July 6th, 2009
11:59 AM ET
13 years ago

Palin ally: 'Life is not happy for her' right now

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/15/art.palinwave0615.gi.jpg caption="A person close to Sarah Palin told CNN Monday that the Alaska governor's life 'is very difficult.'"](CNN) - A person close to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with knowledge of her thinking told CNN Monday that her decision to end her term early "is not part of a grand strategy" to run for president, and that he does not believe she will mount a White House bid - but conceded that, as far as he knows, she has not ruled out the prospect.

Her decision to step down sprang from personal considerations, he said. The combination of family duties and commuting posed a major challenge. "Her life is very difficult," he said. "She cannot spend time with her family."

Another strike against Palin continuing her government service: her mounting legal bills. "Life is not happy for her" right now, he said. Once she decided not to run for re-election, he believes it made perfect sense to step down as soon as possible. The move frees her to raise money for candidates, push causes she cares about, and have the freedom to travel as she pleases.

He's not aware of any single event that served as the immediate catalyst for Palin's decision, but adds that she was underpressure to make a decision whether or not she would seek another term as governor, so others in the state GOP could prepare for the race.

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  1. Pricilla

    Palin's remarks about wishing that there were more children in the world like her son Trig, I am the mother of a handicapped child whom I loved with all my heart "He's has passed" but to wish all of the struggles on another child NO. I feel that she uses this child as a prop when its convient .Just like the attact on Letterman,She appeared on SNL and they
    had said much worse about her family "Todd being involved in incest w/his daughters" she complains about being mistreated when its convient
    or suits her purpose. Everytime she opens her mouth something stupid comes out Sarah PLEASE STAY HOME . I would love to see a Woman in the White House but I want someone who can do the Job and not quit
    when it gets tough. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!! Pricilla

    July 6, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Typical Republican

    Stu July 6th, 2009 2:24 pm ET

    Enough hateful comments please. Palin is the only national level political candidate who is truly middle class. The rest, on both sides of the aisle, are millionaires out of touch with reality.
    Yea! Who cares if she's stupid and a quitter. As long as she's 'not a millionair' it's all ok. Let's elect stupid people (some of US republicans fit the bill!), as long as they aren't millionaires!

    July 6, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Janell

    Stu July 6th, 2009 2:24 pm ET

    "Palin is the only national level political candidate who is truly middle class. The rest, on both sides of the aisle, are millionaires out of touch with reality."

    Huh? What about Joe Biden? I make more than that guy makes. And I'm no millionaire!

    July 6, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Brent

    Palin was one of the other women Mark Sanford fooled around with. Several in attendance saw them leave together at the last Governor's conference.

    July 6, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. sal

    CNN devotes disproportionate coverage to death of a celebrity they once hounded because –at least one suggested on Sun. morning– they feel a little guilty about what they did to MJ. At that earlier time, both public and comedians ridiculed MJ as well. American media and unfortunately the public at large have the maturity/mentality of high school freshmen: Let's grovel before who is "cool" at the moment and harass whoever the cool kids don't like. Those shout the loudest who most need approval from the reigning prom king/queen/jock.. Sarah Palin is just the latest to be targeted LIke many who don't fit into high school cliques, she'll go on to a happy life.

    July 6, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Ocampo

    Let me give you COMMENTORS free advice, if you want to release a BOOK or an album and you want to make kill on it. CAUSE a scene and that is exactly what Palin has done.

    July 6, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Rosa

    The Ducks made more sense than she did during her resignation speach, it you can call it that.

    July 6, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Keith in CA

    "Her life is very difficult, she cannot spend time with her family." Really? Was Palin held hostage all those times she appeared at GOP fundraisers, rallies, interviews and photo ops? Wasn't her family with her at many of those media events? Isn't the primary responsibility for a governor to serve as the state's chief executive, not travel the country pushing his or her national agenda? Are we seriously expected to feel any sympathy for her?

    July 6, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. American

    How can anyone possibly goevrn in such a hate-filled political environment? America is dying and good people are being run out of giovernment and the slobs and rats are in!

    July 6, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Mike

    She needs to put on her cowboy hat and ride off into the sunset.

    July 6, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Gary, Los Angeles

    We'll hear about the legal troubles soon enough.

    July 6, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Felonious Monk

    "commuting posed a major challenge"

    Am I reading this right? Commuting? What a silly thing!

