October 3rd, 2009
02:51 PM ET
9 years ago

Alaska's 'First Dude' resigns

Todd Palin quit his job in the oil fields.

Todd Palin quit his job in the oil fields.

WASHINGTON (CNN)– The 'First Dude' of Alaska will no longer be working in the oil fields.

The Alaska Dispatch reports Todd Palin has quit his job with BP’s North Slope operation. The newspaper quotes BP Company spokesman Steve Rinehart as saying Palin submitted his resignation last month and officially resigned September 18.

As a production operator, Todd Palin was responsible for management of the oil gathering centers, where oil is gathered from multiple wells.

BP PLC is one of the largest energy companies in the world.

Todd Palin, the "First Dude" to former Governor Sarah Palin, shot to national fame along with his wife when she was named Republican vice presidential nominee. He also professionally races snowmobiles (known in Alaska as “snowmachines) and is a commercial fisherman.

News of his resignation comes about two months after Sarah Palin's resignation from office on July 26.

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  1. James in STL

    CNN I'm curious. I read the ticker daily, but I don't remember reading about the jobs of other former political candidates spouses. Perhaps I've just missed it. I know with your excellence in journalism you wouldn't just be "sarah palin bashing."

    Why don't you cover real news? John Edwards love child? What's Elizabeth up to these days? Writing books?

    How about investigating ACORN?

    Oh that's ok...Give us real news like Todd Palin quitting his job with BP. No need to cover the nearly 10% unemployment despite the "economic recovery" we are in thanks to your boy.

    October 3, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. KEN

    Uh...ok Lets see...Mom quits, dad quits, daughter gets knocked up, is unmarried and quits school (then gets GED)....Wow, and this family aspires to be America's first family??? LOL LOL LOL

    October 3, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Idiot_Boehner

    I am beginning tom worry about the anti-American right wing. They seem to become more and more against the U. S. each day. When a conservative senator from South Carolina wants to meet with the leaders of a military coup in Honduras and encourage them to ignore our demands to return the elected leader to power, and this is supported by the Senator from Kentucky, we have an example of treason against our country.

    October 3, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Va 4 Obama

    Not surprising. Todd and Sarah will both be milking their 15 minutes of fame indefinately. It seems there are millions of crazy Americans who are willing to buy her "book". And I use the term "book" very loosely!!

    October 3, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Alex

    Couldn't it be that they have other plans? Let's not all rush to judgement.

    October 3, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Bob

    Oh my gosh people. Get a grip. CNN runs another Palin story and the hatred starts to spew. First, this is not news. Secondly, who cares. And third, those posting here so full of hatred towards this family, get help. It is not healthy.

    CNN, you are better than this. Keeping Palin in the news shows your bias.

    October 3, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Jealous, jealous!

    OK, now all you jealous little pygmies - go collect your welfare checks, turn on that flat screen, sip that $5 Starbucks Latte, buy $20 worth of lottery tickets, and blog 'til the sun sets. What a sad lot! And you want ME to pay for your healthcare? In your dreams!!!

    October 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. chuck

    All you CNN cronies are morons. Just because he quit doesn’t mean he’s not going to work again. You all assume he will just fish and do nothing the rest of his life. The fact is it’s nobody’s business why he quit or what he will do. You are all so very, very weak minded. After all, maybe we should hope our fearless leaders in government would do us all a favor and quit as well. We all know that not only are they along for a free ride from the tax payers, but they keep on taking at will. Wake up people!

    October 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. CJ

    Just a couple of quitters! He can live off the advances from his wife's book now...

    October 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. ray

    these two red necks are milking the system because the rest of the red necks on the right will let them do anything just to get in power.

    October 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Sarah

    No problem .. this is just in keeping with the family tradition.

    October 3, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Just Me

    It is amazing that NOBODY questions WHO is going to be paying the bills for this family from now on, since she is no longer governor and he doesn't have a job anymore... maybe her book deal? hmmm..interesting

    October 3, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Obeah

    Todd is going to manage Sarah's money. Hey! isn't that pimping?

    October 3, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. kat

    Hopefully, he's freeing up some time for campaigning so Sarah Palin can run for the Presidency in 2012. With their brand of redneck idiocy, these people are to the Democratic party a gift that just keeps on giving.

    October 3, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. mo nada

    wow if these people represent old time american values to you radical right droolers you have truly missed america

    October 3, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Vern

    Yep, I think it is a good plan to quit his job. Between Children at home going to school, Trig and the GrandchildHe could open up a State sponsored Daycare. Alaska could use a couple of good ones. With Sarah making the money it could be free to North slope workers. Pay attention here Todd

    October 3, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. kansas

    This will give the morons an excuse to bash the Palins.

    October 3, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Stormer

    So Failin' Palin, the Quitter Queen now has a worthy Quittin' King.

    Not at all surprising. She failed McCain, She failed Alaska, She failed her family. And some vocal people still think she's the best option for leading America?

    Epic Fail!

    October 3, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. mytabloids

    Quitting must be part of their "family values."

    October 3, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. sj

    Al – you care or you wouldn't have read the article and you sure wouldn't have bothered to post!

    October 3, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Maxine in Houston

    I have no gripes with the guy. Kind of feel sorry for the guy being with her; if he has an IQ greater than that of a turnip, he has to be suffering. Most of my gay friends think he has potential. There. I said something positive about a redneck Republican. I'm so open-minded i scare myself.

    October 3, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Elliot Werner

    His wife is going to make millions from her book. Why should he work?

    October 3, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Oregon opinion

    More news to follow on all this. Just the tip of the iceburg. A real stable family.

    October 3, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Mike in Texas

    I didn't care what Todd Palin did before his wife was the Republican VP nominee, nor do I care anymore. I would only care if he were the first "dude" and was doing something unethical or illegal because of who he was. This is a non story. What next...Todd leaves the seat up when he goes? Please.

    October 3, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Bob in Pa

    Wonder if Sarah has room to adopt me into her family ....

    October 3, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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