July 10th, 2009
01:21 PM ET
12 years ago

Johnston: Palin wanted to take the money, 'forget everything else'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/04/11/kurtz.johnston/art.johnston.gi.jpg caption="Johnston is the ex-fiance of Bristol Palin, the Alaska governor's daughter."](CNN) - Sarah Palin wanted to take the money and "just run with it," the father of her grandchild said Thursday.

Levi Johnston told reporters the Alaska governor was stepping down early to take advantage of millions in potential earnings. According to the Anchorage Daily News, the 19-year-old said that late last year he heard Palin say "how nice it would be to take some of this money people have been offering us and just run with it, and saying forget everything else."

He pointed to talk show offers and other potentially lucrative deals.

Earlier this week, Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein told the Washington Post that the governor had received "hundreds of credible offers since the campaign," including Hollywood projects, but had not taken advantage of any except her book deal. Johnston said that even the Palin children had been fielding offers.

Johnston said he saw how stressful Palin's job was for her – "how she came home late at night and things like that" – but said he thought " the big deal was the book. That was millions of dollars."

Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton dismissed Johnston's take, referencing his own show business aspirations. "It is interesting to learn Levi is working on a piece of fiction while honing his acting skills," Stapleton told reporters.

Filed under: Levi Johnston • Sarah Palin
soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Wow

    Sarah palin is a joke. I can't beleive people supported her. Winners don't quit when things get tough. I don't think she had what it took to be the vice president-good thing she didn't win.

    July 10, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Keefe

    The tabloid life of a soon to be former Ex-Governor is really taking on a life of it's own.....

    John McCain should really be ashamed of himself for giving birth to not only Sarah Palin, but Joe the Plumber as well....

    Republicans are worser than Al Queada as far as the effect they have on America....

    And Sarah Palins supporters are the ones that are really pathetic, no matter how much Palin Lies, Distorts the truth, and show's her incompetence, her supporters still want her as President....

    July 10, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Joe

    Before all the Blogs Start I believe that the Palin fervor is more basic then conservative and liberal. Therefore, before derogatory responses come forth it would be interesting to see who the bloggers would choose as the better person: Sarah Palin or Howard Stearn (the entertainer).

    July 10, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. Alfred E. Neumann

    My goodness, CNN is now taking quotes from Levi Johnston. I suspect that his source is a vivid imagination or just feedback from media punditry.

    Did you inquire as to his thoughts about the stimulus program? I thought not.

    July 10, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. renobill

    A Repuke being greedy, and only thinking of herself? My goodness who would believe it?

    July 10, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Why is Gov Palin daughter in thie picture? Anchorage Daily News is interviewing Levi Johnston. Levi Johnson don't know why Gov Palin is stepping down but it keep people talking

    July 10, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. ross berg- Buffalo, NY

    From what I've seen of Levi's performances it seems to me that he'd be well advised to keep his thoughts to himself if he wants to have any future with his son.

    Airing what should be private family comments publically is only going to hurt him, and while I'm sure he's a nice human being,his public apperances clearly show that he has very limited communication skills and will need all the friends he can find.

    Blabbing about internal family issues ain't no way to get there!!

    Unfortunatly, like most of us, he's obviously determined to learn this the hard way!!


    July 10, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Steve (the real one)

    So we believe this guy because?? I heard he is looking for his own book deal. What has he done that warrants a book deal?

    July 10, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Kansan

    I am more inclined to believe Levi Johnston than I am to believe Sarah Palin.

    I'm still amazed that anyone thinks she is a good candidate for 2012, she's a dimmer twit than Bush.

    July 10, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. J

    Cue the Blind Republican followers.

    July 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. kgeukes

    Seems to me if this story really had no teeth, wouldn't a "no comment" suffice?

    July 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Rob

    This coming from a guy who is trying to get his own book deal and movie deal. A movie deal? This dork's only claim to fame is that he knocked up the daughter of the vice presidential candidate. Now while this may make him a perfect candidate for the Obama cabinet, host of a show on MSNBC, and/or Bill Clinton's beer drinkin, tail chasin buddy, but I hardly think that it makes him any bit interesting or worthy of a movie.

    July 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Donkey Party

    Thanks kid, more confirmation of what we already know, except for the part about the Palin kids getting offers as well. Sarah Palin has already identified the "earning" potential of her kids from when she uses them as props for her stump speaches.

    July 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. bill

    The one fishing for fame out of this is Levi. He is the one who has been actively selling his time on talk shows and is now shopping a reality show.

    Using this clinger as a source of any credible story is rediculous. I am not sure why she resigned. But sometimes the simple answer is the truth. She said she wanted to stop subjecting her family and her state to the endless parade of trumped up ethics charges and character assaults.

    Given this story, I can see her point.

    Levi, go do something with your life , think about your own child , and find somethoing to be proud of.

    July 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. Gus The Willie

    Was her fifteen minutes enough?

    July 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Carlos

    Hey dirtbag your fifteen minutes of fame are up go back to flipping burgers now.

    July 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. ZA

    while I do not believe it is true, I would say good for her. Go for it Girl and make as much as you could before the vultures if the left would try to take it from you and from all of us

    July 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Purple Alaska

    "Guv Gone Fishin'".....which is a great thing for Alaskans.

    July 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. Palin needs a giant "Q" on her forehead!

    Like this from Johnston is something nearly everyone else doesn't already know.

    Palin has dollar signs in her eyes.

    July 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm not a Palin fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I would do the same thing she did, if this is true. Who wouldn't?

    July 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Susan

    it nothing new..........
    by the way, I am amazed by the conservatives.... do they read? each and every "pseudo-conservatives" are writing a book now... Joe the plumber, Beck, hannity, gingrich and now Palin..............

    also, for which grade Palin's book is recommended? Third-grade ? and titled as "What does a VP do ?"

    July 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. Nicole

    It is obvious that many politicians do not care about the people of this country. This is another example of why Americans are so hated.

    July 10, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. Tim

    Right, an he of course does not of this for fame or money.

    July 10, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. Deborah Baker

    He's not a BIASED source, is he?

    July 10, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. bill

    Why do you need money when you can shoot moose and catch salmon for a living?

    July 10, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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