Alaska’s former governor Sarah Palin fondly called him her “first dude,” but nearly 3,000 pages of e-mails obtained by NBC News and msnbc.com show that Todd Palin was quite a bit more than that during Palin’s two-and-a-half-year administration.
Todd Palin’s influence – earning him the title of “shadow governor” from some Juneau critics – extended to union contract negotiations, judicial and state board appointments and more, as evidenced by the e-mails, many written from private Yahoo accounts.
Few e-mails indicate he performed the ceremonial duties typical to a governor’s spouse, with the exception of his participation as a judge for the Miss Alaska competition and as host to a tea to honor former first ladies.
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