MOTHER-IN-LAW. And an endorsement from a mayor who worked with Palin:
“This is a really nice person, and she’s disarming in that way,” said George Carte, 67, a retired geophysicist who was mayor of neighboring Palmer when Palin was mayor of Wasilla.
“I was very impressed with her as mayor,” said Carte. “She did some
housecleaning with her department heads.”
Meanwhile, Palin’s home town of Wasilla, Alaska breaks out with Palin Fever:
Down the highway in the Frontier Mall, Patrick
Carney Jr. said that when he heard the news on television a day before,
“it knocked me flat.” Carney comes from a large Democratic family, but
he’s wavering now.
Brother Mark Carney, who was in high school
with Palin and works unloading freight, said Palin’s addition to the
ticket “changed my vote. I think it’s good taking someone who’s lived
like a common person.”
“She’s highly principled. She may be from the
other party, but she’s very honest,” said their father, Patrick Carney
Sr., a former Democratic state legislator ..
Ed Kalnins, senior pastor of Palin’s Pentecostal church, Assembly of
God, described Palin as tenacious. “Once she understands a truth, she
bites down on it and won’t let go of the truth,” he said ..
But not everyone in town is a fan.
Irl Stambaugh was Wasilla’s first
police chief. When she was on the council, he said, they tussled over
the issue of closing time for bars. He wanted to change closing time
from 5 a.m to 2 a.m., but Palin thought that would infringe on business
owners. When she became mayor, she fired him.
“I think it was a personality conflict,” said Stambaugh.