October 3rd, 2009
02:51 PM ET
5 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. Chick

    Yes, because if your spouses brought in a ton of money from book deals and speaking engagements, and if you could spend more time with them because of it, you'd all keep working at your crappy jobs...I'm so sure. Look, I'm no fan of the Palins, but do you need to throw in your obnoxious two cents on EVERY move they make? Seriously, grow up.

    October 3, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. DB

    My personal opinion is that Sarah Palin was the worse choice possible for Vice President....too many other intelligent, articulate women are in the GOP for that to have happened. Women who would not find 'what newspapers do you read' to be a trick question.

    However, that Todd Palin resigns from his job is his and his family's business. We must know where to draw the line.

    October 3, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. toad

    Thanks to the left and all the people trying to destroy her just made them rich! They don't have to work. He still works as a commercial fisherman and she is now a famous author!!

    October 3, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. kimberly

    they are both money hungry, uneducated quiters. They have NO interest in helping Alaska, she did nothing for us as governor, and nothing for us as a book writer. She and her husband need to disappear, and leave us alone. She has no chance at being president nor do I think she will run, she just keeps stockin the fire to get more eneducated morons to buy her book. Its sad to think that 1 million people think this woman is smart, granted its only 1 million and a drop in the bucket of the 300 plus million in the US, but still sad so many people wanted a woman who took five years and five shcools to get a journalism degree, and a husband that belongs to a party that thinks Alaska should not be part of the US...sad sad sad, all the anti AMerican jerks

    October 3, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Emma

    This move by Mr. Palin is one or two days after it becomes known that Mrs. Palin's book will be a best seller. He may be preparing to become the First Man and live in the White House.

    October 3, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. kay

    It's the Palin way of life! You lie, cheat, lead on the sheep til you get what you want, then just quit and write a book about it, to confirm the lies, cheating and leading on of the nation. Can't wait til the book comes out so all those who really know her can call her out on her lies. I believe Mrs. Palin just sealed her own demise. And she will only have her self to blame.

    October 3, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. down in the middle

    These two have gotten very boring with their antics.

    October 3, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Steve

    Why should he work his wife just received millions for her book. Together they can be twice as useless to the American people.

    October 3, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. TK

    Umm, who cares?
    Bunch of Americans are losing their jobs and this one guy makes news because he *quit* his. Wow.

    October 3, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Erik

    Guess the freak-show is starting to really pay off..

    October 3, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. D. D.

    Money! Money! Mon-ney!
    Sing the verse again.

    Congrats to them.

    October 3, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. wbn

    Good for him! This will give them more time as a family, since she will be traveling much more. Promoting her book (and thus her unfiltered views) and raising millions of dollars for conservative causes will keep her busy for a while. The liberal media should not criticize the Palins for getting richer–the media's vicious onlsaught of Sarah Palin ever since she walked out on that convetion stage has thrust the whole family into the limelight almost daily. If the left did not fear her so much, she would not be as known and in such demand by conservatives.

    October 3, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Two quitters heading the "family values" wasilla trash family.

    Good example for their kids – NOT

    October 3, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. CJM

    I must set aside my distate for Sarah Palin's absurd political philosophy for a moment to defend Todd Palin...For better or worse, she has become so high profile and controversial, particularly in Alaska, that it would be difficult, if not impossible, for her spouse to pursue any sort of "normal" career or job in a corporation.

    October 3, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    Considering the number of conservative wing-nuts that will be shelling over cash to buy his wife's "autobiography", he should quit and laugh all the way to the bank. Neo-cons are such suckers.

    October 3, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. LouAz

    Good Todd. This makes a job available for someone else.
    Now, if all the Flat Eart Repubs would quit, the Reagan trickle down unemployed might find decent jobs here in the USA. Alaska is sill part of the USA isn't it ?

    October 3, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Peace

    He quitted long time ago when his wife was campaigning. They were following each other like ants and no time to work!

    October 3, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. greg

    It doesn't say much for the family work ethic, but it does say plenty for getting rich off media hype and cashing in (and out) ASAP.

    October 3, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. PA conservative

    It's worth repeating... why is this news? Oh, that's right, because he's married to a target of the liberals.

    October 3, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Mike Boileau

    Is it any wonder America is a third world nation? You Yanks are the stupidest people on Earth. Leave the Palins alone. If she is rich doesn't it make sense to allow others a job if you don't need yours anymore?
    Idiots you all.

    October 3, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Erin in Cali

    And people care about this why??? Can you please stop giving this family any press???? Who cares about this lame family, they had there 15min and embarrassed themselves enough. They are a classic example of ignorant hate mongars that is the current theme of the far right.

    October 3, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Priscilla

    Well, perhaps NOW the Palins can begin actually taking care of their family rather than having an entirely absent mother and dad working some and snowmobiling most of the time and leaving their children to fend for themselves!

    October 3, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. You Betcha !!!

    Why No tSarah wears the Pants and Sarah has the Money!!!

    October 3, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. teflon warrior

    I think if all this whining on Palin articles by the left should be harvested, we could be energy free for the next hundred years! GO PALIN!

    October 3, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. Peter

    He sure aint a Jed Clampett but he aint gonna work at them oil fields no more, now that the 'Missus' is gonna bring home a heap of money with that 'scribbles and paint by number' book of hers coming out. Yep, life is goooooooooooooooooood in them Alaaaska Hills. You Betcha!

    October 3, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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