Todd Palin, better known as the First Dude, played a particularly influential role in the administration. At times, his personal business concerns appeared to shape Sarah Palin's official agenda.
Todd Palin sent his wife an email to her personal account July 4, 2008, complaining that the Peter Pan Seafood operation that he provided with salmon out of the Bristol Bay was "plugged up" -- meaning that the processor was at capacity and couldn't handle any more fish. "Way to [sic] early to be on limits," he wrote. "Just venting."
The governor forwarded his email to acting chief of staff Michael Nizich, writing: "This will have to be another mission we get on."
A few days later, Cora Crome, Palin's fisheries policy advisor, sent a long note to Palin and Nizich updating them on the state of salmon production at Bristol Bay.