There has been a lot of speculation that Sarah Palin’s sudden resignation has to do with a supposed FBI investigation of her activities. Naturally, this has served to fuel a lot of the ridicule directed Palin’s way for her decision.
I think that the decision to resign was a mistake, assuming that Palin is interested in higher office. But merely because I think the decision was a mistake does not mean that I have to buy every silly conspiracy theory that comes down the pipeline when it comes to Palin–especially when a lot of those conspiracy theories come from people on the port side of the political divide, who have an interest in tearing down any and every Republican who could turn into a political force to be reckoned with. And thanks to the Los Angeles Times, I learn that my skepticism is well-founded:
Reporting from Washington — A day after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resigned, a federal official in her home state dismissed one potential explanation for her sudden and unexpected resignation: a rumored FBI investigation into the former Wasilla mayor on public corruption charges.
Despite rumors of a looming controversy after the Republican governor’s surprise announcement Friday that she would leave office this month, some of them published in the blogosphere, the FBI’s Alaska spokesman said the bureau had no investigation into Palin for her activities as governor, as mayor or in any other capacity.
“There is absolutely no truth to those rumors that we’re investigating her or getting ready to indict her,” Special Agent Eric Gonzalez said in a phone interview Saturday. “It’s just not true.” He added that there was “no wiggle room” in his comments for any kind of inquiry.
I would offer further commentary on this subject, but we have all the commentary we need here.