Palin resigned because liberals had abused the ethics process, generating bogus charges which required her to incur legal costs which were not refundable, and which became a distraction from her job. Here is an excerpt from her resignation speech, in which she addresses the reasons for her resignation:
Originally Posted by noonwitch
Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law that I championed became their weapon of choice. Over the past nine months, I've been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations, such as holding a fish in a photograph or wearing a jacket with a logo on it and answering reporter's questions. Every one of these, though, all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. We have won, but it hasn't been cheap.
The state has wasted thousands of hours of your time and shelled out some 2 million of your dollars to respond to opposition research. And that's money that's not going to fund teachers or troopers or safer roads.
And this political absurdity, the politics of personal destruction, Todd and I, we're looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills just in order to set the record straight.
And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn't cost them a dime, so they're not going to stop draining the public resources, spending other people's money in this game. They won't stop. It's pretty insane.
My staff and I spend most of our day, we're dealing with this stuff instead of progressing our state now. And I know that I promised no more politics as usual, but this isn't what anyone had in mind for Alaska.
But wait, there's more, from http://www.mrltavern.com/2013/07/the...uit-meme.html:
See, when you actually look at the evidence of what happened and the circumstances surrounding it. When you look into who was involved it goes high up to people in the Obama administration. Peter Rouse all the way down to the idiot in her living room filing false charges on her. Then you will come to realize that this was revenge and a coordinated effort to destroy a woman who basically was the only force standing in the way of an Obama presidency in 2008.
So what happened? Well, Sarah Palin returns home and the people who were working with her to pass major legislation, now won’t even work with her to pass basic, simple legislation. Here was a woman who worked with both sides of aisle. And then she comes home after the campaign, the republicans didn’t want to know her because she was never a GOP party girl. They never really got over what she did to Frank Murkowski. And the democrats didn’t want to know her because they were being pressured not to by Peter Rouse and the Obama administration.
Here you had Sarah Palin, a good governor with historic approval ratings. And so this small group of Alinsky leftists in Alaska, they couldn’t attack her policies because they were sound. She worked with both sides to pave the way for great success for the state of Alaska. She cut the budget by a billion dollars. She increased revenue by over a billion dollars-- a two billion dollar net gain to the people of Alaska. She passed legislation that basically no other governor in the history of the state could pass for decades. She was probably one of the most transformative governors in the history of that state.
She was not just popular, she was historically popular. And so when you go to attack someone like that, you begin to work on their negatives. Here you have an honest woman—who isn’t in the pockets of Big Oil companies and special interests—and who remained exceptionally clean throughout her career. Remember, one of the hallmarks of her rise to power was that she promised to reform ethics and clean up Alaskan politics and government. And she did.
So how did these people dirty this clean politician known as Sarah Palin? Well, they filed countless false ethics charges in order to make her seem unethical to citizens of Alaska. And these leftists did it until the people started to question whether or not she was unethical. In Alaska, there are no limitations on how many ethics complaints can be filed against the Governor. Most of these ethics filings were not being done in good faith, and like I’ve said in a previous segment about this, it was lawfare. It was an abuse of the legal system in Alaska by a bunch of Obama supporting leftist trolls.
It was an organized strategy, from top to bottom, to gain headlines and the media, of course, went along with it. Ethics filing on the front page. The story about it being thrown out for being ridiculous and lacking merit was put in the back pages.
What is worse and disgusting about this whole thing, and this just goes to show you how the depraved minds on the left work. This was done not only to harass her out of office. They did this to bankrupt her and her family. They knew she wasn’t rich. The Palins and the Heaths were not “of money” like the Murkowski dynasty. So, she was not only targeted for political destruction. They targeted her for financial destruction as well. They wanted her and her family destitute. And she refused to play by that play book and help them destroy her and her family and so she resigned.
So now you know. And for those who do not like it when interjects herself or causes a political stir, just remember, if you didn’t try to destroy her, if you didn’t force her out of her job, she might’ve been still there, very happy, and not causing the trouble for you, on both sides, that she’s doing now. I told you this before…the left and the Beltway RINO types created this Frankenstein monster for themselves.
This was pure vindictiveness, as well as a blatant abuse of process. The end result is the meme of Palin as a quitter, which you have repeated several times, without acknowledging the disgraceful conduct on the part of the Democratic Party's operatives that forced her out. The meme is low and dishonest, and we've come to expect it from the kinds of liberals who don't care about anything but destroying their enemies, but we expected better of you. I guess that you aren't any different from the rest of them after all.