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.

  1. Here is the DNC reaction:

    “Either Sarah Palin is leaving the people of Alaska high and dry to pursue her long shot national political ambitions or she simply can't handle the job now that her popularity has dimmed and oil revenues are down,” DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said.

    “Either way, her decision to abandon her post and the people of Alaska who elected her continues a pattern of bizarre behavior that more than anything else may explain the decision she made today.”

    Hope they are wrong.

  2. I think they are. I think what they are doing is taking what, at least on the surface, seems to be a selfless act and putting a political spin on it.

    I do think she's going to run in 2012, but I think she's resigning because she feels it is what is best for Alaska – for instance not being a lame duck governor. I think she feels like the constant attacks & ethics violations were a distraction. Also, I would think resigning before her first term is up since was going to run again sets her Lt. Gov, Sean Parnell, in a good position to run for re-election.

    I am surprised though.

  3. Guess there will be spin on both sides of the aisle. I hope that she can find a way to get rid of her celebrity status and to become a serious and thoughtful leader.. wait.. she is no longer a leader. I guess I will begin to take her serious when I see her tackling serious issues in serious venues.

  4. Unless she's sick, or in trouble legally, or if continuing in the role would somehow ruin the life of a member of her family, she should have completed her term. That's the covenant she made with the voters of Alaska, by running under that state's constitutional rules of office.

    I like her, but I see her as more of a lightweight than her big fans do. Her decision to agree to be John McCain's running mate was poor judgment on her part. Although she was qualified to be VP — more qualified than Obama is to be P — she and McCain were never philosophical compadres. He was a vainglorious scold and Dem wannabe, and she was used as nothing more than an adrenaline shot (which he desperately needed). I would hope that she'd invest a few years working with some sort of international policy board, and earn some inter-cultural and international cred that way.

  5. Maybe it's just as easy as making a decision to get her family out of the national spotlight. I think after the psychotic beatings that they have endured in the 10 months since she entered the national spotlight, it would be completely reasonable. It's had to have been tough. I am excited to see what she has in mind, though!!

  6. Another thought I had is…wouldn't it be COOL if she is moving on to some sort of leading prolife position?!

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