Gov. Palin To Resign at End of Month

By Kate Barrett

Jul 3, 2009 3:56pm

ABC News' Kate Barrett Reports: Sarah Palin announced Friday that she will step down from her post as Alaska governor at the end of the month, and will not run for reelection.

In a press conference from her Wasilla home, the Alaska governor said “this decision has been in the works for awhile,” and said, “I’m not wired to operate under the same old politics as usual.”

There’s been speculation that Palin has had her eye on the 2012 presidential race, but it’s unclear why she’s leaving before the end of her term. Her current run as governor ends in 2010.

Palin did not take questions after her announcement, but compared herself to a good point guard facing “a full court press from the national level.”

“She knows exactly when to pass the ball so that a team can win,” Palin said.

Earlier this week, Palin and her political operation was portrayed in an unflattering light in the new Vanity Fair.

Lieutenant Gov. Sean Parnell is next in line to become governor when Palin leaves the job.

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