More on Sarah Palin – from the New York Times

There has been a lot of talk about this so-called anonymous woman named Anne Kilkenny from Wasilla, Alaska who wrote an extremely descriptive letter about Sarah Palin.  [Read ‘A letter from someone who has know Sarah Palin since 1992’ here]. 

Kilkenny says that she has known Palin since 1992.  The left has applauded Kilkenny and the right has understandably trashed her.  ‘She wrote this anonymously.’  ‘She’s jealous.’  ‘She’s a liberal hack.’ You know the typical well-intentioned remarks.

Two days ago, presumably before I posted the letter in on my site, William Yardley from The New York Times wrote a story about Palin and the politics of Wasilla.  And yes, Kilkenny is in the article.  [Read full New York Times story ‘Palin’s Start in Alaska: Not Politics as Usual’ here]

The first quote comes from John Stein, a three-term incumbent mayor of Wasilla who lost to Palin in 1996. 

Sarah comes in with all this ideological stuff, and I was like, ‘Whoa,’ ” said Mr. Stein, who lost the election. “But that got her elected: abortion, gun rights, term limits and the religious born-again thing. I’m not a churchgoing guy, and that was another issue: ‘We will have our first Christian mayor.’ ”

“I thought: ‘Holy cow, what’s happening here? Does that mean she thinks I’m Jewish or Islamic?’ ” recalled Mr. Stein, who was raised Lutheran, and later went to work as the administrator for the city of Sitka in southeast Alaska. “The point was that she was a born-again Christian.”

Of course, the right will argue that he is bitter about the election 12 years ago.  And that may be, but the number of people who are displaying ‘bitterness’ toward Palin is amazing considering the population of Wasilla is about 7,000.

Here, my Republican friends, is the anonymous Anne Killkenny, quoted in the New York Times.


Shortly after becoming mayor, former city officials and Wasilla residents said, Ms. Palin approached the town librarian about the possibility of banning some books, though she never followed through and it was unclear which books or passages were in question.

Ann Kilkenny, a Democrat who said she attended every City Council meeting in Ms. Palin’s first year in office, said Ms. Palin brought up the idea of banning some books at one meeting. “They were somehow morally or socially objectionable to her,” Ms. Kilkenny said.

The librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, pledged to “resist all efforts at censorship,” Ms. Kilkenny recalled. Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons shortly after taking office but changed course after residents made a strong show of support. Ms. Emmons, who left her job and Wasilla a couple of years later, declined to comment for this article.

In 1996, Ms. Palin suggested to the local paper, The Frontiersman, that the conversations about banning books were “rhetorical.”

Palin also prevented town employees from talking to the news media without her permission.  That’s common in bigger cities and in corporations, but not in a small town.


Ms. Palin also upended the town’s traditional ways with a surprise edict: No employee was to talk to the news media without her permission.

“It was just things you don’t ever associate with a small town,” Victoria Naegele, then the managing editor of The Frontiersman, recalled of Ms. Palin’s first year in office. “It was like we were warped into real politics instead of just ‘Do you like Joe or Mary for the job?’ It was a strange time.”


She was for earmarks before she was against them.


Ms. Palin, her critics note, was not always the fiscal watchdog she has since boasted of being. In her second term as mayor, she pushed for a half-cent raise in the local sales tax to pay for a $15 million sports complex. The complex is popular and a junior league hockey team plays there now, but the city recently had to pay more than $1.3 million to settle an ownership dispute over the site.

Ms. Palin also began annual trips to Washington to lobby for federal money for specific initiatives, including rail projects and a mental health center. Her running mate, Mr. McCain, has been an outspoken critic of these so-called earmarks and as governor Ms. Palin has sounded more like him, vetoing tens of millions of dollars of local projects sought by state lawmakers.


She didn’t endorse her stepmother-in-law to succeed Palin as mayor of Wasilla.  Instead she sided with her ‘religious conservative’ ally.  It’s nothing personal – it’s just politics.


Just as Ms. Palin terminated employees on her way into office, she also let some go on the way out, including Mr. Cramer. When Ms. Palin completed her second and final term, in 2002, her stepmother-in-law, Faye Palin, was running to succeed her. It seemed like a good idea, except that Faye Palin supported abortion rights and was registered as unaffiliated, not Republican, people who remember the race said. Sarah Palin sided instead with Dianne M. Keller, a religious conservative and an ally on the City Council. Ms. Keller won.

“That was interesting,” Mr. Chappel said. “Faye lives up the street from me. I can’t really say much about that.”


This article gives credibility to the author of the letter and provides additional insight.  It’s worthy of the full read.  Of course, I can hear the Republican critics now.  “It’s the liberal New York Times.” 


11 responses to “More on Sarah Palin – from the New York Times

  1. She’s starting to look like she fell out of a dog’s rear end…

  2. 2Bucks:

    How dare you tell the truth about this total fraud! She loves Jesus. And she has a special pipeline to Him, don’t you know she said God wants us to be in Iraq and God wants her to build the pipeline through the nature preserve in Alaska?


  3. Palin and McCain deserve each other. What lowlifes. And even more fear tactics last night. But nothing on the real issues that matter.

    btw, i have someone else writing for my site who posted that whole letter you first did. sorry, didn’t know they were going to do that. but am glad you got all the traffic on it and are posting this update.

  4. my2bucks:
    just checked our blog stats on BrucesBlog – we’re getting lots of entry through your website and wanted to say thanks and a h/5 to ya!

  5. Sorry that should read h/t to ya!! my nails are too long!

  6. Good lord what a nut job! I’m loving this stuff…. loving it do you hear me?

  7. Well, I watched her speech last night, tried to keep an open mind, however, the urge to vomit overcame me. Could theye trot out another hackneyed cliche? (BTW, Rudy Guiliani should be ashamed of himself. I am originally from NY and the best thing that ever happened to his career was 9/11.) Before this, I felt that McCain really resisted aligning himself with the extremists, has surely given in to the right wing, I guess they are stronger than his torturers in the POW camp…she is the epitome of the self-righteous, self-aggrandizing type of person (man OR woman) that is truly keeping this country from ever moving forward. She reminds me of the Reese Witherspoon character in the movie “Election”.

    I have been around awhile, but am hard pressed to recall such polarization in our country…the name calling and derision on both sides is at an all-time high. I was voting for Obama anyway, but she really seals the deal. As a high school teacher and mom of two teenagers, my heart goes out to her daughter and the boyfriend (fiancee??), who are being sacrificed on the altar of Palin’s political ambition. As a citizen I am terrified of the thought of her as the new Dick Cheney.

    I do want things to change…I know Obama has negatives, but I feel that he is a better shot at things being different, and, on a purely visceral level, when he speaks, I don’t feel like throwing up. Just my two cents.

  8. RallyGrrl – wow, great article. thanks for the link.

  9. Instead of posting about Sarah Palin to my blog today I hope you will allow me to simply direct people to your blog since your Anne Kilkenny information is done and very good. As are your others posts. I have been all over this for a few days now and I said earlier that beauty queen mentality scares me to death. She appears to be more than a barracuda and very self-important and condescending. She does give a good speech. I blog on wordpres at and hope you will take a look when you can.

    Chloe Ross

  10. Chloe,
    You absolutely can direct people over here. I will be stopping by your blog very soon.