Skip to comments.GOVERNOR PALIN ANNOUNCES NO SECOND TERM, NO LAME DUCK SESSION EITHER
Posted on 07/03/2009 1:29:04 PM PDT by Blaine Spade
GOVERNOR PALIN ANNOUNCES NO SECOND TERM NO LAME DUCK SESSION EITHER July 3, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced today that she will not seek a second term as Governor of the State of Alaska and will relegate the power of governor to Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell in order to serve Alaskas best interests. Lieutenant General Craig Campbell will move into Parnells current role.
People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing's more important to me than our beloved Alaska, said Governor Palin. Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine. Standing outside her home in Wasilla, Alaska, Governor Palin reflected upon some of the administrations accomplishments for Alaska as she approaches her final year in office. I am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is not the easiest path, said Governor Palin after the announcement. Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional Lame Duck status in this particular climate would just be another dose of politics as usual, something I campaigned against and will always oppose. It is my duty to always protect our great state. With that in mind, my family and I determined that it is best to make a difference this summer, and I am willing to change things, so that this administration, with its positive agenda, its accomplishments, and its successful road to an incredible future, can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success. I look forward to helping others to fight for our state and our country, and campaign for those who believe in smaller government, free enterprise, strong national security, support for our troops, and energy independence. The transfer of power will occur following the Governors picnic in Fairbanks on July 26. At that point in time, Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell will be sworn in and Lieutenant General Craig Campbell will assume his role as Lieutenant Governor. Governor Palin will spend July 4th in Juneau.
She has just improved, significantly, the probability of retaking the house and eliminating the 60-vote hangman's noose in the senate.
Anyone on or off the Palin ping, write me.
I think you’re right. I think she is running.
If so, count me in!
Fox News leading the pack of rabid dogs.
Ping list please?
Bad move IMHO. Being a governor of a state gave her credibility. A second term would have solidified that. Giving it up after 3 years is foolish in my opinion. She will still have a platform and shell be able to travel the lower 48, but quitting the governorship will confirm most peoples doubts that she is too inexperienced to run for president.
She made it clear, she isn’t retreating but taking the fight in another direction. In 4 years she will be leading the free world.
Look out for the Romneybots smearing every thread on this.
I copied the whole transcript so that her words are presented faithfully as a record. Hopefully the Palin naysayers will read carefully, but why should they start now.
July 4, 1776 Independence Day
July 3, 2009 The new revolution has heard its opening shot.
Palin Announces No Second Term
No Lame Duck Session Either
Hi Alaska, I appreciate speaking directly TO you, the people I serve, as your Governor.
People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing’s more important to me than our beloved Alaska. Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine.
I want Alaskans to grasp what can be in store for our state. We were purchased as a territory because a member of President Abe Lincoln’s cabinet, William Seward, providentially saw in this great land, vast riches, beauty, strategic placement on the globe, and opportunity. He boldly looked “North to the Future”. But he endured such ridicule and mocking for his vision for Alaska, remember the adversaries scoffed, calling this “Seward’s Folly”. Seward withstood such disdain as he chose the uncomfortable, unconventional, but RIGHT path to secure Alaska, so Alaska could help secure the United States.
People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing’s more important to me than our beloved Alaska.
Alaskas mission to contribute to America. Were strategic IN the world as the air crossroads OF the world, as a gatekeeper of the continent. Bold visionaries knew this - Alaska would be part of America’s great destiny.
Our destiny to be reached by responsibly developing our natural resources. This land, blessed with clean air, water, wildlife, minerals, AND oil and gas. It’s energy! God gave us energy.
So to serve the state is a humbling responsibility, because I know in my soul that Alaska is of such import, for Americas security, in our very volatile world. And you know me by now, I promised even four years ago to show MY independence no more conventional politics as usual.
And we are doing well! My administration’s accomplishments speak for themselves. We work tirelessly for Alaskans.
We aggressively and responsibly develop our resources because they were created to be used to better our world... to HELP people... and we protect the environment and Alaskans (the resource owners) foremost with our policies.
