announcement by Governor Sarah Palin that she will be stepping down in three
weeks caught Alaskans and Alaskan lawmakers by surprise. Senate President Gary
Stevens of Kodiak says he didn't hear a word from the governor's office before
her news conference.
House Representative Alan Austerman didn't foresee the resignation either, but
says it is not out of character for her.
speculated that Palin resigned to make preparations for a presidential run in
says he believes something is going on behind the scenes, but would not
speculate other than to say that he doesn't think the governor is resigning due
to the intense scrutiny or criticism that she's received since rising to the national
stage 10 months ago.
added that the state will have to move on, and he thinks Lieutenant Governor
Sean Parnell will do a good job as governor, but Austerman suggested Parnell
hand over the reigns of state government to Parnell at the annual Governor's
Picnic in Fairbanks on July 26.