Friday, July 3, 2009
SHOCKER-Sarah Palin Resigns as Governor of Alaska! Link to video of resignation HERE!
Hey Vice-Precedence Blog Readers! Stunning news that I just HAD to let you know.
Former VP Candidate, current Gov. of Alaska, Hockey-Mom, and lightning rod for controversy Sarah Palin announced at an 11AM press conference today that she will not only not seek a second term as Governor, but also that she will resign as Governor of Alaska! Effective at the end of the month! The Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell will be sworn in on July 26, 2009.
In a very emotional speech, Palin said her decision came after much “prayer and consideration.” She did not want to waste time on “political blood sport” and cited public criticism of her actions and her family since the 2008 campaign.
There have recently been a lot of stories criticizing Gov. Palin and her family in the news. Besides the controversy with David Letterman that became a national debate, there has been the interview with Levi Johnston in GQ where he stated that the Palins weren't always very good to him-even though he's the father of their grandchild, that Todd offered to buy him a snow-machine if he stopped seeing Bristol, and how people are reluctant to hire him for a job because they feared they might incur the wrath of the Governor. Also, members of the McCain campaign team were very harsh on Palin in other interviews and Vanity Fair's Todd S. Purdum also wrote a massive article on Palin with this incredible quote:
"Palin is unlike any other national figure in modern American life—neither Anna Nicole Smith nor Margaret Chase Smith but a phenomenon all her own. The clouds of tabloid conflict and controversy that swirl around her and her extended clan—the surprise pregnancies, the two-bit blood feuds, the tawdry in-laws and common-law kin caught selling drugs or poaching game—give her family a singular status in the rogues’ gallery of political relatives. By comparison, Billy Carter, Donald Nixon, and Roger Clinton seem like avatars of circumspection. Palin’s life has sometimes played out like an unholy amalgam of Desperate Housewives and Northern Exposure."
Palins' entire emotional resignation speech is on her official government website. I'm including links to it and to Purdums' story and video of the resignation speech here!
What does it all mean? Will Palin get her house in order and make a run for the Presidency in 2012? Is her career in politics over for good? Stay Tuned here at the Vice-Precedence Blog and Have a Happy 4th of July! Thanks for reading!