Heres some of the things weve done:
We created a petroleum integrity office to oversee safe development. We held the line FOR Alaskans on Point Thomson and finally for the first time in decades theyre drilling for oil and gas.
We have AGIA, the gasline project a massive bi-partisan victory (the vote was 58 to 1!) also succeeding as intended - protecting Alaskans as our clean natural gas will flow to energize us, and America, through a competitive, pro-private sector project. This is the largest private sector energy project, ever. THIS is energy independence.
And ACES another bipartisan effort is working as intended and industry is publicly acknowledging its success. Our new oil and gas clear and equitable formula is so Alaskans will no longer be taken advantage of. ACES incentivizes NEW exploration and development and JOBS that were previously not going to happen with a monopolized North Slope oil basin.
We cleaned up previously accepted unethical actions; we ushered in bi-partisan Ethics Reform.
We also slowed the rate of government growth, we worked with the Legislature to save billions of dollars for the future, and I made no lobbyist friends with my hundreds of millions of dollars in budget vetoes... but living beyond our means today is irresponsible for tomorrow.
We took government out of the dairy business and put it back into private-sector hands where it should be.
We provided unprecedented support for education initiatives, and with the right leadership, finally filled long-vacant public safety positions. We built a sub-Cabinet on Climate Change and took heat from Outside special interests for our biologically-sound wildlife management for abundance.
We broke ground on the new prison.
And we made common sense conservative choices to eliminate personal luxuries like the jet, the chef, the junkets... the entourage.
And the Lt. Governor and I said “no” to our pay raises. So much success in this first term and with this success I am proud to take credit... for hiring the right people! Our goal was to achieve a gasline project, more fair oil and gas valuation, and ethics reform in four years. We did it in two. Its because of the people good public servants surrounding the Governor’s office, with servants’ hearts and astounding work ethic... THEY are Alaska’s success!
We are doing well! I wish you’d hear MORE from the media of your state’s progress and how we tackle Outside interests - daily - SPECIAL interests that would stymie our state. Even those debt-ridden stimulus dollars that would force the heavy hand of federal government into our communities with an all-knowing attitude I have taken the slings and arrows with that unpopular move to veto because I know being right is better than being popular. Some of those dollars would harm Alaska and harm America I resisted those dollars because of the obscene national debt were forcing our children to pay, because of todays Big Government spending; its immoral and doesnt even make economic sense!
Another accomplishment our Law Department protected states rights TWO huge U.S. Supreme Court reversals came down against that liberal Ninth Circuit, deciding in OUR states favor over the last two weeks. Were protectors of our Constitution federalists protect states rights as mandated in 10th amendment.
But you dont hear much of the good stuff in the press anymore, do you?
Some say things changed for me on August 29th last year the day John McCain tapped me to be his running-mate I say others changed.
Let me speak to that for a minute.
Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law I championed became their weapon of choice. Over the past nine months I’ve been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations such as holding a fish in a photograph, wearing a jacket with a logo on it, and answering reporters questions.
Every one all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. Weve won! But it hasn’t been cheap - the State has wasted THOUSANDS of hours of YOUR time and shelled out some two million of YOUR dollars to respond to opposition research thats money NOT going to fund teachers or troopers or safer roads. And this political absurdity, the politics of personal destruction Todd and I are looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesnt cost them a dime so theyre not going to stop draining public resources spending other peoples money in their game.
Its pretty insane my staff and I spend most of our day dealing with THIS instead of progressing our state now. I know I promised no more politics as usual, but THIS isnt what anyone had in mind for ALASKA.
If I have learned one thing: LIFE is about choices!
And one chooses how to react to circumstances. You can choose to engage in things that tear down, or build up. I choose to work very hard on a path for fruitfulness and productivity. I choose NOT to tear down and waste precious time; but to build UP this state and our country, and her industrious, generous, patriotic, free people!
Life is too short to compromise time and resources... it may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down, plod along, and appease those who demand: “Sit down and shut up”, but that’s the worthless, easy path; that’s a quitter’s way out. And a problem in our country today is apathy. It would be apathetic to just hunker down and go with the flow.
