Friday, July 3, 2009

Sarah Palin to resign as Alaskan Governor

*from Bloomberg
Palin Announces She Will Resign as Alaska’s Governor (Update1)


By Edwin Chen and Simon Lomax

July 3 (Bloomberg) -- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican Party vice-presidential nominee, said she is resigning her office by the end of the month.

Palin, 45, made the announcement today outside her home in Wasilla, Alaska.

“This decision came after much consideration,” Palin told reporters gathered at the home. She also said, “I really don’t want to disappoint anyone with this announcement.”

She did not give specific reasons for her decision or address whether she might seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell will assume the governor’s office.

Last summer, Palin was Arizona Senator’s John McCain surprise pick to serve as his running mate on the Republican Party’s presidential ticket.

Political observers were split over whether her decision to resign would serve Palin’s purposes should she decide to seek the presidency.

Palin “made the right decision if she is serious about running” for the White House in 2012, said Washington-based independent political analyst Charlie Cook.

“She could be a good governor or she can be a serious candidate for president, but she can’t do both well,” Cook said.

Rich Galen, a Republican political strategist who once advised former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, said of Palin’s move, “This hardly seems like a well thought-out strategy.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Edwin Chen in Washington at echen32@bloomberg.net; Simon Lomax in Washington at 4305 or slomax@bloomberg.net.

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