I referred in an earlier post that Sarah Palin's tough leadership as Mayor of Wasilla led many to refer to her as "Sarah Barracuda", and it appears that the Governor has now brought that same decisive leadership to the State of Alaska. For instance, yesterday she fired the State Agriculture Board...Yes, you read that correctly; she canned the entire seven member board and replaced them.
The move was spurred by Palin's ongoing fight with the board regarding the proposed closing of the state-owned Matanuska Maid Creamery. Business at "Mat Maid" hasn't been great recently, and the Creamery Board recommended closing up shop on July 1st...leaving many Alaskan diary farmers with no where to sell there milk. Palin instead wanted new leadership on the Creamery Board that would revamp Mat Maid and try to get it back in the black. The State Ag Board (which oversees the Creamery Board) refused to work with Palin on the issue, so she got rid of them...all of them.
Listen, I honestly don't know where I stand on this issue because I personally am a critic of all state-owned businesses (and therefore a little unsure how I'd run one other than to privatize it as quickly as I could), but that's really not what this post is about. The reason I'm mentioning the Mat Maid kerfuffle is that it shows that Sarah Palin has no trouble making the tough and sometimes unpopular decisions involved in being a government executive - yet another reason she needs to be drafted for national office!
As a sidenote: If you thought that such a drastic move would dent Palin's public support, think again. I know that online polls are not the greatest when it comes to accuracy, but this one shows 87% of respondents agreeing with Palin on the issue.
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