With the geese cackling behind her at Friday’s press conference, what better way to illustrate the ol’ Hockey Mom’s goose is cooked, eh? Daily Beast reports she’s going to be indicted on a kickback scheme dating back to Wasilla. What a Thrilla for the old point guard who knows when to call an audible, break the full court press, pass for victory, and score a touchdown and hit a home run, or some other folksy saying, doncha know?
“The suddenness of her announcement raises the question about whether Palin resigned to avert a major scandal. One logical place to start looking is the affair that has Alaska political circles buzzing: an alleged scandal centered around a building contractor, Spenard Building Supplies, with close ties to Palin and her husband, Todd.
Many political observers in Alaska are fixated on rumors that federal investigators have been seizing paperwork from SBS in recent months, searching for evidence that Palin and her husband Todd steered lucrative contracts to the well-connected company in exchange for gifts like the construction of their home on pristine Lake Lucille in 2002. The home was built just two months before Palin began campaigning for governor, a job which would have provided her enhanced power to grant building contracts in the wide-open state.
SBS has close ties to the Palins. The company has not only sponsored Todd Palin’s snowmobile team, according to the Village Voice’s Wayne Barrett, it hired Sarah Palin to do a statewide television commercial in 2004.
Though Todd Palin told Fox News he built his Lake Lucille home with the help of a few “buddies,” according to Barrett’s report, public records revealed that SBS supplied the materials for the house. While serving as mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin blocked an initiative that would have required the public filing of building permits—thus momentarily preventing the revelation of such suspicious information.”
The Anchorage News website and message boards are full of stories about an impending criminal announcement.
SBS was also the subcontractor for the house former Senator Ted Stevens built, some say with illegal kickbacks from oil services companies, you betcha! Another salient comment from Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo:
“The idea that Gov. Palin just up and decided for no reason in particular to resign her office little more than half way through her term, with a hastily assembled press conference and a rambling and histrionic speech, is just too silly for serious consideration.”