After Sarah Palin fired her public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, setting off a chain of events that would ultimately become known as "Troopergate," she offered him the position of executive director of Alcholic Beverage Control, a demotion that he declined.
An investigation by the Alaska State Personnel Board would later find that she acted within her purview when she dismissed him but had acted improperly when she and her husband put pressure on him to fire their former brother-in-law, a state trooper named Mike Wooten.
Shortly after Monegan declined to take the new job, Palin spokeswoman Sharon Leighow disseminated two statements to the media. The first, by Palin, was a thinly veiled slap at Monegan for not accepting the position.
"It was evident that Walt's interests and abilities in the area of public safety could be better utilized if he could concentrate his efforts more closely on issues dealing with rampant alcohol problems in rural communities where there is great suffering," Palin said in her statement.
"We recognized that there was an ideal opportunity for him to deal with bootlegging and other alcohol problems…Unfortunately, he chose not to serve the state in this capacity. We are moving the Department of Public Safety forward under new leadership."