Palin Sticks to the Script
Posted on Jul 7, 2009
Having startled allies and detractors alike with her resignation announcement last Friday, Alaska Gov. (for now) Sarah Palin got back to work Tuesday, signing a bill, doing a little Eskimo dancing and deflecting questions about her political plans.
AP via Google News:
Palin signed a bill in this small town [Kotzebue] 30 miles north of the Arctic circle that is intended to bolster law enforcement in Alaska villages. She was greeted with cheers by about 300 people and briefly took the floor to dance to the beat of Inupiat Eskimo drummers. Many lingered to get their pictures taken with the popular Republican governor and former vice presidential candidate.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Palin defended her decision to step down after a year in which she has been bombarded with a series of ethics complaints that have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to investigate.
“You would be amazed at how much time and resource my staff and I, the Department of Law especially, spend on this every day,” she said. “It is a waste. We are spending these millions of dollars not on teachers and troopers and roads or fish research and other things that are needed in Alaska.”
AP photo / Dan Joling
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin talks with state Rep. Reggie Joule, D-Kotzebue, as an unidentified person takes photos before a bill-signing ceremony in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Tuesday.