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March 30, 2009

Democratic fundraiser aiding Palin, ruffling feathers

The affection that big-shot attorney and native Baltimorean John Coale developed for Sarah Palin during the presidential campaign hasn’t gone away, and may be causing some problems in Sarah-land.

Coale, a longtime Democratic donor who lent $500,000 to Martin O’Malley in the closing days of the gubernatorial campaign, met Palin when Coale’s wife – Greta Van Susteren – traveled to Alaska to interview the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Smitten, Coale became an informal adviser, and even endorsed John McCain for president. Coale advised Palin to create a Washington-based political action committee to keep her national profile high, and is still in regular communication with the governor.

Now Politico is reporting that the relationship is something of a problem. Top Palin supporters say that the Washington operation and the Anchorage staff don’t know what each is doing. The Politico article quoted an unnamed Republican saying that “taking advice from Greta and her husband” is a major source of Palin missteps since the campaign ended.

The article also lays blame at Palin’s Alaska state house staff, which some observers say is ill-prepared to help her build and maintain a national profile.

Our Baltimore Sun colleague Laura Vozzella has just talked to Coale about his role with Palin and the criticism he’s receiving. Look for more in her column, published Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Posted by David Nitkin at 3:57 PM | | Comments (6)


Sounds like a case of sabotage.
This woman REALLY threatens the lefts idea of an independent woman.
She made her success with her man behind her unlike their standard bearer, Hillary, who made a name for herself on a mans coattails.

What, no mention of John Coale's Scientology PAC plan? I mean, what's crazier than a Palin loving/Martin O'Malley saving/ Scientologist ? Any recipient of the PAC's funds had to agree to ban psychiatry. Shouldn't Martin O'Malley check the wahoo's that give him money before he just takes it?

Don't you know the real reason for Palin's success is that reverend who fights witches???

My how the media and elitists are frightened of this normal woman. Don't ask why these media outlets are going bankrupt when they have nothing better to do than attack Governor Palin.


Normal woman? Normal women do not accept the blessing of some witch fighter...

Coale loaned the governor 500k, and Coale is on the board of the Maryland medical system board of directors? Why is a Scientology political operative in an oversight position over psychiatrists and psychologists? Scientologists want to outlaw psychiatry.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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