July 7th, 2009
04:59 AM ET
11 years ago

No 'bombshell' drove Palin resignation, lawyer says

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - No legal "bombshell" or personal scandal lies behind Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation, but off-color jokes by talk-show host David Letterman contributed to her decision to step down, Palin's attorney said Monday.

Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, abruptly announced Friday that she would leave office in late July. The decision to resign a year and a half before her term ends, and her rambling, often-disjointed resignation speech, have fueled days of debate among political analysts.

But Thomas Van Flein, Palin's personal lawyer, said no surprises await. The governor needed a break after being "on duty now for two and a half years solid," he said.

"There is no bombshell. There is no shoe to drop. There are no investigations of any type that I'm aware of - no IRS audit, no federal investigation, no state investigation," Van Flein told CNN. "There is no legal reason in terms of a legal problem that compelled the governor to resign."

Friday was "deliberately chosen" for the announcement because of its proximity to the July Fourth holiday, Van Flein said: "She declared her independence from politics as usual."

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  1. Lowell

    Do you think it's possible that she finally realized what a joke she is, that intelligent people didn't take her seriously and she didn't want to make a fool of herself anymore by pretending to be someone "important?"

    July 7, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Billy

    Time will tell. Meanwhile, another ethics complaint will be filed against her today for accepting Per Diem while living out of her own house. Literally tens of thousands of dollars stolen from the people of Alaska.

    It a lucky thing for her that palin controls the ethics panel that investigates these things or she would've been impeached before Blogo.

    July 7, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. Va 4 Obama

    Sarah Palin is CLUELESS!! Let her make millions on Faux News, just don't let her anywhere near a position of responsibility! Shame on John McCain for unleashing this idiot on the American people!!

    July 7, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. George Bush ... With Lipstick ?

    No ... not yet but the haste of her actions suggests there is something "dishonest" about this. Americans are not willing to accept this bizzare behavior as it has been conveyed ... it's an issue of trust.

    Alaskans could trust her to finish her term .... what else lurks out there?

    July 7, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Ken in NC

    She can dish it out but can't take it. I do not want a President that is subject to resign in the middle of a term because the people or media attack his or her or their family. I disagree with family attacks but they do get caught up in the media frenzy.

    July 7, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. A. Goodwin

    This is rediculous...they use the excuse that the Letterman comment contributed to her leaving office? What a lie! If its true, than THANK GOD she did not win the VP slot. She would have had a breakdown in a week!

    I do not feel sorry for her one bit. Boo hoo..you had to work two full years. I feel so bad for you – NOT!!! While I dont have the media spotlight on me constantly, I can say I probably work harder and more efficiently than she ever did. I have had moments where I've wanted to give up because the stress was to high – but I didn't! The worst part about this is that she gave up on Alaska, not just herself. She IS a quitter. Most people understand that "today is the tommorrow we were worried about yesterday..." and move on when times get tough. Every time Palin has had it "tough" she bails...like in college, her early career as a commentator, etc. She acts so tough, but the reality is that its just a front...she's not tough at all.

    July 7, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. Susie

    Time will tell. I'm betting on a bombshell.

    July 7, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. GI Joe

    OK – she will no longer be a politician – don't put her on the political ticker any longer. This show has closed down.

    Now, if she wants to campaign and spread the hate and fear-mongering (getting people to yell "KILL HIM") that's another story.

    The best fear-monger that tax-paying campaign contributors' money can buy.

    July 7, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. katiec

    Give us a break. Anything Palin does is for her own personal gain.
    She deserved all negativity she got with her dirty politics, firing those
    who do not totally agree with her, manipulation of ordinances, laws,
    hypocrasy, and phony holier than thou attitude.
    She destroyed any hope for a political career by deserting the
    people of Alaska. Guess she realized with her ebbing popularity
    she would not be able to maintain the support of her state by

    July 7, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. GOPer

    Perfect – Quit and leave it up to a lawyer to explain your position while you go on vacation.

    Have fun fishing, you wrecked your political career.