Nah, only dead fish “go with the flow”.
No. Productive, fulfilled people determine where to put their efforts, choosing to wisely utilize precious time... to BUILD UP.
And there is such a need to BUILD up and FIGHT for our state and our country. I choose to FIGHT for it! And I’ll work hard for others who still believe in free enterprise and smaller government; strong national security for our country and support for our troops; energy independence; and for those who will protect freedom and equality and LIFE... I’ll work for and campaign for those PROUD to be American, and those who are INSPIRED by our ideals and won’t deride them.
I WILL support others who seek to serve, in or out of office, for the RIGHT reasons, and I don’t care what party they’re in or no party at all. Inside Alaska or Outside Alaska.
But I wont do it from the Governors desk.
I’ve never believed that I, nor anyone else, needs a title to do this - to make a difference... to HELP people. So I choose, for my State and my family, more “freedom” to progress, all the way around... so that Alaska may progress... I will not seek re-election as Governor.
And so as I thought about this announcement that I wouldnt run for re-election and what it means for Alaska, I thought about how much fun some governors have as lame ducks travel around the state, to the Lower 48 (maybe), overseas on international trade as so many politicians do. And then I thought thats whats wrong many just accept that lame duck status, hit the road, draw the paycheck, and milk it. Im not putting Alaska through that I promised efficiencies and effectiveness! ? Thats not how I am wired. I am not wired to operate under the same old politics as usual. I promised that four years ago and I meant it.
Its not what is best for Alaska.
I am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is unconventional and not so comfortable.
With this announcement that I am not seeking re-election Ive determined its best to transfer the authority of governor to Lieutenant Governor Parnell; and I am willing to do so, so that this administration with its positive agenda, its accomplishments, and its successful road to an incredible future can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success.
My choice is to take a stand and effect change not hit our heads against the wall and watch valuable state time and money, millions of your dollars, go down the drain in this new environment. Rather, we know we can effect positive change outside government at this moment in time, on another scale, and actually make a difference for our priorities and so we will, for Alaskans and for Americans.
Let me go back to a comfortable analogy for me sports basketball. I use it because youre naïve if you dont see the national full-court press picking away right now: A good point guard drives through a full court press, protecting the ball, keeping her eye on the basket and she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can WIN. And Im doing that keeping our eye on the ball that represents sound priorities smaller government, energy independence, national security, freedom! And I know when its time to pass the ball for victory.
I have given my reasons candidly and truthfully and my last day wont be for another few weeks so the transition will be very smooth. In fact, we will look to swear Sean in in Fairbanks at the conclusion of our Governors picnics.
I do not want to disappoint anyone with my decision; all I can ask is that you TRUST me with this decision but its no more politics as usual.
Some Alaskans dont mind wasting public dollars and state time. I do. I cannot stand here as your Governor and allow millions upon millions of our dollars go to waste just so I can hold the title of Governor. And my children wont allow it either. ? Some will question the timing. ? Lets just say, this decision has been in the works for awhile
In fact, this decision comes after much consideration, and finally polling the most important people in my life - my children (where the count was unanimous... well, in response to asking: “Want me to make a positive difference and fight for ALL our children’s future from OUTSIDE the Governor’s office?” It was four “yes’s” and one “hell yeah!” The “hell yeah” sealed it - and someday I’ll talk about the details of that... I think much of it had to do with the kids seeing their baby brother Trig mocked by some pretty mean-spirited adults recently.) Um, by the way, sure wish folks could ever, ever understand that we ALL could learn so much from someone like Trig - I know he needs me, but I need him even more... what a child can offer to set priorities RIGHT that time is precious... the world needs more “Trigs”, not fewer.
My decision was also fortified during this most recent trip to Kosovo and Landstuhl, to visit our wounded soldiers overseas, those who sacrifice themselves in war for OUR freedom and security we can ALL learn from our selfless Troops theyre bold, they dont give up, they take a stand and know that LIFE is short so they choose to NOT waste time. They choose to be productive and to serve something greater than SELF... and to build up their families, their states, our country. These Troops and their important missions those are truly the worthy causes in this world and should be the public priority with time and resources and NOT this local / superficial wasteful political bloodsport.
