July 13th, 2009
12:06 PM ET
5 years ago

Johnston says Palin lost his vote

(CNN) – The father of Sarah Palin's grandchild is continuing to speculate on why the Alaska governor decided to abruptly resign her post, telling CNN Monday it's likely because she was overly stressed and wanted to cash in on lucrative offers.

"I think it's because she got a few offers and she decided to take the money and she was a little stressed out at the same time," Levi Johnston said.

Also appearing on NBC Monday, the 19-year old added, "There have been a few times when she talked about how it is a very stressful job. I can understand that, and then after the campaign we had tons of offers coming in and all kinds of ridiculous things."

He also said Palin wanted to do a reality show, though her children were against it.

"There was talk about it'd be nice to just take the money and run or do a reality show maybe or something easier," he said. "There was talk about it but us and the kids, we didn't want to do any of that."

Johnston, who himself has said he has received multiple offers for television shows, also said he thinks the Alaska governor markedly changed after her losing bid as the GOP vice presidential candidate.

"She wasn't as outgoing and I just didn't see the spark in her eyes about being the governor anymore," he said. "She became quiet, she would come home and just hang out in a room, you could tell something was wrong."

Declaring "fame got to her head," Johnston also said he would not vote for Palin after her latest actions.

"After what she has done now, quitting on Alaska, I don't really think she, being the governor, should have for Alaska. She means a lot to me, I would do just about anything for her, but I really don't think I would vote for her if she ran for president."

Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton has dismissed Johnston's take, referencing his own show business aspirations. "It is interesting to learn Levi is working on a piece of fiction while honing his acting skills," Stapleton told reporters last week.

Johnston is the former boyfriend of Palin's daughter Bristol and is the father of Bristol's baby.

Meanwhile, Palin told the Washington Times in an interview published Sunday she plans to spend her days out of office traveling the country on behalf of candidates she supports - even if they are Democrats.

"I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation," she said.

Palin has already reportedly signed on to headline an event sponsored by the Republican Women Federated of Simi Valley, California in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library next month. She's also being courted to keynote a major Iowa Republican event next fall.


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soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. Mashamoquet

    Why is this losers opinion newsworthy?

    July 13, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Nan

    "I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation," she said.

    She still thinks she speaks for the majority by spreading her hate. She has shown she is not a pitbull but a small puppy. She can dish it out and not take it. By leaving her job as Alaskas governor she has proven what most of the country knew all along, she is terribly underqualified to run anything. You don't have to be a lameduck with 18 months to go. Some feel so bad for her because of all the attacks. She has brought these on herself by attacking and by claiming to be a moral superior. McCann gave her the vehicle to remain a diva in the spotlight. She will draw large hate filled crowds, make money and feel adored. That is all she ever really wanted.

    July 13, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Dennis

    Hmmm....I bet Palin greatly regrets pushing Levi into the limelight. There's nothing worse than the "inner circle" turning on you....

    July 13, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Roy

    It is obvious that 'Country First' means 'ME' first to Palin. You would thing she would realize the stress and visibility that comes with a political job, and for ALL political people, not just her.

    Also, it is interesting (just like Bush!) that NO ONE can ever get a straight answer from the Palin Camp. All we get is conspiracy theories and denigration of anyone who dares to criticize the Ice Queen. Obviously Palin's spokeswoman Meg Stapleton has been given the green light to defame anyone daring to oppose Palin...even the father of her grandson.

    I am terrified of what Palin calls 'The Right Things'....as she has no concept of critical thought and reasoning.

    July 13, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. bigdoglv

    Is this the only dirt they could stir up about Palin? A 19 yr old jilted ex boyfriend? Give me a break!

    July 13, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Why would anyone care about this kid's opinion? His name to fame is knocking up a vice presidential nominee.

    July 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Ellen in Ohio

    Ugh, who cares what this kid has to say. He's a bitter, immature jerk, in my opinion. The media should just leave it all alone...Palin is a private citizen now.

