February 24th, 2010
06:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Top Palin aide resigns

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/24/art.palin.10.9.jpg caption="A top Palin aide stepped down Wednesday."]Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin's spokeswoman Meg Stapleton, a close adviser to the former Alaska governor who developed a rocky relationship with other Republicans and members of the media, has resigned, two sources close to Palin confirmed Wednesday to CNN.

Stapleton, a spokesperson for the former governor since 2006, cited the need to spend more time with her husband and young daughter. In a statement first reported by Politico, Stapleton explained that serving Palin "has been an honor" but said it is time to "refocus my priorities."

But ever since Palin was suddenly elevated to the national stage in August 2008, Palin insiders, members of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign and other Republicans sympathetic to the former governor have grumbled privately about Stapleton's ability to handle the increasingly monumental task of advising Palin, a global political celebrity whose every word is dissected and analyzed by pundits, celebrity magazines and the blogosphere.

Members of the political press corps have also long been frustrated with Stapleton, who was the primary conduit between Palin and members of the media since the end of the 2008 presidential race, but rarely responded to phone calls or e-mails. When Stapleton did, they were often terse or combative.

She and Palin had previously spoken about resigning, but Stapleton informed SarahPAC staffers of her decision by e-mail last week.

"Earlier this week, I handed Governor Palin my resignation, effective the end of this month," the e-mail said. "While I had hoped to work together on so many more projects, time with my precious 2-year-old has been further minimized with the whirlwind commitments of all things Palin. I have done my best to scale back, but Isabella is now resorting to hiding my BlackBerry, and she shouldn't grow up begging for a mother to start acting like a mother."

There are no immediate plans to hire a replacement for Stapleton, a source close to the Palin family told CNN. The source noted that the family, which takes pride in their Alaskan identity, are comfortable speaking in their own voice.

UPDATE: Fred Malek, an influential GOP fundraiser and adviser to Palin, e-mailed to compliment Stapleton on her service.

"Any professional has to be judged by success, and by any measure, Team Palin has been an enormous success," Malek told CNN. "As Governor Palin's principle aide during this awesome rise, she has been a one woman  band and deserves much credit and admiration."

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  1. Migs

    I think Stapleton finally saw in all things Palin what has been quite evident for a while now.

    February 24, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. Emma

    Is this the way Stapleton gets her walking papers? It looks to me as though she has been fired.

    February 24, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. Diane Gordon

    A resignation to spend more time with her family? That's what they always say.

    February 24, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  4. H

    And the comedy known as Palin goes on......

    February 24, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I'm surprised the SS Sarah hasn't had a lot more deserters!

    February 24, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. Jim

    Quote: "Earlier this week, I handed Governor Palin my resignation, effective the end of this month"

    GOVERNOR PALIN? FAIL. She is a pundit now. The governor Palin quit months ago. Didn't you get the memo?

    February 24, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. Manny

    Do they know the meaning of the word "scapegoat". They might put the blame here there and everywhere but the bottom line is that Palin's IQ is below average, and those who follow her show how smart they are. BTW what is that all about writing notes on your hand for a speech LOL

    February 24, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. TF

    Mrs. Palin should not be referred to as Governor, she is not and is now known as a quitter. Oh, God please do something with this hypocrite.

    February 24, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. southern cousin

    Any chance of talking about the corruption of Charlie Rangel and how Pelosi has not yet taken any action in spite of her investigation of 18 months now. Perhaps we could talk about how lying Al Gore should be charged with perjury for lying about climate change in his testimony before Congress. We who like FOX, thank you though for continuing to keep Sarah in the news.

    February 24, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Mercfan

    Why is it that everytime a politican (or in this case a staffer) wants to resign, it's to spend more time with family. If they wanted to spend so much more time with their family, why did they take the job to begin with?

    February 24, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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