May we ALL learn from them!
*((Gotta put First Things First))*
First things first: as Governor, I love my job and I love Alaska. It hurts to make this choice but I am doing whats best for Alaska. Ive explained why though I think of the saying on my parents refrigerator that says Dont explain: your friends dont need it and your enemies wont believe you anyway.
But I have given my reasons no more politics as usual and I am taking my fight for whats right for Alaska in a new direction.
Now, despite this, I dont want any Alaskan dissuaded from entering politics after seeing this REAL climate change that began in August no, we NEED hardworking, average Americans fighting for whats right! And I will support you because we need YOU and YOU can effect change, and I can too on the outside.
We need those who will respect our Constitution where governments supposed to serve from the BOTTOM UP, not move toward this TOP DOWN big government take-over but rather, will be protectors of individual rights - who also have enough common sense to acknowledge when conditions have drastically changed and are willing to call an audible and pass the ball when its time so the team can win! And that is what Im doing!
Remember Alaska America is now, more than ever, looking North to the Future. It’ll be good. So God bless you, and from me and my family - to ALL Alaska - you have my heart.
And we will be in the capable hands of our Lieutenant Governor, Sean Parnell. And Lieutenant General Craig Campbell will assume the role of Lieutenant Governor. And it is my promise to you that I will always be standing by, ready to assist. We have a good, positive agenda for Alaska.
In the words of General MacArthur said, We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.
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I say we have to see what she does next.
She's a lot smarter than Colonel ZERO out the gate.
Experience does not matter after Hussein. It just takes 600-700 mil
The personal attacks and the ethics complaints were consuming 80% of her and her staffs time.
She was already determined not to run again in 2010.
But according to her statement, she sees a greater need, both for Alaska and for the country, to speak out on important issues.
She told Alaskans she will not be a lame duck, doing the travel thing on the states dime. She went through a list of all of her accomplishments. She said she and her husband are fishermen, and only dead fish go with the flow.
She will not go with the easy way out.
She is resigning and putting the state in capable hands.
But she is still going to fight.
She is going all in, with no distractions.
Her demeanor was not one of defeat, or resignation, but positive, and of of sureness of her purpose.
Her critics may have won a battle, but she is going to war, in my opinion. She will not be silent, and she will be free to speak her mind.
AND SHE SAID IT ALL WITHOUT A TELEPROMPTER!
The political landscape shifted this afternnoon, in ways we will not know clearly for awhile.
Sarah has a rendevous with destiny.
And I cast my lot with her.
She’s already a Gov, what does she have to prove! I takes TIME and MONEY to run for Pres (esp if you’re not a RAT). If she makes the most of it, THIS ‘IS’ the best move she could make. She’s getting some great advice.
I added the full text of her speech at my reply 12.
WATCH OUT WORLD, HERE SHE COMES.
GO SARAH GO SARAH
I am proud of her and support her. She is a great American.
I believe she will assist others greatly in 2010, and will run herself in 2012...and she has my full support.
GO SARAH GO!
Oh yes, Varney just had some a$$ on insisting this made Romney the defacto republican candidate for president.
Ha ha ha ha ha, that will be the day.
Why don’t we wait a little while before we start hyperventilating and start sticking the fork in?
If she isn’t running for president, who could blame her. I am one of her ardent supporters and would be disappointed, but she still can do a lot for the conservative cause.
What do you all expect the MSM (even Fox, sadly) to do at this sudden announcement, blow kisses in her direction and wish her well?
A smart and savvy move. This frees her up for the Big Run.
the moment she expresses an interest in a presidential bid, every rival, Republican and Democrat, will uncork the ready-made zinger: "If elected, would she serve the full four years, or quit sometime in the third year again?"
I'll be signing up to help with her campaign...
What am i missing ? Did she say she was running for prez ? Lets see what her next move is . I think she has plans other than being a political hack.
What am i missing ? Did she say she was running for prez ? Lets see what her next move is . I think she has plans other than being a political hack.
