Palin's New Job in the Obama White House
WASHINGTON -- Governor Sarah Palin (R) stunned much of the American political establishment with a revelation that she was planning to resign as the Governor of Alaska. Palin, best known for her Vice-Presidential run in 2008, was elected in 2006.
The Alaska Governor is expected to resign her position by the end of this July and place the state in the hands of current Lt. Governor Sean Parnell. The Governor expressed sadness and excitement over her decision, saying "Many just accept that lame duck status, and they hit that road. They draw a paycheck. They kind of milk it. And I'm not going to put Alaskans through that."
The reason for the resignation was not immediately clear. Some speculated that it was due to a potential 2012 run for the White House. Others believed that stepping down was due to ethical questions regarding her term in office. Other has stated that her action could be a permanent withdrawal from politics.
Late Friday evening, however, the answer became more apparent. Current Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has been asked to leave the Obama Administration due to his own ethical scandal. Chu was involved in a $500 million dollar project named the Energy Biosciences Institute, funded by British Petroleum. Additional information emerged about Chu's relationships with other energy giants causing President Obama to ask Chu to step down by August 1.
The Washington Times has received word from a Palin spokesperson that her abrupt resignation is directly related to the soon-to-be-open Cabinet position. In addition, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is set to release a statement welcoming Palin into the Obama Administration.
Analysts believe that Obama is attempting to reconcile political foes in order to build a more stable presidency, as seen with former rival Hillary Clinton. By placing Palin in the Cabinet, both Palin and Obama could claim bipartisan credentials.
Palin reached acclaim in Alaska politics for proposing new pipelines for natural gas and crude oil, as well as her adversarial relationship with large oil producers. In the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign, Palin famously called for more energy independence and stated that the United States should, "Drill, baby, drill."
Palin's acceptance of Obama's offer was reached in a June 28th phone call. During this call, the President reportedly said that he was willing to "bury the hatchet" and "usher in a new era of bipartisanship."
Reports are also circulating stating that the Alaska Governor plans to switch party affiliations. According to the same Palin spokesperson, those reports are false.
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