Sarah Palin, outspoken hunting advocate and all-around antithesis of animal rights, has hired a vegetarian as her chief of staff.
Michael Glassner, a former aide to Bob Dole who worked on the McCain campaign in 2008, is Palin’s chief of staff, as it appears that Palin is preparing for a 2012 presidential election campaign. Glassner has been described as a “health nut” and is a vegetarian along with his wife.
It seems an odd choice for a vegetarian to be on staff, considering Palin’s love of hunting wolves from helicopters. But politics transcend personal ethical choices for some, I suppose.
This isn’t the first time this kind of juxtaposition has happened on Palin’s staff: author Matthew Scully was hired as Palin’s speechwriter back in 2008. Scully is a staunch vegetarian, and a harsh critic of the hunting industry. He is heavily involved in animal rights, and has even authored a book titled Dominion: The Power of Man, The Suffering of Animals, and The Call to Mercy. Yet he served under one of the biggest hunting advocates in the country.
The Glassner hiring points to a 2012 presidential campaign for Palin, who quit as governor of Alaska in 2009. Since then, she has made a number of TV appearances including her own reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” which frequently discusses hunting and fishing. In fact, PETA has accused the show, Palin, and TLC of including excess hunting scenes in order to boost the show’s ratings. Though the show has also apparently exposed Palin to be somewhat of a hunting fraud, as actual hunters accuse her of not knowing what she’s doing. So, Palin’s love of hunting could just be all talk; the question is whether that would be a good thing or a bad thing.
One thing is for sure: staff dinners are going to be an awkward affair, what with all the moose meat.