Sarah Palin came out of nowhere in the GOP when she was chosen to be the VP candidate for Joh McCain. Prior to that nomination I honestly think that the general public even knew who she was at the time. That didn’t seem to matter as she obviously polarized the nation and built an extremely strong army of supporters. Both inside of Alaska and out. I recently spoke to a small business owner who runs a house cleaning business www.beavertonhousemaids.com who was living in Alaska at the time. He told me that Sarah Palin made quite a name for herself as governor of Alaska. Challenging the status quo and working with democratic’s to clean up an oil and gas industry riddled with corrupt politics. This came about from her extensive experience working on the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission. However her accomplishments as governor are hard to argue as anything less than successful. He also told me quite frankly that many Alaskans, albeit disagreed with her social views on abortion and religion were willing to forego those ideologies in order to clean up the economic and environmental disaster the big energy companies were creating.
In the late fifty’s a massive oil deposit was found on the north slope, this energized Alaskans as they had a natural resource that could sustain a healthy economy by creating jobs and infrastructure. Something Alaska did not have at the time as it was mainly thought of as a remote outpost without much to bring to the rest of the country. As the boom progressed it really did benefit a large majority of the population of Alaska, however as most big companies operate, the will of the people was lost on profits and they became skeptical of the influence the companies had on politicians. This was the case until Palin became apart of the Oil and gas commission. She challenged the relationship Randy Ruedrich (head of Alaska’s republican party and commission chair) had with the big oil companies. Specifically his willingness to share private information with them, essentially giving them a heads up on any measures that would inhibit their profits.
Palin saw this as bad politics and wrote a letter to the governor about what she saw. The letter eventually was leaked to the media and the end result led to the resignation of Ruedrich. This also caught the attention of democrats in Alaska, they saw Palin as someone who was willing to challenge shady politics and work in the best interest of the people of Alaska. She adamantly wants to drill in Alaska, but she wants it to be done ethically and in the best interest of the people of Alaska and the United States. As I mentioned in one of my previous post’s , Sarah Palin gets a bad wrap as someone who supports ruining our environment and only cares about big industry, when she actually made a name for her self as someone who challenges these corporations and there shady tactics at swaying policy. Read more about her here.