In both cases the people in question were slack about doing their jobs and that is why they had the ‘secret’ email accounts. Less paperwork/weeding through hundreds of emails. Less…work.
Also, both nailed by their own provincialism.
I picked these two examples because the media treated one example verrrry differently than the other, both the mainstream media and the right wing media. The mainstream media tried to present Sarah Palin as specially corrupt, while the right media tried to present Lisa Jackson as specially incompetent and affirmative-actionish. Both women, despite being quite on opposite sides politically, were actually playing standard roles. Government officials, both elected and unelected these days seem to think doing their jobs is beneath them, but by gum y’all had better be ready to pay more taxes/vote in more bond issues.
I would also note that for complicated tribal reasons, a surprising amount of doxxing was done to both women which resulted in their having to suffer some consequences for their slackness. Just think of the possibilities if this was done As A Rule for government officials!
Nobody thinks of government as containing people who are fellow community members anymore. It’s all very atomized and deracinated. Nobody, especially conservatives, seems to want locals as their government anymore. But that’s also real community and real authority, not bouncing around all over the country for promotions just like in the terrible private sector.
Something to consider when conservatives go on their tears about the evils of “government”. It’s supposed to be their very neighbors, friends and relatives, but they are too blinded by ideological haze to think of it that way.