July 3rd, 2009
04:51 PM ET
9 years ago

Republicans react to Palin news

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican Governors Association released a statement Friday in response to the Palin announcement:

RGA Statement on Governor Palin’s Announcement

Republican Governors Association Executive Director Nick Ayers issued the following statement in regards to Sarah Palin’s announcement today that she will not seek reelection in 2010 and will step down from the governorship on July 25th.

“While we regret the news announced by Governor Palin today, Alaska will continue to have a Republican governor through 2010 and we are confident the state will elect a Republican in next year’s election.

The RGA’s focus remains firmly on the gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia this year, and the 37 gubernatorial elections that will take place in 2010. We know that winning these races is the most important task facing our Party over the next two years.”

Filed under: RGA • Sarah Palin
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Capital Insider

    I admire Palin for stepping down, unlike some of those Democrats and Republicans who refuse to do what is right for our country...you know Blago and Sanford. However, knowing this message board, I fully expect to hear a ton of cheers from our LIBERAL NUTJOBS and and a HUGE SOB from our RIGHTWING FANATICS.

    I am surprised there wasn't more hateful and obnoxious comments from the peanut gallery on here, but I suspect it is a Friday and everyone is ready to enjoy their July 4th.

    And I want to applaud our IDIOT parade of posters: NIKI, Tim, AMN, Darth Vadik, Barbara, RUTY et. al.

    Look it is clear that no what the LIBERAL NUTJOBS on here would have said "She should QUIT" and if she didn't "She is a QUITTER" either way it was a lose, lose for her. Where are the moderates around here? It seems like this forum is full of children.

    July 3, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Hal

    There are so many mean spirited people. I'm glad that I'm not a liberal democrat. You're a bunch of idiots!

    July 3, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. gwen

    First let me address Palin's Press Release, with jumping all over the map on why she is stepping down, is nothing more than a coverup of the truth. What I take away from her comments is that she cares absolutly nothing about Alaska, only her own ambitions of making more money now that she in very small circles is a celebrity. Or if the rumors are true about a criminal investigation then I say let the chips fall where they may.
    One things is for sure, the reasons she gave today is for the good of the Alaskian people is not the truth. Uselly when a politician step down so abruptly is they are about to charged with something. So I say to all you Palin fan, dont be so stupid to believe this woman.

    July 3, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. Mish

    who cares about *Miss Drama*

    I think McCain must be wringing his hands and saying to himself

    *Omg I have created a Monster* lol

    July 3, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Matt in CT

    I really feel badly for all of you who suffer from Palin Derangement Syndrome. We'll pray for you and your recovery!!!

    July 3, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. Facepalm

    Well, now she's free to make gobs of money off of the faithful palinites and pay people to keep reality away.

    And she doesn't have to learn a thing!

    July 3, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. Andrew

    The GOP definitely seems to have filled its ranks with a number of brilliant social models. Cheating hypocrites and self-serving whine-bags seem to make up the elite of this party...

    July 3, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. Excuse me?

    We laugh at Palin because we FEAR her? No, we laugh at Palin because she makes it so easy to do so just by opening her mouth. The only FEAR I have about Palin is that she was one heartbeat away from being the POTUS. But, she would have quit after 2.5 years anyway...so maybe she could have shot Osama bin Laden like a wolf from her helicopter while looking out over the Russian terrain. See...that's why we laugh!

    July 3, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  9. The Lady

    Question 1: why would anyone quit a job just a few weeks of the job ending anyway? Question 2: what does this have to do with Obama? can we please stop associated every move made by someone having something to do with Obama, I am absolutely 100 percent sure she did not have a conversation with President Obama before she made this decision.

    July 3, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. Robin

    Wow, Marissa... You are one bitter woman. Breath, breath, take prozac. That's a good girl.

    July 3, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. Robin

    Oh, and Marissa, Jordan offered to get Bin Laden for Clinton. But Clinton did not want to get his hands dirty, and that is a fact not an opinion.

    GWB had to make difficult decisions for this Country that were not popular. But they are decisions that Clinton was not man enough to make and decisions that Obama will have no idea what to do when and if something happens on his watch.

    July 3, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. Sandra

    I will be most surprised if this comment is included. The last time I sent one in that was complimentary to Sarah Palin, it was not. Sarah Palin is NOT a quitter. She explained perfectly well why she is "stepping down". The media has been, and continues to be, grossly unfair to her.

