July 3rd, 2009
04:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin: ‘I look forward to helping others’

(CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s office released a statement Friday, minutes after she announced her decision to step down from office at the end of the month, listing the “Selected Accomplishments of the Palin Administration.”

Full Palin statement after the jump

July 3, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin announced today that she will not seek a second term as Governor of the State of Alaska and will relegate the power of governor to Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell in order to serve Alaska’s best interests. Lieutenant General Craig Campbell will move into Parnell’s current role.

“People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing's more important to me than our beloved Alaska,” said Governor Palin. “Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine.”

Standing outside her home in Wasilla, Alaska, Governor Palin reflected upon some of the administration’s accomplishments for Alaska as she approaches her final year in office.

“I am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is not the easiest path,” said Governor Palin after the announcement. “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. It is my duty to always protect our great state. With that in mind, my family and I determined that it is best to make a difference this summer, and I am willing to change things, so that this administration, with its positive agenda, its accomplishments, and its successful road to an incredible future, can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success. I look forward to helping others – to fight for our state and our country, and campaign for those who believe in smaller government, free enterprise, strong national security, support for our troops, and energy independence.”

The transfer of power will occur following the Governor’s picnic in Fairbanks on July 26. At that point in time, Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell will be sworn in and Lieutenant General Craig Campbell will assume his role as Lieutenant Governor.

Governor Palin will spend July 4th in Juneau.


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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. MYmymy

    Help others do what Sarah?

    July 3, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. Marie,San Diego

    She's smarter than Obama!
    At least she doesn't need a teleprompter like the current idiot-in-chief.
    The communist press will now foucus entirely on Plain instead of the communist takeover by the Obama administration.

    Apparently, you sounded delusional like Palin. You don't know how to distinct Harvard and Columbia grad versus journalist grad from different unknown universities. BTW, before you spew the word communist, make sure you know the meaning and what it stands for.

    July 3, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. RSB

    I don't know what to say other than I'm glad she's going. I tried to listen to her speech but couldn't listen to it all. Her tone was as it always is very negative, not only to Dems but Repubs as well. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of her, she'll see to that.

    July 3, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. 60's survivor

    run Sarah run. if you can't handle being govenor of the great state of Alaska. how in the world could she even consider president much less vp of the USA ?!!!!

    July 4, 2009 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  5. Okumuringa

    Palin was a dessaster to the gop from the time she was picked as vp by mccain and the recent scandals in the gop is sad and may god save gop

    July 4, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. AcidEatingLiberal

    Help us by rowing a very small boat over to the country you can see from your house. Lets hope Putin isnt invading our airspace that day in a MIG fighter jet and sees you.

    July 4, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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