Skip to comments.Sarah Palin on Alaska job: I canít take it anymore, reveals new public emails
Posted on 02/24/2012 8:51:50 AM PST by kristinn
Fed up with mounting legal bills and rattled by intense scrutiny of her family and work, Sarah Palin was ready to step down as Alaska's governor months before she left office in July 2009.
Emails released Thursday, most from the last 10 months of her time in office, show she told her husband in April, "I can't take it anymore" and complained to spokeswoman Sharon Leighow and aide Kris Perry in March that she had been the target of "many frivolous suits and charges since the DAY I became VP candidate."
"I can't afford this job," she wrote.
The emails illustrate what Palin has said all along: After running for vice president unsuccessfully with John McCain, she returned to Alaska to find that the financial and emotional drain of her gubernatorial job was too much. She flirted with a presidential run last year, but told supporters she instead was dedicating herself to "God, family and country." She currently serves as a commentator on Fox News.
In a March 19, 2009, email, Palin complained that more than 150 freedom of information requests had cost the state more than $1 million, adding: "and who knows what all the bogus ethics charges have cost the state."
She expressed anger at having to pay for her own defense, with a bill that at that point totaled more than $500,000, and said her husband had to go back to work on the North Slope to help deal with the growing costs.
"We've all had to pay for our OWN legal defense in this political bloodsport - it's horrendous - why do you think Todd is on the slope today?" Palin wrote. "I am paying to defend in my capacity as GOVERNOR - actions taken in my official position. This is unheard of anywhere else."
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The left forced her out of the Governorship.
I bet they’re bitterly regretting doing that.
Fortunately, Presidents take a lot less abuse than Alaskan governors, so I’m sure she’ll show up at the convention making herself available to be drafted.
Yeah, but she is a “quitter”, not “ready” for the rigor of politics.
PDS mode off...
Apologies for the frivolous lawsuits scheduled to arrive in 3, 2, ... oh wait. Sarah Palin is the ultimate success story for the anti-American left. Anyone who rocks their applecart will get “the treatment”.
“When the levee breaks” it is my hope you will drown.
I used to be one of those who slammed Sarah for quitting....but this puts it much more into perspective, and frankly, I don’t blame her one bit for doing what she had to do.
When the levee breaks it is my hope you will drown.
Don’t understand what PDS means or that italics indicate sarcasm, do ya?
I think it is reflective of Palin’s solid, normal character that she and her husband undertook to pay the legal expenses by working to earn the money.
The alternative was defaulting on the legal bills, or finding wealthy individuals or political interests to sell her soul to.
She didn’t go looking for a Soros-type patron. Todd went to the slope and she went to the book-writing and speaking circuit.
It’s not political success, but it’s the way a good life is lived. I really respect that.
I bet theyre bitterly regretting doing that.
I most sincerely hope so.
Excellent, insightful post.
Wow...first the HBO movie, now these emails becoming news....what’s going on? What do THEY fear?
Thanks for this thread, kristinn.
Amen. She’s a very brave woman.
I don't either, and If she dropped off the planet to just live her own life, I could dig that too.
If my memory is correct from her book, they took a 400k equity loan against the house to pay the legal bills. The advance fro her Book got them back to par or in the black.
In this time frame again if my memory is correct, her Church burnt, so one may ask how did that happened?
In totality, they tried to destroy her and her family.
If Newt had any brains he would ask her to be VP. After all this crap, she can take anything thrown at her, because she seems to always find a new way to fight on another day.
I agree. Great post in #11, married21!
Many people on McCain's staff have helped in the process.
The people involved in the ethics complaints were a small group of Democrat operatives. The sources in most of the hit pieces on Sarah Palin use quotes from this small group of Democrat operatives.
Sarah has survived and prospered throughout this..She has done great. She was wonderful riding a Harley through DC. Her speech at CPAC was amazing. You could feel the electricity in the crowd. After her speech she was surrounded by fans who just wanted to talk to her, to get her autograph or to wish her well.
Sarah is a remarkable woman. The vicious attacks she has been subjected to would have broken many people. She has an inner strength that can only come from a deep spirituality and a humble willingness to do God's will.
The state legislature should have stopped it and didn't.
