She just tweeted this:
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.
More as I learn more.
Update: Scratch that, she’s resigning from KTUU:
WASILLA, Alaska — In a stunning announcement, Gov. Sarah Palin said Friday morning she will resign her office in a few weeks.
Speculation has swirled for weeks, perhaps months that Palin would not seek re-election in 2010 as she pursues a political career on the national stage. The former vice presidential candidate has long been rumored to be considering a run at the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
Palin did not address those rumors at the press conference at her Wasilla home, during which she did not take questions from reporters.
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will be inaugurated as her successor at the Governor’s Picnic at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks on Sunday, July 26, Palin said.
Parnell said he will seek election to the governor’s office in 2010. Parnell ran for Congress unsuccessfully against Rep. Don Young in the Republican primary last year.
Palin made the announcement flanked by Parnell and all of her cabinet. She said that recent incidents brought up by national media and the spate of ethics complaints have been taking away from her mission to serve Alaska.
She felt that it would be best to step aside and let Parnell and her cabinet continue. Palin said she discussed the decision with her family, and they were united in their support of her decision to step down.
I have to say, I didn’t see that coming. I could see her not running for re-election, but not finishing her first term? She is, as indicated in her tweet above, going to share more information.
2nd Update: KTUU Report Video:
Will share full video of her announcement when it is up.
3rd Update: She has full remarks on her website. Last sentence in her speech.
In the words of General MacArthur said, “We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”
Also a press release.