As Mayor, Palin Got Zoning Perks and Gifts
The Associated Press has been digging into Gov. Sarah Palin’s record as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, to find some astonishing examples of ethically questionable behavior.
The most remarkable is a push by Palin in 2002 to pass a zoning exception, which she ultimately received, so that she could sell her $327,000 house on Lake Wasilla:
Two months before Palin’s tenure as mayor ended in 2002, she asked city planning officials to forgive zoning violations so she could sell her house. Palin had a buyer, but he wouldn’t close the deal unless she persuaded the city to waive the violations with a code variance.
Palin also cut taxes on snow machines and snow machine races at a time when she and her husband ran a snow mobile store. She also accepted freebies like an “awesome facial” and “gorgeous flowers.”
Perhaps these are just examples of typical small town politics, but when Palin’s experience at the local level serves as the basis for her national bid, it all looks a bit different.