Very well said and s true!
I can see why she decided not to run for President too. These liberals are evil and will destroy anyone the see as a threat to their power! Sarah didn’t surrender. She took up a different strategy!
Oops! Pardon me, I missed that. Must focus.
“Its not political success, but its the way a good life is lived. I really respect that.”
She should have just raised the limit on her credit cards. And borrowed money from some rich Chinese person.
(Can you imagine what political, national and economic success it would be if HER values were in the White House?)
When I worked on our school newspaper, we learned to put the most important and relevant facts at the top, and then work down from there.
You know you are reading a propaganda rag when they deliberately reverse that order, under a deceptive headline.
Because most people just read the headline and the first few paragraphs, and then figure that it’s not worth reading the rest, because they’ve got the story.
Notice that if you read paragraphs 5-7, they are the ones that reveal what the email in question said, and they are the ones that reveal why Sarah decided to step down.
Frivolous lawsuits were costing the state millions, and frivolous lawsuits were bankrupting the Palins. And clearly that was exactly the purpose of those lawsuits.
That, of course, is the real story. It’s like the recall election in Minnesota, which is costing the state millions, to satisfy the agenda of the Communists and the Union Bosses.
Sarah resigned because she had done the things she was most concerned about, and would leave a good Republican governor in her place. She resigned to spare the state more wasteful expenses, to spare her husband the need to work hard to pay these unfair debts, and to escape inevitable bankruptcy.
But you have to read paragraphs 5-7 to understand that. AP trusts that most readers will simply go by the headline, “I can’t take it any more,” and the lead-in. “I can’t take it any more” refers to the looming bankruptcy and the useless expenses to the state, not to some sort of cowardice, as most readers would assume.
“I used to be one of those who slammed Sarah for quitting....but this puts it much more into perspective, and frankly, I dont blame her one bit for doing what she had to do.”
Maybe you should have paid attention rather than casting judgment.
We all make mistakes.
I didn't want her to run last Fall, but now she is the best candidate who has yet to declare. We have such crap candiates to choose from.
Agreed, Gator - and a good response to a completely unhelpful, snarky, holier-than-thou comment.
LOL I’m thinkin that Jackman is a little slow on the up take.
Not to mention the attempted murder by arson of her fellow members at the Wasilla Bible Church as Obama`s operatives left town.
We are all Sarah’s allies.
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
In a sense I can’t blame her. But if this was enough to drive her to quit, she was in no way prepared to become President.
I bet theyre bitterly regretting doing that.
Err, why? If the left forced her out they succeeded. Quitting her gig as governor will make it next to impossible for her to ever be taken seriously as a Presidential candidate (I don't mean on FR or C4P, I mean nationally among the general public). The White House is not exactly a job a person can just quit halfway through because the other side is too nasty. I understand why she did it, but the idea that it didn't badly wound her politically is just silly.
I don't think the left regrets anything. They came for her with barrels blazing, feel no regret about it, and will do it again with as much or more enthusiasm because of their past success.
It probably wasn’t a judgmental thing. Quitting as Gov. was all she could do at that point but I was disappointed that the Left was going to get their jollies at her sake again. I was wishing that she could have hung in there but they won and were getting what they wanted.
I felt pretty bad for her.
In an alternate universe somewhere, Sarah Palin became the first woman President of the United States, and America became a much stronger, safer, and more prosperous nation because of it.
Steve Schmidt lost the election for McCain. SP gave the ticket at least 10 points they never would have had: 0 would have won in a major landslide without her, imo.
I wonder why her name is no longer a favorite search term here, on Free Republic. Have to think a lot of us are curious for news from her.
Even the weak, talentless cowards on the Left, can WIN when they have overwhelming numbers on their side.
Against a disgusting, unrelenting, lie-filled media and political Full Court Press, Sarah and Todd were going it alone. Aside from Greta Van Sustern, I don't recall anyone with a platform standing in their defense.
Maybe her move to quit was the best thing to do for her family, etc. but in the media environment, it was destructive—because it leans to the left and would give a “break” to a liberal in that situation but not to a conservative.
