Long-time readers of C4P are familiar with Alaska Democrat State Representative Les Gara. They also know that Les has a record of dishonesty. So, it should come as no surprise that the media witch-hunt of Governor Palin that forced the State of Alaska to release 24,199 pages of her email communications, managed to catch Mr. Gara in yet another lie.
In October of 2008, in the midst of the presidential campaign, Les Gara gave an interview to ABC News in which he said the following:
“The [Palin] administration killed our bill,” said Alaska state representative Les Gara, D-Anchorage. Gara and state Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, co-sponsored a resolution early this year to force the Alaska Permanent Fund – a $40 billion investment fund, a portion of whose dividends are distributed annually to state residents – to divest millions of dollars in holdings tied to the Sudanese government.
In an e-mail later, Gara clarified that he believed opposition from the Palin administration helped kill his bill, but was not solely responsible for its death.
The ABC report goes on to say:
In Thursday’s debate, Palin said she had advocated the state divest from Sudan. “When I and others in the legislature found out that we had some millions of dollars [of Permanent Fund investments] in Sudan, we called for divestment through legislation of those dollars,” Palin said.
But a search of news clips and transcripts from the first three months of this year did not turn up an instance in which Palin mentioned the Sudanese crisis or concerns about Alaska’s investments tied to the ruling regime.
Well, now there are public records proving otherwise. For instance, in an email sent by Governor Palin to members of her staff before the presidential campaign on March 24th, 2008, she states:
Russ- if you get a chance to talk to Gara or Lynn, let them know I do support their efforts on divestment. I haven’t known what they needed of me, but I’m not impressed with Mike Burns avoiding the question and giving Alaskans the of “not available for comment”
comment. If asked, I’m telling Alaskans I still desire to have the conversation with Burns to let him know my take on this (but he hasn’t expressed interest in knowing what I’d like to do on this issue) and I side with those who believe our “bottom line” shouldn”t be our sole global concern in this matter.
If I can do anything to help those lawmakers, even if it’s just taking a public stand on this, I’ll do so. They can suggest ways I could help. Thanks
Other records that we located that back up the fact that Governor Palin supported divestment in Sudan, can be found here and here.
I have a feeling the media is really going to regret this email circus that they created. Too many on the left have been dependent on their ability to lie to damage Governor Palin. It’s a little hard to continue to do so when the truth is now public record. I predict this whole episode will be the gift that keeps on giving for the governor.