Shawn R. Christy, the man Sarah Palin was granted a restraining order against, has admitted in an interview with a Pennsylvania newspaper that he threatened her:
In an interview Wednesday night at his McAdoo home, Christy said he tried to contact former presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain and Palin, McCain's running mate, because he believed the U.S. Secret Service had tampered with his cell phone.A hearing on the request by Gov. Palin and Mrs. Cole for a long-term protective order to be issued is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 13 before Anchorage Master John E. Duggan.
Christy said he began making threats to get their attention and have his phone fixed.
"It wasn't the brightest idea," Christy said Wednesday.
Shawn claims he turned himself into authorities in Washington for the threatening messages but was never charged. His parents soon became involved when Secret Service agents visited the family at their home and interviewed Shawn on June 18. He still wasn't charged with a crime but was ordered to undergo a psychological review, according to his father, although Shawn was found to have no problems.
Shawn said he admitted making threats to McCain, Palin and President Barack Obama. He also admitted to trying to contact Palin through Cole, Palin's family, her attorney and the Alaska governor's office. He said he found the numbers by looking them up in online phone directories.
Shawn also said he called Palin's office in 2008 because he was a supporter and wanted to know more about her views. Shawn said he intended to apologize to Palin in person at an event in Pennsylvania and at one of her book-signings in New York, but he didn't confront Palin or her family.
When explaining how he contacted Cole from a phone with an Alaskan area code, Shawn said he purchased a pay-by-the-minute phone for which he could select the number and area code. He figured someone in Alaska would pick up a phone call from a number with a local area code. He said he called Palin's mother from the same number in an effort to reach Palin.
Palin and Cole have requested a long-term protective order. A hearing on that request is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 13 before Anchorage Master John E. Duggan, according to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman newspaper.
And speaking of the delusional, State Rep. Timothy Horrigan, the New Hampshire legislator with a death wish for Gov. Palin, has changed his mind and decided to run for State Representative after all. And so it goes in Crazyville...