Todd Palin to Be Subpoenaed in Alaska 'Troopergate' Probe

Todd Palin to Be Subpoenaed in Alaska 'Troopergate' Probe
Todd Palin
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09/12/2008 AT 05:20 PM EDT

Todd Palin, husband of GOP vice-presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is to be subpoenaed in the state investigation into whether his wife possibly abused the power of her office to have her former brother-in-law fired from his job.

Todd Palin, 44, who's been nicknamed the First Dude by his spouse's constituents, was one of 13 people who will be called to testify in the probe, according to a 3-2 decision by the Alaska State Judiciary Committee, reports the Anchorage Daily News.

Known as "Troopergate," the investigation got underway before Sarah Palin entered the national spotlight as McCain's running mate. Her supporters and her attorney subsequently labeled the probe politically motivated and have pushed for the matter to be handled by the three-member State Personnel Board, which is appointed by the governor.

According to the newspaper, Gov. Palin has said she dismissed the commissioner, Walt Monegan, because of disagreements stemming from budget priorities. Monegan, however, claims he received several messages from Palin, her husband and her employees expressing disappointment over the continued employment of Mike Wooten, who was involved in a bitter divorce from Palin's sister.

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