23 Years in the Senate... Elected in 1986
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
?? I guess he doesn't appreciate a "Maverick".... ??
Mayor Sarah Palin sent the resignation requests Thursday to Police Chief Irl Stambaugh, public works director Jack Felton, finance director Duane Dvorak and Mary Ellen Emmons, the head of libraries. A fifth director -- John Cooper, who oversaw the city museum -- resigned earlier this month after Palin eliminated his position. From her writings:
I'm running for mayor to bring positive change to Wasilla. I'm tired of "business as usual" in this town, and of the "Good ol' Boys" network that runs the show here. I know we can make government leaner and more efficient! I have a great love for Wasilla. My roots are here. I grew up here, I attended Iditarod Elementary School & was graduated from Wasilla High. The five years I spent outside earning my college degree solidified my love for and desire for Wasilla. I'm raising my children here and I plan to live here until as long as the Good Lord allows!
The decisions made at Wasilla City Hall affect [sic] me an my kids today, and they will affect my kids twenty years from now. I'm not just hanging on until for another term until I can retire on the state's gov't system & head on out of here. I'm here for the long haul.
There is currently a sad state of complacency at City Hall. I have the energy, optimism and determination to lead us into pro-activity, versus the current re-activity in w mode we're in.
Two years ago Wasilla voters, with the Mayor's support (?), overwhelmingly voted in favor of term limits for the Mayor. The City Council adopted the added to our municipal cod that the Mayor could not serve more than two consecutive terms. Mayor Stein did not allow [sic] this addition to our code, because he is "Grandfathered" in, he can keep on running for Mayor! He's looking at his fourth term in office ... that is too long! He's been involved in government Between all his years in Wasilla and Sitka politics, government, He has become a career politician. He has a the "government" mind set, that creates constant growth in government.
I will not support any tax increase. Our sales tax generates over 2 million dollars more than what we had projected we'd be taking in when we sold the idea sales tax idea to the public four years ago. Since proving we'd spend the sales tax on a police dept. and on getting roads paved, we've been growing at City Hall.
I will not support building a multi-million dollar "new, state-of-the-art" City Hall, as is called for in Wasilla's newest comprehensive plan.
I will not accept a raise, like the current mayor recently did! A $4,000 a year pay hike, right after telling the sr. citizens center we couldn't fund their full funds request!
I will put my foot down when dealing with a major, incorrect and unethical conflict-of-interest on city council. Councilman John Hartick's wife, Suzanne, is the Mayor's Secretary. This preclude [sic] Councilman Hartick from voting on any personnel issue, because his wife's job (paycheck) is involved in personnel matters. This conflict takes away a voice of representation of the people! We do not have six councilmen now, we have five. The citizen public is getting ripped off.
I'll not run for election more than once.
I believe in personal [indecipherable] ... NRA.Ba
Given the relative state of their positions (the majesty of the law vs. the citizen public of Wasilla, AK getting "ripped off") it's easy to see why Mr. McCain would favor the lovely Sarah, and be uncomfortable with the slightly aged Sonia.