Jul 7, 2009

Sarah Palin Resigns as Governor of Alaska

Sarah Palin Resigns as Governor of AlaskaSarah Palin resigned as Alaska Governor effective later this month. Palin announced the big news last Friday at the backyard of her home in Wasilla with husband Todd and their children. "It hurts to make this choice but I'm doing what's best for Alaska. You can effect change from the outside, and I can too," she said.

Below: Full Story of Sarah Palin’s Resignation as Governor of Alaska

Palin, 45, the first female governor of Alaska, will be replaced by Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell. There have been rumors that she may run for U.S. Senate especially that one of the state’s Senate seats will be available in 2010.

"This comes as no surprise. Palin clearly was detached and ineffective as governor since the 2008 presidential campaign. The day-to-day challenges of running a state simply did not mesh with her skill set or her personality. More importantly, she couldn't run for president from Wasilla," said Geoffrey Dunn, political analyst and UC Santa Cruz professor.

Jim Palin, on the other hand, reacted about the shocking announcement of his famous daughter-in-law saying, "We had no idea it was coming. Nobody seemed to know; they're extremely private people." And he added, "Obviously, Sarah and Todd had thought it through and as far as the future lies, and based on what she said, I feel confident they have several options available to them and we will support them in whatever they do. If she's not in office, they can't file frivolous ethics complaints against you. That becomes a waste of time and money."