    July 7, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. elliott

    I gotta hand it to you. You liberals are doing your best to destroy Palin. I have never seen Repubs attack anyone so viciously as you are attacking Palin. But I don't think you will take her down. She'll be back. President Palin.....Vice President Palin....?........suck it up.

    July 7, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Florida Joe

    Oh great, an off color joke forces her from office.....And McCain thought she was suitable to be VP?

    July 7, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. Ellen in Ohio

    I feel sorry for her. I wish she wouldn't have resigned, but think of everything she's been through! The strongest of us would falter under such heavy scrutiny, and just look at how many times CNN has mentioned her in their political ticker. Even after the election! She is under a microscope that no other governor has to deal with.

    If I were in her shoes, I would make the same choice, because it is clearly in the best interest of her family – which should be every parent's #1 priority. Hopefully, the media will allow her the privacy that being a private citizen allows and her five children (some of whom are very young) will no longer have to suffer through inappropriate jokes and blatant lies.

    July 7, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Sergio Bricco

    Wow, talk about calling someone out. Got to love the soon to be ex Gov of AK blaming David Letterman. Way to go Dave. WQe all figured Lorne Roberts and the SNL crew would do it but it took you to knock her off her high horse. Why can't political figures just tell the truth. She left because she A- wants to run for higher office and wants a head start ( ie forming her own PAC ) or B. shejust couldn't take the daily limelite. Political figures must think the american people are just too nieve. I think most knew the Gov. of SC was cheating on his wife when he came out with a whopper of a story. I was hiking, lol sure you were. And that leads to miss Sarah Palin. Stop trying to blame David Letterman or the media. You weren't smart enough for the job as a running mate is " I can see Russia from my house" I think the GOP base needs your electricity but not you. Good luck on whatever you do, but avoid the media and jail.

    July 7, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. johnny

    You creeps really need to leave David Letterman out of this discussion. He made a joke similar to one made by Jay Leno, and it was way less offensive than the allusions to incest that were made on SNL. Sarah Palin wraps her mind around something and can't let go. She obsessive, and that's just not healthy. Oh, also she's a narcissist, and that is also not healthy.

    July 7, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. tm

    She needed a break after being on duty for 2 and a half years???? How long does she think that she would be president if she ran and won???? She is not up to the pressures of the presidency

    July 7, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. Realistic

    The Palin saga continues.Maybe she will go away for awhile and stop attracting media attention because it has been way over board. Palin do us all a favor and go away for awhile, we need a break from the soap opera.

    July 7, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. yuri

    Palin's recent performances pale in comparison with her previous ones as a veep candidate and a mayor. But we wonder wee bit about her finesse, or savoir faire, or lack of those, in a murderous political playground.

    July 7, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Brandon

    Ya think up in Alaska they'd have a little thicker skin, ya you betcha. She can't handle the heat so better stay out of Alaska.

    July 7, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. citizenjane

    Either way she spins it the bottom line is that Sarah Palin by calling it quits half way through her contract as governor has thrown those who voted for and put their faith in her under the bus, effectively ending any future career in national government she might be anticipating.

    July 7, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Wow. If jokes from David Letterman led her to decide to throw in the towel, imagine what she's do with the rhetoric coming from Ahmadinejad if she were to become president. She'd be running for the door to hide in Wasilla, fur sure (wink)!

    July 7, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. bglg2005

    She may not be a quitter but she ins't a fighter either.

    July 7, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. Scott, Tucson

    Heck..if Barney Frank and Chris Dodd can screw up the economy by their failures with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and not be forced to resigned, than nothing that Palin can do would cause her to resign except voluntarily as she has done so.

    July 7, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. white supremacist = al qaeda =hamas = terrorism

    That's why she can see Russia from her house. Go to school palin. Get some education. Read more about your country, not alaska.

    SEE YOU IN 2024

    July 7, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. Kevin -- Evansville, Indiana

    "She declared her independence from politics as usual."

    Independence from who? When the voters hire you to do a job, you are expected to complete it. Really, she should have declined McCain's offer, based on her lack of qualifications, and prior commitments.

    July 7, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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