Posted by PrestoPundit on 09/01/2008

— the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.  Palin was once a sports reporter for the newspaper.

Here’s the paper’s news story on Palin’s selection as McCain’s VP choice.  Note that Palin gets the very strong endorsement of the current mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Dianne Keller:

Palin’s successor at Wasilla City Hall, Mayor Dianne M. Keller, said Friday she’s a very happy .. “This is a great day to be a female Alaskan, any Alaskan,” Keller said.

served on the Wasilla City Council with Palin from 1996 to 2002 and
said Palin has more administrative experience than Democratic
presidential candidate Barack Obama.

After watching Palin in
action locally and at the state level, Keller said she’s confident
Palin would make a good vice president.

“I have no doubt she is going to do a great job,” she said.

BONUS:  A Sarah Palin timeline.

UPDATE:  The Chicago Tribune reports from Wasilla, Alaska:

“Growing up she was a little reserved; but even at a young age, once
she made her mind up, that was it. She’s tenacious,” said Curt Menard,
who has known the current Alaska governor and soon-to-be GOP vice presidential candidate since she was 9 years old. ..

“I’m elated,” said Larry Kroon, pastor of Wasilla Bible Church, where
the Palins worship. “Her heart for her friends and her heart for God is
powerful.” ..

Palin, then Sarah Heath, played point guard on that team, but was not
the most gifted athlete on the court, although she did serve as a team
captain and led pregame prayer.

“She wasn’t a natural runner or athlete, but she worked at it. She paid
her dues,” said Chuck Heath, Palin’s father who taught and coached
track at Wasilla High.

Palin earned her starting spot with her aggressive defense: She pressed
opponents. She got in their face. She forced errors. The bold style
earned her the nickname “Sarah Barracuda.”

After graduation, Palin seemed to slow down: She went to college in
Idaho, married Todd Palin, her high school sweetheart, and started a

In 1996, Palin’s scrappy spirit returned when she ran an aggressive
mayoral campaign, canvassing door to door, to unseat a longtime
incumbent. It was a tenacious approach — cutthroat to her critics —
that has not let up since.

The 1996 Wasilla contest was hardly an electoral earthquake– Palin won
617 votes to 413 votes– but she moved quickly: In her first year in
office, she asked the city’s top managers to resign–or pledge
allegiance to her–fired the police chief and cut the city museum’s
budget to the point that all three employees quit in protest.

Property tax cuts and a focus on bread-and-butter matters like roads,
sewer and water supplies helped her win re-election in 1999. But her
rapid rise came with sharp elbows and led to enemies, said Alaska state
Senate President Lyda Green, a Republican who represents the area.

“You go under the bus and find a crowd there,” said Green, a former friend who had a falling-out with Palin ..

Wasilla Mayor Keller laughed at [concerns about the size and age of Palin’s family], saying that when Palin
gave birth to her fourth child the then-mayor displayed the same drive
that helped the Warriors win the state title 26 years ago.

“She had Piper at night,” Keller said. “And she was back at work the next day.”



  1. Franz said

    Every time they slam her for being a beauty pageant, remember what all four of them were doing at age 19:

    McCain – raising hell at the Naval Academy
    Palin – Miss Wasilla, runner up Miss Alaska; she entered to get some money for college; her Dad was a school teacher

    Obama – Using blow at Occidental College; he wasn’t selling, was he?
    Biden – University of Delaware; probably talking

    Greg, shot me an email.

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