The moment she expresses an interest in a presidential bid, every rival, Republican and Democrat, will uncork the ready-made zinger: “If elected, would she serve the full four years, or quit sometime in the third year again?”
No to mention Michael Savage!
She is so honest! And she doesn’t need teleprompters.
The race is on for 2012!
Wrong, it’s a great move!
She is doing the political equivalent of running at the attacker, not hiding behind a rock.
First woman President!
Hmm, I wonder. It’s unusual for someone to just up and quit an important political job. Perhaps she is tired of having her children attacked all the time. I know I would be.
I liked SP until she made such a poor showing in that Katie Couric interview. Honestly, I don’t know how she got hung up on such easy questions. Then, of course, the media attacked like rabid dogs, and I believe they accomplished their task of making her look dumb. I am not saying she is dumb, but she has been “Quayled”, or as another Freeper pointed out to me, “Forded”. At any rate, I don’t think she can recover from that. The lamestream media will see to it.
No, I’m not a Romdneybot. I can’t stand him. Big hypocrite -coming out against Obamacare when it is the same as Romneycare, and by any name, it stinks.
If you’re going to sling arrows...at least include the Paulestineans, who hae attacked my facebook inbox nonstop the past few minutes. They are far more vicious and ridiculously insane.
I hope she starts sticking her foot out tomorrow to trip up that dumb bass-turd in the whitehouse and keeps it up every day until Nov. 2012
(or the idiot resigns)
“If she makes the most of it, THIS IS the best move she could make.”
Not only that we now have as an advocate, the only person in the world that can knock Obama and Michael Jackson off of the front page. This is not good news for Obummer.
Sarah is free to articulate the issues that matter most to us. Go Sarah! My money will go to her PAC instead of the RNC that’s for sure.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrZIRb53EPI time to change the words some.
Say it ain’t so, Joe...famous quote from the past applicable to this situation. Unfortunately I know it is true. Damn. This will give the press a field day because they, the McCain’s and other RINOs will figure they finally forced her out. Having no pulpit and being in Alaska is not a good thing politically IMO.
I have to admit I feel a bit better after actually hearing the announcement. This COULD be brilliant actually. And they’ll STILL be sniping at her! I hope the media and her detractors feel some shame.
You are absolutely right! She reminds me of some famous athletics, Nitskie, Butkus,Hacksaw,Singletary and others of that mind.
Amen! It is not the same country we had even 4 years ago. Things have changed, drastically. So must ones actions.
It may have been "suicide" to do such a thing....in another lifetime, but we are dealing w/ another lifetime now.
God Bless Sarah.
Are you saying that she was a government thief for the past three years?
“I liked SP until she made such a poor showing in that Katie Couric interview”
You’ve got to understand something about that. The Katie Couric interview was edited, broken apart and pieced back together, in order to make Sarah look like an idiot. What was shown and what she actually said are completely different things.
You need to watch the “Media Malpractice” documentary.
Bingo! These idiots in the MSM should NOT be celebrating and gloating. Sarah Palin's political clout and influence has now truly begun!
I think she is ready to bring on the heat and wants to keep Alaska out of the field of fire.
The national polls show a tentative swing back to conservatism and the leadership role is empty. This is the perfect time for someone like her to step into that position.
All other considerations aside, the fact that this woman not wealthy, not an Ivy Leager, not a Washington Insider was forced into half a million dollars of personal debt to defend her own integrity against the same wealthy, Ivy League, Washington Insider POWER PEOPLE who hated her, and they accused her of Ethics violations WITH TAXPAYER MONEY. DISGUSTING!
If Sarah Palin cant serve as a Governor without being impoverished and so tied up with red tape and political vendettas at the behest of other politicians, then NO common sense, NORMAL people can. And if thats the case, there will be NO reform of the American political system from within....
I agree! She will be free to move around the country, good move, imo.
My guess: Our country is going down the tubes, and she is going out to save it before it is too late.
Someone has got to take the lead.
I cant save this country as one individual. For the last two days, I was seriously thinking of throwing in the towel and walking way. I can no longer handle sleepless nights.
We have a community organizer as president. How is she not experienced enough now?