The Palin Pattern
Sarah, “I am not a quitter” Palin is profiled by Karen Tumulty in her “I-Quit-arod” Swampland piece (beautifully named as RightWingWatch notes). She did five colleges in five years. She also abruptly quit her job as head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, claiming she didn’t want to keep quiet about ethics violations. But she was told by the Alaska Department of Law she could not discuss these issues even if she resigned.
Palin said frustration over the gag order made her conclude it was time to quit, but she said it wasn’t the only reason. She wouldn’t detail what else contributed to her decision.
Palin said it was hard to do her job with potential civil penalties hanging over her head if she talked about what went on at her agency. She said the experience was taking the “oomph” out of her passion for government service and she decided to quit rather than becoming bitter.
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