|"I'm sorry, Schaeffer who? Oh crap!"|
Well that question has been answered by none other than our good friend Geoffrey Dunn.
Just take a look at this courtesy of the Geoffrey Dunn over at the Huffington Post:
According to sworn testimony Thursday during federal court proceedings in Alaska, two close associates of former Governor Sarah Palin -- Joe Miller, a staunch political ally of Palin's whom she supported in his failed bid for the U.S. Senate; and Palin's former director of boards and commissions Frank Bailey, more commonly known in Alaska as Palin's "hatchet man" -- were responsible for introducing FBI Informant William "Drop Zone" Fulton to Schaeffer Cox, the leader of the so-called Alaska Peacekeeper Militia.
The surreptitious meeting between Fulton, Cox and Palin's associates took place a scant six months before Palin was selected by John McCain to serve as his running mate on the GOP ticket. Cox, a supporter of Palin's, was then a Republican candidate for the Alaska House of Representatives, District 7. He finished with 36 percent of the votes.
Bailey makes no mention of this extraordinary meeting with Cox and Fulton in his not-so-tell-all book, Blind Allegiance. Nor does he address his, Miller's and Frye's efforts to oust Ruedrich at the convention. It's yet another Bailey cover-up.
In fact, Palin had longtime ties to the right-wing, anti-government fringes of Alaska politics. Despite her duplicities to the contrary, Palin's husband, Todd, had on three separate occasions registered as a member of the Alaska Independence Party, which called, at the time, for the secession of Alaska from the Union. Palin also produced a glowing video on behalf of the AIP welcoming them to Fairbanks for their statewide convention earlier that year.
In 2009, for my book, The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind her Relentless Quest for Power, I interviewed Mark Chryson, chairman of the AIP from 1995 to 2002, who talked about the various ways his movement supported Palin during her tenure as mayor of Wasilla (he claims Palin attended the AIP convention in 1994.) One former militia member I interviewed in Talkeetna with direct links to Cox said that the Palins -- "especially Todd" -- were "sympathetic to our cause." That Palin and her minions would associate with Cox -- and seek out his counsel for political "strategy" at a time when she was being considered as a potential vice-presidential nominee -- is further reflection not only of her fringe political views but also of her warped political judgment.
Man after waiting all of this time with that secret rattling around in my head I cannot tell you how gratifying it is to see it somewhere else besides on my blog, Mudflats, and a few other places around the internet.
I know the Huffington Post is not exactly the New York Times, but it IS read by journalists all across the country and hopefully more than a few of them will recognize the enormity of this story and start their own investigations.
P.S. Please click the link at the top and visit HuffPo and help this story get the attention it deserves. If it makes it to the front page that might REALLY push it along.
Update: The story is starting to spread. Finally.