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Aug 12, 2009 4:48 am

Sarah Palin Resigns as Governor of Alaska – For 2012 Presidential Run?

Sarah Palin Resigns as Governor of Alaska

Sarah Palin said on Friday she will resign this month and will not run seek reelection.


  • Palin resigns as governor, leaves plans secret: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin surprised supporters Friday and announced she is resigning from office at the end of the month, leaving open the possibility she would seek a run for the White House in 2012....
    Palin hinted she had a bigger role in mind, saying she wanted to make a"positive change outside government." But she kept supporters in suspense, promising on Twitter:"We'll soon attach info on decision to not seek re-election ... this is in Alaska's best interest, my family's happy ... it is good. Stay tuned."
    In a hastily arranged news conference at her home in suburban Wasilla, Palin said she will formally step down July 26, and Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will be inaugurated at the governor's picnic in Fairbanks. She said she had decided against running for re-election as Alaska's governor, and believed it was best to leave office even though she had two years left to her term.
    "Many just accept that lame duck status, and they hit that road. They draw a paycheck. They kind of milk it. And I'm not going to put Alaskans through that," she said.... - AP, 7-3-09
  • Palin to Resign as Governor of Alaska: Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska announced Friday that she would step down by the end of the month and not seek a second term as governor, fueling speculation that she is trying to position herself as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Her decision follows a week of extraordinarily bad publicity, from within her own state over ethics inquiries and across the national landscape as top aides on her vice-presidential campaign and supporters have been engaged in a highly public feud that has spilled out in vociferous tones online on blogs and on television. Bloggers in Alaska, critics of the governor as well as former Palin supporters, suggest also that pending releases of e-mails among the Palins were about to expose her to further questions about her finances and governance issues.... - NYT, 7-3-09
  • Palin's Resignation Has Many Asking, What Next?: Some political insiders questioned the political wisdom of her decision to quit in the middle of her first term as governor while others were reluctant to bet against her popularity. Sarah's Palin's decision to quit as Alaska's governor at the end of the month left political observers scratching their heads and wondering, is this the beginning of Palin's run for the the White House or the end of her political career?...
    "I am real surprised. It is real unconventional," William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, told FOX News."It would make sense to finish the governorship and then run for president in 2012. But Kristol didn't count Palin out for 2012, calling her" crazy like a fox."It's a huge gamble -- but some of her gambles have paid off in the past," he said."If I had to bet right now, I would bet that we just heard the first opening statement in the 2012 presidential race."... - Fox News, 7-3-09
  • Prepping for a run for president? Howard Fineman: Palin is potentially a major GOP player in 2012 race: I have covered politics for a long time. I can tell when someone is running for president. Sarah Palin is running for president.
    On a sunny (slow news) day in Wasilla, Alaska, the governor and former GOP vice presidential candidate appeared before the cameras and announced that she was stepping down as the state's chief executive 18 months before her term expires.
    Just like that — like the distant sound of a chain saw in a stand of northern pines — the 2012 Republican race lurched into gear.... - MSNBC, 7-3-09
  • Palin’s Resignation: Shrewd Move or Political Suicide?: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to not only opt out of running for re-election but to resign as governor at the end of the month underscored the Republican lawmaker’s commitment to “no more conventional politics as usual," as she said today in her announcement. But if Palin is serious about a 2012 presidential bid against President Barack Obama, how smart of a decision was it to bow out of the only public office she’s ever been elected to before the end of her first term?
    In her lengthy–and at times rambling–statement today in Alaska, Palin said she didn’t want to focus any more of her time or the state’s tax dollars in fighting off ethics complaints as her main reason to resign."It’s pretty insane," she said,"My staff and I spend most of our day dealing with this instead of progressing our state now." From that starting point, it will be hard to make the case that she is ready to lead a country if she is incapable or unwilling to face her political enemies.... - WSJ, 7-3-09


