"TROOPERGATE" COMMON SENSE
When the Legislative Council initiated the Troopergate matter, it was basically an Alaska issue. Not many Outside knew or cared about it. Alaska Democrat senators, supporting the Barack Obama campaign with time and money, supervised the investigation. That was OK at the outset.
But then, unexpectedly to all concerned, national presidential political events overtook the state legislature's investigation. No one knew, including the Alaska Democrat senators and Sarah Palin that, a short time after the investigation was initiated, Sarah Palin would receive the Republican nomination for Vice-President. When that happened, those senators involved in the Obama campaign should have recused themselves from the investigation.
One should not only avoid conflict of interest, but also the appearance of conflict of interest. There is no way presidential campaign politics can be kept out of a president’s or vice-president’s home state politics. That's reality. But certainly, no legislator should be pushing an investigation when they are actively campaigning for the person being investigated's opponent. That’s basic common sense.
Therefore I joined as a plaintiff, with other legislators I trust, in a suit to remedy the situation. No one from the McCain-Palin campaign contacted me on this matter.