    July 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Charlie

    He's a punk acting like a child. He's not a man and will never be respected. He's blabbering, for money, about family conversations. What a low life scum. And so is the media or anyone who listens and believes this idiot. He may make a little cash but can he look at himself in the mirror. See ya.

    July 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Mary

    Perhaps Palin stepped down to help her husband 'do what's best for Alaska' - and that is to try and break away from the United States of America and become an independent country. You see, how could she be President or Prime Minister of a new country if she was sworn in to uphold duties under the United States of America as Governor of Alaska?

    It could be - her husband had his hand in trying to break off Alaska. I wonder if then she would need her jet back? You know of course she went to the middle east to 'check on her troops' just prior to her decision to step down.

    Oil rich Alaska could become another IRAN or IRAQ.....

    July 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Romalo21

    Why is anything this young man is saying "newsworthy?" While he may have had some insider's insights the past, he is certainly not privvy any longer to what's going on in the Palin household. Can't we just ignore this kid and let him fade back into the woods?

    July 13, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Joker

    I don't even like Palin, but yet this kid gets on my nerves.

    July 13, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Scott

    Congrats Levi, it looks more like you are the one that wants all the fame. Her decision is her decision and to slam her for it is just unfair. You should be worrying about your grandson and not always being the first to jump into the limelight.

    July 13, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. jt

    This kid needs to get a job

    July 13, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Lars

    OK...THIS Levi story is completely unworthy of CNN, let alone being listed on the front page.

    July 13, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Tony

    Who cares what this person thinks? His sole claim to fame is being stupid enough to make a baby out of wedlock using unsafe sexual practices. He is obviously not very smart, having put his life at risk just so that he can have a few moments of pleasure. This does not qualify him as an expert on anything but immorality and stupidity. Why does CNN continue to glorify this type of behavior by repeating his pathetic attempts at revenge. He is not hurting Sarah Palin, he is helping her by keeping her in the news and making her daughter seem intelligent for dumping him. Fortunately the Palins have money or we would be paying for his baby in addition to listening to his rants – oh wait, that's why CNN values his comments so! Why don't you go around and print the opinions of every father of an illegitimate child that is probably not supporting their offspring.

    July 13, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Ron In California

    Once again the media shows it's bias by giving air time and attention to a 19 year old dimwit with an axe to grind. He is simply trying to extend his 15 minutes of fame and capitalize from his association with the Governer and her family. He said "fame got to her head" ,PLEASE! He is an example of the worst kind of opportunist.

    July 13, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Clinton Cooper

    I love how CNN thinks it is news that an estranged person to the Palin Family who may have negative feelings towards the family would want to smear her name...saying she left because she was stressed (couldn't handle the job) and for money (she is greedy). CNN you are a joke and are about ot be a product of the paradigm shift. You will be destroyed for your lack of journalism, fair stories and accurate facts. You will be destoryed for we are coming for you.

    July 13, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. jim Cal

    Is this the same punk that got a girl pregnant out of wedlock? Like someone would listen to a 19 year old. Go back and live with your parents.

    July 13, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. DLYNN

    Levi doesn't have a clue what is going on.

    His talking to the media shows his interest in getting "his 15 minutes of fame" and trying to capitalize on it. Shameful.

    Levi, quit talking to the media. Your priority should getting a good education so you can provide for your son. Anything else is a distraction and will get you no where.

    July 13, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She realized that being governor of Alaska is slowing her down from going to all these Republican events where she can show her face; press the flesh as it were. If she really wants to move on to higher office, this quiting as governor will be a big reason that she won't get it. The other reasons are that she doesn't really know what she is doing.

    July 13, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Gus The Willie

    These people need to go hunting for a polar bear with a slingshot, and be done with their fifteen minutes of fame.

    July 13, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Joe

    Does anyone really care what this loser thinks. When he pays his child support for 18 years and spends time with his kid - then talk to me. As for Sarah, I wish her well. Just let her get on with her life.

    July 13, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. mother and sister of a soldier

    Why does CNN even give creadance to what this young man says? He is too immature and bitter to offer anything of value.

    July 13, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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