    July 3, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. FactCheck

    She did not lie about Obama. You cannot give me one example of that. Unless you assume that Obama is the great truth teller.

    Lie #1: "Obama is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate"

    Lie #2:"Today, we learned that Obama’s decisions continue to impact Alaskans; while we as taxpayers now own General Motors, Obama closes another dealership – this time in Soldotna as more of Alaskans’ hard-earned money and jobs are lost to big government."

    I got a lot more of them but then why should I do the research for your ignorance? Try picking up a newspaper ... maybe you wouldn't so brainwashed by your Bible thumping leaders.

    July 3, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  14. sunshinegirl

    Hey, maybe someone needs to investigate if Sarah and Mark were having a fling! I wouldn't put it pass either one considering the lies they have both told. And lets not forget about the bet they had, they seemed a bit too chummy!!

    July 3, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. happy-go-liberal

    Palin may have resigned as governor so she could focus her attention on running for the Senate in 2010. Lisa Murkowski, Republican Senator from Alaska is up for re-election at that time. For Palin, this makes more sense than a 2012 run for the Presidency. As a U.S. Senator, Palin could still make a run for the White House in 2016 - true, she would be a Junior Senator, but that didn't stop Obama from running (and winning) in 2008.

    If you're still hoping for a Palin GOP ticket in 2012, read the Vanity Fair exposé on her, out this month. Not a pretty picture...

    July 3, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. Charlie Kraebel

    Wow, so much hate from people who supposedly subscribe to the politics of acceptance, tolerance and inclusion.

    You guys make Michael Savage look like a folk singer.

    July 3, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. J. Schow

    She is going to prove that ANYONE (no matter how inept) can get rich by spouting lies and being just plain stupid. She will no doubt start making the rounds of Repug chicken dinner fundraisers and the religious kooks as well as all the in-breds in the right wing will actually pay to hear her babble on and on about nothing of substance. This will happen unless of course another out of wedlock pregnancy is in the offing for one of her children. Oh, I forgot, this is a self righteous soul that I'm speaking about so that really wouldn't matter.

    July 3, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. Wynter

    Now to read between the lines on the RGA statement...

    "YEAH! Finally we can be rid of this distraction to the GOP! Goodbye... And don't call us anymore."

    July 3, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. Griff

    Next, she will suspend her campaign to fix the economy.

    July 3, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. John Simons

    Sarah "Hillbilly" Palin knows that she would NOT be re-elected in Alaska in 2012 – and that her entitlement dream of leading the GOP the presidential nominee would become impossible. After all, she spends more time trying to get on national TV than doing the "people's work" for the state she represents.

    Or maybe she heard that Katie Couric was planning on interviewing the current Governor of Alaska next month?

    July 3, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. P. Mathew

    Supposed she got elected this past November and the same situation occurs (not being able to work with people, job too tough, etc.)...what would she do then? Just quit?

    It doesn't matter if it's a democrat or a republican...quitting mid-game is not really presidential.

    July 3, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. Perusing-through

    WHAT A HYPOCRITE! In Sarah Palin resignation she indicated that one of the reasons she is resigning is because she is tired of the political attacks. WHOA!!! It was Palin who attacked the media at the 2008 RNC, and she also made famous the lie that candidate Obama "pals around with terrorist".

    July 3, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. J. Alexander

    America and American potilical parties eat their young we all share similar values, we are suppose to all be American, you allow political parties and politians cause desenting in American most of them don't mean what they say,and don't do what they mean, this is my first time on this sight and I can see what this system of tearing down has done to the average person, we are all Americans with different pricnipals and ideas, but isn't that what American I fought in a war so all American can have their beliefs and ideas. Simple because we don't agree doesn't mean we can't get along, we are one America, and have one president who but the way was elected by Americans, who all have different views let us not let parties or politians make us forget that we are all Americans, on this fourth of July where people fought for all of us to have the right to say what we believe, and that we must respect others beliefs.

    July 3, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. Hugo

    Marissa, if you're in the top 10% income in the Chicago area then you must be a government employee. Too bad with all that money you can't get a little more education in subjects like history and economics then maybe your position would be different. I just see the same old lame liberal democrat end game, when you can't attack the politics you attack the person. How about let's clean house of all "career politicans" in DC and start anew in 2010 & 2012, how could we do worse?

    July 3, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. Perusing-through

    Good riddance to the "Wicked Witch of the Northwest".

    July 3, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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