Given what Cat mentioned from "samefacts", you have to wonder about the political sophistication of her Alaskan supporters. As CNN recounts
"She inherited the city with no debt, and suddenly we have a lot of debt," she said. "I don't think that labels her as a true fiscal conservative."
In 1999, the Nature Conservancy was negotiating to sell the land to the city and Lundgren, but he says that although he signed a purchase agreement with the group, the city did not.
Lundgren purchased 325 acres from the Nature Conservancy, but the city filed a lawsuit claiming ownership of land it believed it owned. In 2002, a federal court sided with Lundgren, finding that the city had never signed the proper papers.
But by then, the 80-acre complex was under construction; Palin gave the go-ahead to begin while the issue was still in court. After Palin left office, the city sought to obtain the tract it needed for the sports complex through eminent domain, leading to another court battle.
"I'm curious as to why somebody in the previous administration didn't make sure that we had clear title before we started building, because certainly once we started building, we were over a barrel," Woodruff said.
Wasilla eventually agreed to pay Lundgren more than $800,000 for the land, along with Lundgren's legal fees and interest: another $700,000.
Lundgren said he offered to give the city a 20-acre parcel to avoid further lawsuits, but city officials turned him down.
"They said they needed more than 20 acres," he said. "They had additional plans to build a softball field."
Attorney Kenneth Jacobus, who represented the city, said he had no recollection of an acceptable offer from Lundgren.
The city originally paid $145,000 for part of the land. The rest of it was valued at about $21,000.
It ended up paying more than $1.5 million, not counting its own legal fees.
An issue like this in California would have sunk the political run of any candidate. But in Alaska, they must say, "OK, so she blew close to a few million? Well, at least she's an anti-abortion creationist. That makes her fiscally conservative in my book."