July 3rd, 2009
04:51 PM ET
5 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. Ness

    Oh there has to be a reason. No one is THAT dumb. Well, it is Sarah Palin, I know, but she quits and there is no 2012. No one wants a quitter for prezzie...

    I bet in a few days a scandal will be breaking news...

    July 3, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Mike

    Glad she is gone.

    July 3, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. J Hawk

    If the GOP nominates this woman for 2012 they are choosing to loose. She does not have the education, the experience or the disearnment to adequately fill the office of govenor let alone president. The only fear of this woman is that she would actually get the GOP nomination thereby giving the election away. I sat on a airplane recently next to a Canadian and he mentioned how much they loved her in the last election...then it became clear he meant for the comic value, what a joke she was. Honestly I am more qualified than she and I am qualified enough to know I am not qualified. What ever reasoned, intellegent part of the GOP that remains with the party needs to get this woman out of sight. Real revenge of the Dem. party would be to get wonder woman Sarah to register as a DEM and tell the world she is a blue shirt. They would be running for cover.

    July 3, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. David

    I think she was finally told that she would not receive backing from the GOP if she wanted to run for office in 2012. Due to the fact that she won't be able to maintain her office as governor in the state of Alaska. The GOP does not like her, and the only support she has is the right wing extremist groups, who have begun to define the republican party.

    She is the GOP Pink Elephant in the room.

    July 3, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Mark

    My question is if she had a National position, like VP or President, would she quit in the middle of her term. She is making a really bad decision, can she be trusted, does she have the mental state to govern? This woman has killed her political career with this decision. She is lacking in a good education, and certainly not leaving Alaska in the best of shape. SHE HAD LOST HER WAY.

    July 3, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. gl, Pittsburgh

    This is not about Obama you stupid haters. It is about your drama queen Palin. You Republicans love to turn everything into a Obama story. With Obama no DRAMA!

    July 3, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Jim D Wilkes-Barre,Pa.

    It's just as well she quit, I belong to our local Moose Club and we would never elect her president of even that. Get it?

    July 3, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. Lon Mosley

    I think Sarah Palin has gotten a taste of what big time politics is all about and I don't think she can handle it. The absolute best thing Sarah could do is to resign from public life and devote her time to raising her family. Its the only thing she is qualified for.

    College Station, TX

    July 3, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. The Center

    Are republicans serious? Sarah Palin is the best they have to offer? If I were a democart, I would pray for a Palin candidacy in 2012.

    July 3, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. jaye

    So, is she one of Mark Sinfords "other women that he crossed the line with?" I say, yes.

    July 3, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. Roger in CA

    This is a remarkably milk-toast response to big news from someone who is supposed to be the future of the party. Interesting.

    July 3, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. supporter

    There MUST BE more to the story than is being said. All the reasons Ms Palin gave for her choice did not make any real logic. The only thing she said that could haaved a thread of truth was the cost ofdefending against the charges against her.

    Let us hope that the charges are not allowed to fade away.

    Then there there is the chance she is going to go back to school and learn whatr a VPs job is.

    July 3, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. Reality Counts

    She made Sen Kerry's wish come true. Thank you Sarah. She's gone and we're satisfied.

    July 3, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Ray from Nashville

    @ NoTelePromTer

    I'm not scared of Palin's honesty, it's her stupidity that scares me. As far as no Democrat being attacked the way she's been attacked, look at what's being said about our president by the likes of Fox News and Rush and the like. Of course, if you discount them as real media, then you're probably right.

    As for her resignation, it's bizarre. Maybe she's prepping for a run at the White House in 2012, but quitting your first major office in the middle of your term is a mighty odd way to start.

    July 3, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Jeannie

    Please, please, please god. . . let Tina Fey come out of summer recess to do a riff on Palin's "selfless" act of quitting. Although it will be tough to outdo the actual Palin press conference, for pure inanity, Fey could surely make it inspired hilariousness.

    July 3, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. TRUTH

    what did the DEMS find out about the hag, GO DEMS

    July 3, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Joe Terrogano

    @NoTelePrompTer

    The primary defense mechanism for paranoia is projection of one's own conflicts, fears, and rage. You seem to be doing just that and misperceiving reality if you think Democrats are afraid of Palin, you are mistaken. I would love to see her run for President, really. I think it is you that fear President Obama because you do not understand his election. You see tele, we just got tired of the distortions and fear-mongering of the Bush Administration. And yes, I fear Cheney because the freedoms he says that he wants to preserve were eroded in the name of national security.

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

    What a completely self-serving opportunist ... abandoning her State responsibilities. If she is that cavalier about her responsibility, thank God she flamed out in November.

    Now, if she had said she was retiring from politics, that would give people something big to celebrate over the July 4th week-end. Hell, I'd even spring for some free fireworks for the State of California.

    Ms. Palin, the citizens of the great State of Alaska thank from the bottom of their hearts for this announcement. It's good to see that at least someone will be pleased.

    July 3, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Joe the plummer has more of a chance to be president that Palin the quitter.

    July 3, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Alan

    To everyone sooooo upset at all the name-calling Sarah Palin seems to attract...can you please tell us ONE name Obama called her during the election?

    Now - watch the blog heat up: can anyone tell us the names Palin called Obama?

    July 3, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. Texan

    Hopefully Huckabee will the next Republican to quit Politics because sorta reminds you of Charles Logan in 24.

    July 3, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. William Geers

    Sarah please remember something that those that have so much time on their hands that they can go around trying to belittle others are only ignorant and only belittle themselves,so don't pay any attention to them. your better than they are....

    July 3, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. supporter

    First: NO ONE fears Palin! It is sad that a small vocal group of paid Republican stooges (they must be paid because I do not think anyone would say the silly things they post for free). They only jam up the blog with all their cheerleading for Palin.

    The point is the timing of this decission to STEP DOWN is strange to say the least.

    It is rude for people to slander others with silly name calling. Enough of it goes on from both sides and serves no perpose.

    We need to do some digging to find out the REAL REASON for her to step down if she really loved the job as much as she said in the interview.

    July 3, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  24. Jason

    I agree palin should go away , now only if obama would only follow her lead !!!!

    July 3, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. Steven

    Good riddance Miss Wasilla! You can now be added to the worst “former” governors list.

    July 3, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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