    July 6, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Robert Pearson

    I am glad in a way that Sarah Palin wanted to leave public service to spend more time with her family and follow her personal agenda. I think family is most important. However, with our leaders, we need them to sacrifice their family and their own agenda somewhat for our overall benefit. The leader's spouse and others need to understand that. Although Obama could make a great involved father, he can't be there as much as his girls would want. That is a sacrifice that he has made and we should thank him for it. Likewise, I just had surgery - and I am happy that my surgeon sacrificed his family to work 100 hours a week to train to be the best surgeon possible. I wouldn't have wanted him to leave training early each day to go home and play with his kids.

    Sarah Palin wants all the attention and fame, but may not be able to handle the stress and the time and the responsibility, and be able to smoothly handle critics, to really be a national leader. Not everyone can. That is why people need to be tested on a smaller scale before handing them the ultimate job. McCain, Hillary, and to a lesser degree Obama have been tested. Palin has failed. Who in history have left their jobs early to concentrate on a national campaign 3 1/2 YEARS before the election? That is crazy.

    She just wants to follow her own personal agenda of preaching to the choir which she can do and be successful at on Fox News or speaking engagements, but certainly she has failed as a public servant, sacrificing for the greater good. She will never get elected again.

    The only thing I see here is that she wants to become Alaska's senator in 1 1/2 years then run for presidency immediately after, and figures she can secure her and her family's finances over the next year. She can make millions. The Alaska governor's position is indeed getting in the way. Except that everyone will see through her ignoring local Alaska's needs for her own. That is quite selfish. This will fail, but in the end she will have millions. Who knows, she might not have had any other choice. She is not ready to give up a national agenda, but it was not working as her still governor - bills were mounting and her approval slipping. So here we are.

    July 6, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. T the B

    Now she's gone from governor to just a babe.

    July 6, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. sarahinfla

    Maybe her chickens have come home to roost, as with the rest of the republican party.

    July 6, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    What? Can't take the heat?

    She was all over Obama because he was too busy on the campaign trail....

    At least he didn't drop out...

    July 6, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Eleanor

    AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! Really?? *sniff* Stop...you're making me cry.

    GO HOME TO WASILLA, SARAH! Stay there! Take care of your baby, and get out of a game for which you are both emotionally and mentally unsuited. Alaska is well-rid of you as "Govenernor".

    July 6, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Charlize

    I WISH SHE WERE DEAD. SEEMS THE ONLY WAY THE MEDIA WILL FINALLY STOP MENTIONING THIS BRAIN-DEAD AND VERY, VERY DANGEROUS PERSON, WHO IS AN EMBARRASSMENT AND A DISGRACE FOR AMERICANS WITH A BRAIN. I don't know who she slept with to get to be a governor and to force McCain to "choose" her as his running mate, but I wish those people to rot in hell forever, as well as the brainless deer killer herself.

    July 6, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Once You Vote Black

    Think about it: Sarah's argument is that the media sunk her reputation. But she came out swinging in MN. She was out to clobber Obama's reputation and all. She was not a respectful adversary, and she even attacked the media. Plus, she was the one who gave those dreadful interviews, she would not take her teams advice, and and she made judgments as to who real Americans were, and were not. She did so without regard of what peoples response would be, and she did not like the results. Now she quit her job, but she can still make tons of $ which is not a bad spot to be in. SHE NEEDS TO STOP CRYING ABOUT HER COVERAGE. Nobody is assured fair press. The press is an element with its own properties. There is no controlling it. Once false move and Obama will have to court them too.

    July 6, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. maggie

    Maybe Ms. Palin should have consider hte "inconveniences" of running a state when she ran for governor. Doesn't like the "commute"? What, did she think Alaska would move its capitol to Wasilla for her conveniences?
    And she doesn't like the media?
    I have a great idea.
    Media, ignore her. No more coverage. No more mics. No more cameras.
    Let's see how long she can stand that.

    July 6, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Susan

    She is the poster child for Harry Truman's statement of "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the Kitchen!"

    July 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Penguinn

    Stu @ July 6th, 2009 2:24 pm ET "Palin is the only national level political candidate who is truly middle class. The rest, on both sides of the aisle, are millionaires out of touch with reality." I think if you look at the assets the Palin family holds, you will find that she is a millionaire, on paper, at least. As for her "touch with reality," we can only judge by her actions. BTW, there are several members of congress who are not millionaires. Dennis Kucinich comes instantly to mind.

    July 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. LacrosseMom

    Just read in the Huffington Post that a pundit on Faux News called Palin "inarticulate and undereducated"! Hell must have frozen over!

    Someone on Faux News actually telling the truth! Wow!


    July 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. frank

    Palling around with quitters, are we?

    July 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Heather

    She doesn't want to run for office, she's content to be a consistent advocate for curtailing all the rights stemming from the First Amendment.

    July 6, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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