July 26th, 2009
08:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin steps down as Alaska governor


FAIRBANKS, Alaska (CNN) - Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave her final speech as Alaska's governor Sunday before stepping down from her post, telling a Fairbanks crowd that she is resigning "to chart a new course to advance the state."

"Now people who know me, they know how much I love this state ... I feel it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical, politics-as-usual, lame-duck session in one's last year in office," Palin said, just moments before Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell was sworn in as governor.

"With this decision, now I will be able to fight even harder for you, for what is right and for the truth," Palin continued. "And I have never felt you need a title to do that."

Palin announced in early July that she would step down this month. She has attributed the decision to tremendous pressure, time and the financial burden of a litany of ethics complaints in the past several months.

The complaints were without merit and took away from the job she wanted to do for Alaskans, Palin has said.

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  1. The power be with you

    "Now people who know me, they know how much I love this state of stupidity and ignorance." (Sarah Palin)

    July 26, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  2. Alicia

    Dictionary definition of RESIGN: To Quit; To Give Up.

    Typical Republican.....leave a mess for someone else to clean up.

    July 26, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  3. TM in CO

    For someone that wants so desperately to be a leader, she sure isn't showing it by bailing out on the great state of Alaska. I would be afraid to vote for this women. When the going gets tough, she would pick up her toys and go home

    July 26, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  4. aware

    Sarah Palin is the anti-Obama! She is an authentic, straight talking woman of integrity and inate wisdom. Sarah walks the talk! :)

    And this Independent will cheer for her all the way to the White House!

    July 26, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. karkri

    good riddance!

    July 26, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    Liar, fraud, hypocrite. "One's last year in office"??? She had 17 months left!!! And since she hates the media so much, how about the media stop reporting on this lunatic?

    July 26, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  7. aware

    Sarah Palin is the anti-Obama! She is an authentic, straight talking woman of integrity and innate wisdom. Sarah walks the talk! :)

    And this Independent will cheer for her all the way to the White House!

    July 26, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    And another thing, the majority of these ethics complaints were filed by REPUBLICANS!

    July 26, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. Rasta Mon

    Palin has got to make some money while she is hot. No one else in the family appears to be working,and she has a large family to support.
    Will her book be titled Moose run, See moose run.,run moose run.

    July 26, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Karen

    Palin is NOT another Huckabee! Palin deserves to go away ASAP!

    July 26, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  11. Alan in Marietta, GA

    So long, Sarah! Thanks for the laughs!!!

    July 26, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. joel palmer

    Run Sarah Run,

    I can't think of a single candidate for the gop more likely to lose 48 or so states to Barack Obama in 2012

    July 26, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  13. Can you stand the TRUTH?

    How petty can the critics of a good and fine woman be. She has done nothing to African Americans or the Democrats but they blashpeme her. I was (NOTE I SAID WAS A DEMEOCRAT BUT NEVER AGAIN) even though I am a Hillary supporter I will never Democrat again. By putting an unqualified man such as OBAMA in office shows I have been following the wrong party. I am a 28 Year Retiree of the US Army. To even think of cuttting our security by 25% would take a moron. Race has nothing to do here. If this man meets these qualifications then he is a stupid moron. We in the military knew what a nemis Iraq was to the security of the U.S. States just like Iran, Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Libiya, Pakistan, and Palestine not to say Korea. It is time to wake up American I am not talking party here but the Democrats can not handle the diplema the world is in now. We need a new government for the people.

    July 26, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  14. Rubyredman - Canadian ex-pa living in USA

    Let the Right be honest – would they support her if she was fat, ugly and brown?

    They like her because she brags about being a "real American" – which to the fringe is code for white. Kinda funny since her husband is a member of a secessionist party- but they are white – so all is forgiven – stupidity, pre-marital sex resulting in bastard kids, lack of intelligence or any intellectual curiosity.

    Nope – what's important is her conservative values (i.e. premarital sex, letting the baby father live with her daughter, etc..), and Traditional views – it's all code for we like the dumb, pretty white girl better than that Harvard educated uppity n-word POTUS

    July 26, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. Steve in Kentucky

    Regardless of the fairy tales some Republicans believe about Palin, the fact that she resigned before even completing a single term of governor of a lightly populated state pretty much disqualifies her from state or national office in the future.

    She is a prime example of the Peter Principle in action.

    July 26, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. makesUwonder

    Thumbs up to you Gov. Palin and the best of luck to you. You see what this administration is doing to this county. Please step up to the plate and do what needs to be done. Clean up the House and get some good honest people in there that love this country as much as you, I, and millions of other Americans do. Clean up the place!!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  17. FOR PALIN IN SC

    You go, Sarah!!. I trusted you in 2008 as a vp prisendal candidate and I trust you now. The public does not have to know all the motives for what you do so you just go right ahead and make your plans. I am behind you 100%. You are a smart gogetter and that is what we need. You have our countries best interest at heart and you do a great job in all you do.
    Thanks from Lancaster,
    SC. !!

    July 26, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. Palin Power

    We will begin to see the rise of Sarah Palin as America's next president and the greatest President of ALL TIMES! Palin is the TRUE MESSIAH and SAVIOR of this country and the whole world. She is the REAL bringer of Change and Reform that this country truly needs. We need Sarah Palin as President for she will put all male presidents to shame. Palin will begin the long and unbroken line of conservative white women presidents. Men, minorities and liberals will never be president or vice-president after Palin. Only conservative white women.

    July 26, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  19. nea-nea

    I for one have no complaint against her except she likes to criticize other people but she cannot take criticism herself.

    July 26, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. maxine

    Sarah has just left the building!! good riddance.

    July 26, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. jack

    is there a tall mountain in alaska she can step off of

    July 26, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  22. Matt

    dear lord. she seems like she's talking into the mirror or to a grade 3 class. there is no coherence to her speech.

    July 26, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  23. Ashamed and embarrassed to be a Republican.

    God would want us to be hated around the world AGAIN, and possibly face world war 3, if we ever have an idiot like Palin in office. She is an embarrassment in how she represents America; someone who doesn't know basic geography, and thinks we don't have environmental problems, and believes only Christians know the way to God. This shows how ignorant she is and disrespectful of the rest of the world. I was a Republican till Palin made me so ashamed to admit. it. I would be embarrassed to an Alaskan too. May God have mercy on us all!

    July 26, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  24. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Sarah..................SARAH!

    Bah-Bye!

    July 26, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  25. Son of G-dubb

    If you can't take the heat--– do what Sarah does - quit.

    July 26, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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