Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

The New York Times: Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.

So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.

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