When Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
announced her intention to step down last week, people in Alaska and across the country reacted with
disbelief. Kodiak's Republican Party chairman was no different, but he did have
the opportunity to gain a perspective on how non-Alaskans felt about Palin and
her surprise decision.
Travelling outside the state at the
time of the governor's Friday announcement, Bob Brodie, district chairman for
the Republican Party in Kodiak, learned of the news online. Brodie said that
like many others, his initial reaction was surprise. Having just returned to
Kodiak yesterday morning, he said he was still catching up on state and local
news reports in the wake of the announcement. He said he couldn't speculate on
the reasons behind Palin's decision.
1 27 sec. "I haven't talked to anybody ... some
good reasons for it.")
said being in the Lower 48 at the time of Palin's announcement gave him the chance
to learn how people outside of Alaska
felt about Palin and her early departure from office. He said many people in Oregon and California,
where he was travelling, asked him about the governor.
2 34 sec. "Do you know Governor ... because she's not qualified.")
believes there is a large contingent of people both in Alaska and the rest of the country that
supports Palin wholeheartedly and would welcome a potential future run for office
on her part.
3 21 sec. "Maybe they related to her ... to run for higher office.")
said he's met Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell on several occasions, most recently
as part of the Electoral College process in Juneau. Brodie said he's confident in
Parnell's ability to govern the state until the next gubernatorial election in 2010.
4 28 sec. "He seems like a competent ... going to be the governor.")
said he believes support or lack thereof for Palin, who has become a national
figure since her run for Vice President, differs in Alaska and the rest of the country.
5 30 sec. "I don't think it's quite ... be
able to weather that storm.")
Brodie said he wishes
Palin luck in her future endeavors and said Parnell should, in his words, "tide
things over" until the next election. He also said he looks forward to seeing
who will run in 2010 and hopes candidates are prepared for what he called the
"sniping" that will come with the job.