to throw their support behind Obama at the convention. I think most are, it's just those stupid PUMA people who aren't. I doubt they're as strong or numerous as they claim, but it's still a real worry that they could throw the election after the debacle in 2000.

I think she could be doing more, yes. I sure hope she isn't thinking she can distance herself from him and ride back to the rescue in 2012.

10:17 AM  

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