Sarah Palin: “Wasilla’s first Christian mayor”

I’ve previously blogged about how Sarah Palin’s early political career, namely her run for Mayor of Wasilla, marked a significant change in the politics of the small Alaska town.  Sweet, innocent, former PTA member, soccer mom Palin brought in the big guns to ensure the standard non-partisan municipal election and the beginning of her first term was something of a Karl Rove wet-dream.  As previously noted, others in Wasilla noted the change in the tone of the election, none more so than opponent John Stein

To Stein, the three-term mayor, this campaign had unusual overtones, raising issues that had no bearing on local government. He would marvel at how abortion became an issue – he was labeled pro-abortion – and how some people noted that his wife’s last name differed from his. He later noted how Palin’s backers included what he called the “Liquor Cabinet” and Wasilla’s religious conservatives Seattle Times

 As we all know, Palin won the election by 616 votes (58%) but what we didn’t know was how the religious conservative overtones that won her the election didn’t stop after she was in office

Afterward, a TV station called her Wasilla’s “first Christian mayor.” This prompted a letter from Stein, saying: “Really?” He listed eight previous mayors, all Christian, and added: “With a name like ‘Stein’ some suspected that I must be a non-Christian, have non-Christian blood or at least have sympathized with a non-Christian sometime in my career. I’m proud of such a reputation but I, my family and forbearers are of the Christian persuasion, too.”

Please read the rest, it expands greatly on what has already been said about Mrs. Palin and includes the treasure example of what she considers intimidation worthy of firing someone:

“When I met with you in private, instead of engaging in interactive conversation with me, you gave me short, uncommunicative answers and then you would sit there and stare at me in silence with a very stern look, like you were trying to intimidate me.”

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