Dear friends, 
Anne Kilkenny of Wasilla, Alaska (where Sarah Palin was major...) is my older sister. She's taken a risk to share what she and lots of other Wasillans and Alaskans know about VP candidate Sarah Palin. I am so proud of my sister Anne. This is very useful information. And scary! Aren't vindictive people the worst? 
Maureen Kilkenny 
Begin forwarded message: 
From: Anne Kilkenny   
Date: September 1, 2008 
Subject: re: SARAH PALIN 
Dear friends, 
So many people have asked me about what I know about Sarah Palin in the last 2 days that I decided to write something up . . . 
Basically, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have only 2 things in common: their gender and their good looks. :) 
You have my permission to forward this to your friends/email contacts with my name and email address attached, but please do not post it on any websites, as there are too many kooks out there . . . 
I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child's favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city. 
She is enormously popular; in every way she's like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won't vote for her can't quit smiling when talking about her because she is a "babe". 
It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months. 
She is "pro-life". She recently gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby. 
She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym. 
She is savvy. She doesn't take positions; she just "puts things out there" and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit. 

Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin's kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans. 
Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters. 
She's smart. 
Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents. 
During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign. 
Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a "fiscal conservative". During her 6 
years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 
33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the 
City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation 
(1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a 
regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she 
promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they 
benefited residents. 
The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration 
weren't enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed 
money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it 
with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage 
the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said 
she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a 
new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a 
multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece 
of property that the City didn't even have clear title to, that was 
still in litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers 
involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the 
community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it 
would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that 
could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing. 
While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once. 

These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city. 
As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus 
in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will 
make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she 
proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state. 
In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she 
recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while 
she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today's 
surplus, borrow for needs. 
She's not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas 
or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren't generated by 
her or her staff. Ideas weren't evaluated on their merits, but on the 
basis of who proposed them. 
While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected 
City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from 
the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents 
rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's 
attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew 
her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the 
Librarian are on her enemies list to this day. 
Sarah complained about the "old boy's club" when she first ran for 
Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys". Palin 
fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as 
Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, 
creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally 
grateful and fiercely loyal--loyal to the point of abusing their power 
to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the 
case of pressuring the State's top cop (see below). 
As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla's Police Chief because he "intimidated" 
her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska's top 
cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure 
and she had every legal right to fire him, but it's pretty clear that 
an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn't 
fire her sister's ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation 
for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen 
contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she 
later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to 
replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded 
for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew 
her support. 
he has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in 
help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town 
introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council 
became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She 
abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn't 
like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness. 
Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her. 
When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got 
the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one 
of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no 
background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great 
job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the 
high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the 
structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this 
Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) 
engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some 
undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all 
her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and 
garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a 
gutsy fighter against the "old boys' club" when she dramatically quit, 
exposing this man's ethics violations (for which he was fined). 
As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the "bridge to nowhere" after it became clear that it would be unwise not to. 
As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget 
guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing 
projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative 
action restored most of these projects--which had been vetoed simply 
because she was not aware of their importance--but with the unobservant 
she had gained a reputation as "anti-pork". 
She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party 
leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated 
them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a 
fiscal conservative. 
Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. 
They call her "Sarah Barracuda" because of her unbridled ambition and 
predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly 
stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made 
point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah's 
mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and 
experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her. 
As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package 
of legislation known as "AGIA" that forced the oil companies to march 
to the beat of her drum. 
Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife 
Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to 
global warming. She campaigned "as a private citizen" against a state 
initiaitive that would have either a) protected salmon streams from 
pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the 
state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State's 
lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior's decision to list polar 
bears as threatened species. 
McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a 
heartbeat away from being President. 
There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more 
knowledgeable and experienced than she. 
However, there's a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it. 
*"Hockey mom": true for a few years 
*"PTA mom": true years ago when her first-born was in elementary 
school, not since 
*"NRA supporter": absolutely true 
*social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill 
that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships 
(said she did this because it was unconsitutional). 
*pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to 
promote it. 
*"Pro-life": mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby 
BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life 
*"Experienced": Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has 
residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. 
No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on 
supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city 
administrator to run town of about 5,000. 
*political maverick: not at all 
*gutsy: absolutely! 
*open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at 
explaining actions. 
*has a developed philosophy of public policy: no 
*"a Greenie": no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores 
and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR. 
*fiscal conservative: not by my definition! 
*pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city 
without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built 
streets to early 20th century standards. 
*pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on 
*pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city 
government in Wasilla's history. 
*pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union 
doesn't make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim 
that she is pro-labor/pro-union. 
First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed 
voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting 
programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + 
Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local 
government, education, and PTA/parent organizations. 
Secondly, I've always operated in the belief that "Bad things happen 
when good people stay silent". Few people know as much as I do because 
few have gone to as many City Council meetings. 
Third, I am just a housewife. I don't have a job she can bump me out 
of. I don't belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no 
fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will 
cost me somehow in the future: that's life. 
Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 
or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah's 
attempt at censorship. 
Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to 
say anything because they were somehow vulnerable. 
I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) 
from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of 
Wasilla, and I can't recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust 
for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible 
for a private person to get any info out of City Hall--they are 
swamped. So I can't verify my numbers. 
You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the 
population of Wasilla, ranging from my "about 5,000", up to 9,000. The 
day Palin's selection was announced a city official told me that the 
current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 
5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 
2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90's. 
Anne Kilkenny 
August 31, 2008 

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