Palin resigns as governor. Later she runs for President
and becomes the GOP nominee. The Dems bright out the following ad: “Sarah Palin. She says she’ll fight for you. But she quit. Quitters never win, Sarah...” Fair? Who knows, but you KNOW they’d do that.
Palin stays as governor and does her best to fight back.
GOP runs an ad for nominee Palin: “They tried to get her
but she fought back. The mainstream media tried their best but she’s a fighter—and she’ll fight for you as President.”
A lib/dem candidate resigns after pressure similar to what Sarah faces. He or she is praised by the media for doing what was best for his/her family. OR the same candidate
decides to stay in office and tough it out. They are praised by the media for being such a fighter. Regardless, the Dems get a pass. Double standard.
I could see myself voting for her based on positions, and I realize the Dems and the media had it out for her, but I’m just being honest: if she ran, they would hang this around her neck—”she quit”. Add to that the perception that she quit to make money with books and the lecture circuit. Even if she did make efforts to help conservative causes,
she will still be attacked for “going after the big bucks”.
Nobody said life is fair. For us it certainly isn’t.
This doesn’t surprise me. They were after her from the beginning, even before she became the VP nominee, and especially after.
I’ve never seen a public figure be treated as awfully as Sarah Palin by the establishment. They carved out new lows to try to ruin her, including the suggestion that she faked a pregnancy.
If she were a liberal woman and had aborted her Downs baby Trig, she would be heralded as a hero and celebrated as the model of a strong woman by the left. Disney would make an Erin Brokovich type movie about her.
Note two comments to the article. THIS is what conservatives have to put up with:
>>Honestly, who in their right mind ,would cast a vote for president a woman(or anyone) who quit their Govenor job because it was too tough -Like the presidency would be any easier?
(Even I have to agree to some extent. The Dems would be all over her about the resignation...and yes, “like the Presidency would be any easier?” Add to that the fact that the media is in the Dems’ corner but wouldn’t be in hers.)
>>To all the millions of morons who voted for McCain: He’s had cancer a couple of times, and is very old. He very well could have died in office (if not this term, than a second term), and THIS would have been the President of the United States. Think about that next time you say “I’ll never vote for someone from that political party.”
(That perception is another obstacle she would face. I’m not saying I agree with it—I’m saying THIS is what she
is faced with, these type of people...)
Oh that's NOT it? It could be liberal hatred and bias against conservatives? Kind of like the reason they covered for the creep John Edwards? And the woman killer - Kennedy - and the sexual harasser of young employees/interns - Clinton?
And yet, places like the New York Times and Washington Post wonder why they've lost credibility.
Playing favorites is obvious to all of us - - well, except the journalists... who couldn't find their noses if they wasn't attached ( or if they were conservative noses)
“I wonder why her name is no longer a favorite search term here, on Free Republic. Have to think a lot of us are curious for news from her.”
I suppose it is becasue we are focused on the battle at hand (the Republican Primaries), and FOR NOW, Sarah is not part of that.
Heat? Possibly going broke and losing her home with five kids just because some lefties don’t like her and are afraid of her? Are you on their side?
It doesn’t matter what Sarah Palin did or didn’t do. The media/enteratainment industry was and still is spitting mad that she lives and breathes. The LAST thing our masters want is to have Sarah Palin wake up the American spirit of freedom and individual liberty. They can not have that.
Sarah Palin could have sent emails saying that nothing they were doing was bothering her and they would have said she was too stupid to know when to quit.
They HATE her. They literally HATE her with every fiber of their ugly beings. She was and is a threat to their precious baby BamBam. And they of the (stop the bullying) campaigns will bully and belittle her and the Americans who think like her in order to destroy our constitution once and for all.
What happens if a Presidential candidate dies or must withdraw for some reason during a campaign? Does the spouse step in as has been done sometimes when a Senator dies while in office? That seems absurd. Or, does the VP candidate suddenly become the candidate? Or is there any sort of guideline for it at all? Just trying to think of any scenario that theoretically leads to a really great leader due to twists of fate.
In all your scenarios, it is the dominant CommunistMedia that is framing the perceptions, and laying out the ground rules.
As Conservatives we need to find a way to defeat that very difficult and fundamental problem.
FreeRepublic TV anyone?
What information I have tells me that she is, at this time, possibly the most vetted politician out there.