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Palin's emails reflect scrutiny she faced after emerging as vice-presidential nominee

June 11, 2011 - Washington

The trove of emails released from Sarah Palin's first two years as Alaska's governor gave an idea of the sudden scrutiny she faced after being selected as the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee in 2008.

Some of the messages she received at the time were blatantly threatening, Fox News reports.

In one e-mail dated September 12, 2008, the sender said Palin should "be shot," using several vulgarities to refer to her. Another email the next day, supposedly from somebody in Belgium, made the same threat.

Other emails included questions from reporters and more subdued complaints from the public.

In one of the e-mails, a Juneau resident said she was "very angry" regarding reports that Palin's husband Todd was involved in official meetings.

Another email from her press aide detailed the topics of the day in the media. Among them was "the tanning bed at the Governor's House" and whether she believes "dinosaurs and humans co-existed at one time."

Palin expressed frustration in its response. "Arghhhh! I am so sorry that the office is swamped like this! Dinosaurs even?!" Palin wrote back, noting she was "dismayed" at the media.

Palin's e-mail exchanges while Alaska Governor are being combed and published by dozens of media organizations.

Palin said she was unfazed by the release of emails, saying there are no more rocks that could be turned over about her life or time as governor.


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