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STUNNER: A Palin announcement: Resigning in weeks; "It hurts to make this choice. But I'm doing what's best for Alaska"

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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 3, 2009 03:04 PM

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Lots of heavy media anticipation over a Sarah Palin announcement expected any minute from Wasilla.

Here’s CBS:

There was no indication as to the topic of the announcement.

CBSNews.com producer Scott Conroy, who covered Palin’s vice presidential campaign last year, said it is rare that Palin sends a press release out nationally.

Feel free to speculate.

Allahpundit has a developing round-up; multiple sources reporting that Palin will say she’s not going to run for governor again in 2010.

Here comes 2012?

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A contrary take: FNC’s Chris Wallace take the announcement as a sign that Palin is not interested in pursuing national politics.

Palin supporters take cable news anchors to task for puzzling over announcement on “slow holiday news day” and missing Independence Day timing.

Latest from BNO on Twitter: Palin resigning in weeks????

From KTUU TV in Alaska:

Gov. Sarah Palin will resign her office in a few weeks, she said during a news conference at her Wasilla home Friday morning.

Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will be inaugurated at the Governor’s Picnic at the end of the month, Palin said.

There was no immediate word as to why she will resign, though speculation has been rampant that the former vice presidential candidate is gearing up for a run at the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Palin made the announcement flanked by Parnell and most, if not all, of her cabinet.

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CNN showing the press conference video:

Palin: “I love my job. I love Alaska. It hurts to make this choice. But I’m doing what’s best for Alaska.” Tears in her eyes.

Says she will be able “to effect change from the outside.” America needs protectors of individual rights now more than ever. Promises to always be there for Alaska. Wants to work not just for Alaska, for the rest of the country. Taking a fight for Alaska in a new direction. Quotes MacArthur: “We are not retreating, just advancing in a different direction.”

Lt Gov. Sean Parnell says he receives announcement with a “heavy heart.” Thanks Sarah for inspiring so many.

More from press conference: After touting Alaska’s accomplishments, Palin laments “politics of personal destruction.” Notes attacks. $500,000 in legal bills. “Life is about choices. I choose a path of fruitfulness and productivity. Life is too short to compromise time and resources…I will work very hard for others…I will support others…”
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Chuck Heath, Palin’s brother, on FNC talking about incessant attacks. Very emotional. “It’s weighed on her a long time.” Couldn’t effectively govern when having to defend herself against attacks.

The Anchoress is wondering what’s really going on:

Either she or someone in her family is ill, and she wants to keep it private and not subject it to the vulgarity of the Palin-hating beasts in the press, who savaged her last year, or…she and Todd are on the rocks, and she doesn’t want to subject her children and her marriage to the same vulgarity.

Can’t say I blame her in either case. And I hope I’m wrong on both counts.

But nothing else makes sense, does it?

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