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.


Filed under: Alaska • Sarah Palin
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. maria

    You helped Alaska by stepping down, NOW do the rest of us a favor by going away. Raise your family, shut your mouth. Go away!!!

    July 3, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. David

    There is more to this story. She wouldn't just walk away from her powerful position 1.5 years early if she was not pushed.

    Congratulations Alaska!! But not sure what the other Republican you have will do for you. Just hang in there..in 2010 you will get a Democrat that will help bring your state out of the ice ages.

    July 3, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. kishen c.rao

    Mr. Powel, if you want to help, dont bring up Republican or Democrat...bring up "American". We need "American", not these two...

    July 3, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    ‘I look forward to helping others’

    You mean ... help Fox 'news' sell lies on tv?

    You mean .... help the 'crazies' run away from the US?

    You mean ..... 'hell yeah' help yourself ??

    July 3, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Precious

    Now Sarah Palin can come back with a SLAM DUNK! She can now fight back in a wide open court, instead of in a back room.

    The Court is yours Sarah. Let's play BALL!

    July 3, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Palin and the Republican party will put a positive spin on her announcement, but everyone knows what she has in mind. Either she'll be wanting a senate job or higher up down the road. God help us all if her plans succeed!

    July 3, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Claudia in Houson

    I knew she would pack her bags when Stevens was replaced with a Democrat Senator who she feared would find out more about her than she wanted people to know. Stevens probably kept a lid on it due to his corruption. THINK ABOUT IT.

    July 3, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. jaye

    Helping others do what????? LOLOLOL
    This woman is a whack job!!!

    July 3, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Roberto

    WOW! Lots of news to pick from on here. How is it [when] a story breaks it is the top story for 4-5 days? Are people REALLY needing to be "in-the-know" about such things? Melo-drama @ it's best!

    July 3, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Carmichael Beljackson

    elle woods from the movie legally blonde if a far better presidential contender than sarah palin will ever be.If republicans think she can get the white house for them they are smoking some new pot that no one knows about

    July 3, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Jim

    Just the news that she won't run again helps 10's of thousands.

    July 3, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. SD, Michigan

    FOX made her an offer she couldn't refuse, so she left her people in Alaska high and dry.

    July 3, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Translation: "I look forward to helping others" such as the Democrats who will enjoy a long spell of majority in Washington as a result of her ditzy speech and behavior. I'm an agnostic, but I thanked all applicable Higher Powers for this news.

    July 3, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. Anny

    Two years is all she served as govener and she quit.......aren't you glad she didn't get elected as VP probably would have quit that too.....she wants top billing, she is a Diva that has to have all the attention on her all the time and she doesn't want to have to answer any questions that the media puts to her unless it is FOX News reporters........boy if she thought she was getting negative coverage in the past and she wants to run in 2012, she will really have the media after her......and you know what I don't think Romney, Huckabee, Bush or any of the other republicans want her going out and speaking on their behalf........they should have shut this woman out a long time ago.....

    July 3, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. Carmichael Beljackson

    For all you right wing cronies, what makes you think that sarah palin will beat THE PRESIDENT in 2012.Remember she has to survive the republican primaries and with guys like romney,huckabee,gingrich and brownback do you even think she stands a chance.BTW don't forget if OBAMA can can defeat someone like Hillary what makes you think a little girl like pale could defeat HIM.This is common sense,McCain lost because of her and the refoolishcans will brace themselves for another embarassing defeat.

    July 3, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. mk

    She will "help others" just like she did John McCain. Ask him he ever wants "help" from her again?

    July 3, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. relieved!!!

    she does not belong in any public office!!!!!

    she is incompetent and uneducated

    July 3, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. bella

    Maybe Sara Palin was one of "those women" that Mark Sanford spoke about in his "confessions for the brave and might"!!!

    July 3, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. Sue

    Palin can add to that touted executive "experience" – QUITTING before her term as Governor ends. Yeah, looks real good for someone who WANTS to be president. Hmmm...just imagine IF she is President (God forbid !) – a economic meltdown or terrorist attack (god forbid!) – and she says I am quitting for the good of the country or I am staying in camp David for a while longer and wait for the problems to go away... !!!

    July 3, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Ed Hendricks

    GOD help us all if she should say in politics!!

    July 3, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. Denna

    Oh dear spirits, who is she going to help? This poor creature can't even help herself. She went from being the darling of the Republican National Convention to being a national punchline. She did not do beautiful women (and she is beautiful) any favors by coming off as an airhead. Good luck dear Sarah. You were fun to watch.

    July 3, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. Ted Tartaglia

    Sarah, you can help by disappearing. The world is tired of you!

    July 3, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. A cheater and a quitter

    man! she looked like she was trying to keep from crying.

    July 3, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. Ron L

    Three things cover this:
    1) She just isn't smart enough to go any further politically. Just listen closely to this last speech..drivelling..blather..that is actually somewhat embarassing for someone in this position of authority.
    2) She took a FOUR YEAR job...and she's QUITTING!!! To me this is inexcusable.
    3) THERE IS MORE TO THIS...Trust me. Either she or her husband have done something they shouldn't have....JUST WAIT...IT's COMING!!!

    July 3, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. frank

    You people are the biggest bunch of moron's, and haters, I guess were doing better underneath this piece of crap president, I hope obama gets his ass handed to him in 2012, these assnine democrats are out of control, Throw These Bums Out On their Worthless Behind Ends, Beginning with Nancy Pelosi, Dick Durbin, Harry Reid, and That Traitor John Mertha, You are all so full of you know what, Lay Off Of Sarah Palin, Shes Gone, Thanks To You Brainless Morons

    July 3, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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