A liberal Alaskan blogger altered a photograph of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin holding her infant son Trig, who suffers from Down syndrome, raising a storm of protest from a spokesperson for the former GOP vice presidential candidate, according to a CNN report.
Linda Kellen Biegel, a strong supporter of the Alaska Democratic Party, placed a mug shot of conservative Alaskan radio host Eddie Burke over Trig’s face in an attempt to mock the closeness of the pair.
“Recently we learned of a malicious desecration of a photo of the governor and baby Trig that has become an iconic representation of a mother’s love for a special needs child,” Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapelton told CNN. “The mere idea of someone doctoring the photo of a special needs baby is appalling.”
“Babies and children are off limits,” she added. “It is past time to restore decency in politics and real tolerance for all Americans. The Obama administration sets the moral compass for its party. We ask that special needs children be loved, respected and accepted and that this type of degeneracy be condemned.”
But Biegel maintained that the composite was aimed only at poking fun at Burke, not Trig Palin.
“It’s called ‘Baby Burke’ because it’s Eddie Burke … basically his probable second-biggest fantasy about the governor,” she wrote on her blog.
There is apparently no love lost between the two women.
Biegel recently lodged an ethics complaint against Palin for sporting a jacket to a public event – a garment made by a company that sponsors her snow mobile-racing husband.
Palin lashed back that Biegel was simply engaged in “asinine political grandstanding.”
The ethics complaint was dismissed.
In another ongoing dispute, Biegel has monitored Burke's treatment of Andree McLeod, who has consistently criticized Palin. Biegel suspected that the governor's office had added and abetted what she styled Burke’s “smear campaign” against McLeod.
Biegel requested that the Office of the Governor provide her with any relevant e-mails between the concerned parties – but was informed that copies of the e-mails could only be released after she paid administrative fees of $5,552.64.
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