  • Palin Announces No Second Term: I've never believed that I, nor anyone else, needs a title to do this - to make a difference... to HELP people. So I choose, for my State and my family, more"freedom" to progress, all the way around... so that Alaska may progress... I will not seek re-election as Governor.
    And so as I thought about this announcement that I wouldn't run for re-election and what it means for Alaska, I thought about how much fun some governors have as lame ducks... travel around the state, to the Lower 48 (maybe), overseas on international trade - as so many politicians do. And then I thought - that's what's wrong - many just accept that lame duck status, hit the road, draw the paycheck, and"milk it". I'm not putting Alaska through that - I promised efficiencies and effectiveness! ? That's not how I am wired. I am not wired to operate under the same old"politics as usual." I promised that four years ago - and I meant it.
    It's not what is best for Alaska.
    I am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is unconventional and not so comfortable.
    With this announcement that I am not seeking re-election... I've determined it's best to transfer the authority of governor to Lieutenant Governor Parnell; and I am willing to do so, so that this administration - with its positive agenda, its accomplishments, and its successful road to an incredible future - can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success.
    My choice is to take a stand and effect change - not hit our heads against the wall and watch valuable state time and money, millions of your dollars, go down the drain in this new environment. Rather, we know we can effect positive change outside government at this moment in time, on another scale, and actually make a difference for our priorities - and so we will, for Alaskans and for Americans.
    Let me go back to a comfortable analogy for me - sports... basketball. I use it because you're naïve if you don't see the national full-court press picking away right now: A good point guard drives through a full court press, protecting the ball, keeping her eye on the basket... and she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can WIN. And I'm doing that - keeping our eye on the ball that represents sound priorities - smaller government, energy independence, national security, freedom! And I know when it's time to pass the ball - for victory.
    I have given my reasons candidly and truthfully... and my last day won't be for another few weeks so the transition will be very smooth. In fact, we will look to swear Sean in - in Fairbanks at the conclusion of our Governor's picnics.
    I do not want to disappoint anyone with my decision; all I can ask is that you TRUST me with this decision - but it's no more"politics as usual".
    Some Alaskans don't mind wasting public dollars and state time. I do. I cannot stand here as your Governor and allow millions upon millions of our dollars go to waste just so I can hold the title of Governor. And my children won't allow it either. ? Some will question the timing. ? Let's just say, this decision has been in the works for awhile...
    In fact, this decision comes after much consideration, and finally polling the most important people in my life - my children (where the count was unanimous... well, in response to asking:"Want me to make a positive difference and fight for ALL our children's future from OUTSIDE the Governor's office?" It was four"yes's" and one"hell yeah!" The"hell yeah" sealed it - and someday I'll talk about the details of that... I think much of it had to do with the kids seeing their baby brother Trig mocked by some pretty mean-spirited adults recently.) Um, by the way, sure wish folks could ever, ever understand that we ALL could learn so much from someone like Trig - I know he needs me, but I need him even more... what a child can offer to set priorities RIGHT - that time is precious... the world needs more"Trigs", not fewer.
    My decision was also fortified during this most recent trip to Kosovo and Landstuhl, to visit our wounded soldiers overseas, those who sacrifice themselves in war for OUR freedom and security... we can ALL learn from our selfless Troops... they're bold, they don't give up, they take a stand and know that LIFE is short so they choose to NOT waste time. They choose to be productive and to serve something greater than SELF... and to build up their families, their states, our country. These Troops and their important missions - those are truly the worthy causes in this world and should be the public priority with time and resources and NOT this local / superficial wasteful political bloodsport. ...
    First things first: as Governor, I love my job and I love Alaska. It hurts to make this choice but I am doing what's best for Alaska. I've explained why... though I think of the saying on my parents' refrigerator that says"Don't explain: your friends don't need it and your enemies won't believe you anyway."
    But I have given my reasons... no more"politics as usual" and I am taking my fight for what's right - for Alaska - in a new direction....
    Remember Alaska... America is now, more than ever, looking North to the Future. It'll be good. So God bless you, and from me and my family - to ALL Alaska - you have my heart.
    And we will be in the capable hands of our Lieutenant Governor, Sean Parnell. And Lieutenant General Craig Campbell will assume the role of Lieutenant Governor. And it is my promise to you that I will always be standing by, ready to assist. We have a good, positive agenda for Alaska.
    In the words of General MacArthur said,"We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction." - State of Alaska, 7-3-09


  • Julian Zelizer"Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to resign in surprise move": Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer said Palin's future in public life depends on the reason she stepped down."If there is any evidence that the decision was a result of political problems or looming scandals, she is done," he said."The Republican Party already feels to be in a moment of crisis," after losing the presidency and control of Congress to the Democrats. He noted that in 2008"she revealed many weaknesses ... limited policy knowledge, association with fringe groups, weak performances on television and more." - WaPo, 7-3-09
  • Gerald McBeath"Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to resign in surprise move": "I think it's good news for both the governor and for Alaska," said Gerald McBeath, a political science professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her immediate future is not in elected office, but as a media personality, he said."And media personalities often end up in high political office." - WaPo, 7-3-09

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