Sarah Palin to Resign as Governor
Earlier reports today indicated that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin would announce this afternoon that she did not plan to seek re-election to a second term. However, Fox News is now reporting that the Governor intends to step down at the end of this month.
Some political observers had expected Palin to forgo an opportunity to seek re-election, but few expected Palin to resign office. Her reason for stepping down was not immediately clear.
Since the McCain-Palin defeat in the 2008 election, there has been speculation that she will run for president in the 2012 presidential election.
Palin was a member of the Wasilla, Alaska, city council from 1992 to 1996 and the city's mayor from 1996 to 2002. After an unsuccessful campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska in 2002, she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2003 to 2004. She was then elected Governor of Alaska in November 2006.
"Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional Lame Duck status in this particular climate would just be another dose of politics as usual, something I campaigned against and will always oppose," Palin said in a statement released by her office.
Palin is the first female governor of Alaska and the youngest person ever elected governor of that state.
Recent polls showed her running even with Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney as likely candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. However, some are speculating that Palin has grown tired of the national media assault and is choosing to step out of the public spotlight entirely.
Lt. Governor Sean Parnell will take over as Governor of Alaska within the next month.