(CNN) - Alaskan Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who will succeed Gov. Sarah Palin after she leaves office later this month, called the governor Alaska's greatest gift to the United States on Saturday.
"I was very surprised at first," he said of Palin's decision to resign, which he said she told him Wednesday.
"But then as she began to explain why she was doing it, I began to see it was Sarah Palin, once again, moving to put Alaska's interest first," Parnell told CNN.
Palin, a Republican and John McCain's vice presidential running mate last year, said Friday she will step down as Alaska's chief executive by the end of the month and would not run for a second gubernatorial term in 2010.
"People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing's more important to me than our beloved Alaska," Palin said at a news conference at her home in Wasilla.
Palin added in a statement that she was "determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is not the easiest path."
"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."
Alaska's senior U.S. senator, Lisa Murkowski, was one of the people unhappy with Palin's decision.
"I am deeply disappointed that the governor has decided to abandon the state and her constituents before her term has concluded," the Republican said via satellite phone from interior Alaska, her office said.
Parnell said he accepted that others might see the governor's resignation in a different light than he does.
"She's accomplished more in these two and a half years than most governors accomplish in one or two terms," he said. "Our governor has been a great governor. She is going to be Alaska's and is Alaska's greatest gift to our country."
The soon-to-be governor said he intended to lead the state, to make sure people have jobs and that the state's finances are stable.
"Those are the things I'm going to be dealing with," he said. He will be sworn in on July 26.
Asked whether he planned on completing the term, he said "yes."
"But I am also conscious that we don't control life, so I may be dead tomorrow, and I'm not going to commit beyond that," he said, smiling.
Parnell said he planned to run for a full gubernatorial term in 2010.
Maybe the title of her book should be "LOSER". Or perhape "QUITTER". They are both appropriate.
Oh shut up Americans, you fools often throw good politicians out because of silly sex scandals and the like, like a nation of immature teenagers jealous of their friend's boyfriend. Palin say ADIOS not to become president but because she got a good dose of what her country is really all about and decided its not interested in anything but hoping people fall. I didn't like Palin at all, and I'm glad she's gone, but I think this is the smartest thing she's done.... telling you, me, and the media GOOBYE enjoy yours miserable self-immolating selves while you tear apart the next sucker dumb enough to get involved in American politics... and in the process continue to tear apart your country. Jokes on you USA.
"...she appears spiteful, divisive and vindictive." (corrected for spelling)
Well, that kind of sounds like the Republican party as a whole. All you have to do is listen to Cheney, Newt, or Rush.
I saw that Parnell said that Palin was Alaska's greatest gift to America. I rather though it was oil, followed by salmon, crab, polar bear documentaries, and stupid reality shows on the Discovery channel. Perhaps he meant her decision to resign?
The marxists don't understand Palin, however she is going to try to save America from the kooks ! Thank God for her loving the USA.
Did not mean to belittle janitors, they do an important and essential job!!!!!
She's getting all "MAVERICKY" .... watch out
Palin did the honorable thing. Instead of lying to the people of Alaska and saying "I will not run for another office while I am still Governor" , she stepped down so she can devote her time to running for President, if she so chooses. That is the honorable thing. Hillary can take lessons from this woman. Hillary lied to the people of NY and then ran for President while still on the dole from NY. Palin will not be using the Governor's salary, unlike Hillary.
Sarah Palin is leaving Alaska, the oil rich state, with a 1.6 billion dollar deficit this year and 3 billion dollar deficit next year. Now she is quitting, just months before her term is up removing herself from any further scrutiny. If she can't complete a simpler job such as Governor to it's logical conclusion how on earth is she going to be able to be President of the United States.
For now she is going the way of Dick Cheney who only screams and yells until they get a book deal.
Obama is trying to destroy America and Palin knows that – Romney might as well – and I"m sure Hilary Clinton is aware now (she was selected as Obama was scared of her in 2012), Clinton will be gone by end of 2010 as she will be fed up.
We've seen the marixist/fascist moves, and now USA better wake up too.
PALIN /Romney in 2012 will save America from the nuts who want to take control. Cap and Trade for example one will have the Green Police forcing their way in your home to make you install tighter windows, etc. That's disgusting...start researching folks !
Palin's rambling, incoherent announcement epitomizes everything about her. She makes no sense when she speaks but the "motives" she talked about reek to high heaven. Something else is going on. Could it be there is something in the wings that might expose her for the scary, lying person she is? We can only hope.
Palin couldn't stand the heat, so she's chosen to leave the kitchen. COWARD
Thank you Sarah Palin...........you have done quite enough. Please retire to somewhere that you can no longer inflict your plans of "exclusion" on the rest of our USA. God bless the "quitter".
My observation is that: to be in the Republican party, you either have to be rich(through inheritance, business, etc.), racist, or easily fooled....The first two are constantly misleading the third group with false and, sometimes, dangerous information. Look how many years they scared the third group with the Terrorists(by definition, that actually makes them "terrorists") in order to maintain power.
Obvious Palin is setting up for 2012...she's worried about Americans and the path the loons have us on. And, I"m a Democrat and can see what is happening.
Well, a cold climate DOES dull the senses!!!
The GIft = is the simple fact that shes leaving!!!
Good ridance... pack her in a PTA van... and wave ~~~~
The liberal media wins...
Which completely ignores Ernie Gruening, one of two US Senators who saw Vietnam as a national disaster.
We could go on from there – incredible scenery, some of the world's most open and friendly people, a plethora of natural resources...
Palin represents much of what is wrong with Alaska – a terrible us against them attitude of which the AIP is only the most extreme manifestation, a willingness to use finite resources as though they are infinite...
Palin will go to work as a female Limbaugh hoping that will make her a millionaire. sadly there are enough dittoheads to do that for her.
Sarah, the eternal victim
Less than one and done.
Quitter? You betcha
If only Saturday Night Live was this funny! They'd be having their best season in 20 years!
Wow Sean Parnell should be kicked out of office just for saying that.
Music to my ears! And the beat goes on.........!!!
Tina Fey should finish out Palin's term as Governor of Alaska.
Tina certainly has a legacy of making far better career & family choices.
She is not going to run for President, he has had it. She cannot handle to heat that comes with holding a high profile public office. I believe she is having a total nervous breakdown, and if tht is the case then she should resign as Gov. But this just proves that she was never anywhere near competient enough to be VP. What was John McCain thinking???? Thank goodness the American people have more brains that Palin or McCain and they elected the right person for the job of President. Go "write" your book Sarah, if you can actually even write, but you might want to start with reading first, and perhaps listening too.
To Scott in Tucson –
No such luck buddy. As I recall, the only President to step down was Richard Nixon – a Republican.
While it is certain that there is more to SP's resignation than "passing the ball" I am equally certain that the American public as a whole will never know the whole story. This particular American doesn't care too much, either – she is free to cut and run any time things get difficult if she wishes.