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Contrary to what Pudd'nhead says, countless others have not resigned and her definition of "honor" seems to be atypical and nonstandard:

And though it's honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make.

In the last 50 years only 33 governors have resigned:

  • 15 resigned in order to accept a presidential appointment
  • 11 resigned because they were elected or appointed to Congress or VP
  • 3 resigned due to scandal
  • 2 resigned after being tried and convicted of felonies
  • 1 due to illness
  • 1 resigned in order to prepare his fourth run at the presidency

Besides Pudd'nhead Palin, in the last 50 years, no other sitting governor resigned because of too many ethics complaints, or because "life is too short", or to avoid being a "dead fish", or to help someone else's election campaign, or because they're a "lame duck", or even to "advance in a different direction".

Governors who resigned 1959-2009






































NameStatePartyTerm ResignedReason
Raul H CastroAZD2Presidential Appointment - Ambassador to Argentina
Patrick Joseph LuceyWID/I2Presidential Appointment - Ambassador to Mexico
Richard Francis KneipSDD2Presidential Appointment - Ambassador to Singapore
Christine Todd WhitmanNJR2Presidential Appointment - EPA Administrator
Michael Okerlund LeavittUTR3Presidential Appointment - EPA Administrator
Otto KernerILD2Presidential Appointment - Federal Judge
Mike JohannsNER2Presidential Appointment - Secretary of Agriculture
Abraham Alexander RibicoffCTD2Presidential Appointment - Secretary of HEW
Kathleen SebeliusKSD2Presidential Appointment - Secretary of HHS
Janet NapolitanoAZD2Presidential Appointment - Secretary of Homeland Security
Tom RidgePAR2Presidential Appointment - Secretary of Homeland Security
George Wilcken RomneyMIR3Presidential Appointment - Secretary of HUD
Dirk KempthorneIDR2Presidential Appointment - Secretary of Interior
Cecil Dale AndrusIDD1Presidential Appointment - Secretary of Interior
John Arthur LoveCOR3Presidential Appointment – Director of the Office of Energy Policy
Michael Newbold CastleDER2Elected US Congress - House
James Caleb BoggsDER2Elected US Congress - Senate
Harold Everett HughesIAD3Elected US Congress - Senate
Edmund Sixtus MuskieMED2Elected US Congress - Senate
George V VoinovichOHR2Elected US Congress - Senate
Spiro Theodore AgnewMDR1Elected US Vice-President
Albert Benjamin ChandlerKYD1Appointed to US Senate
Wendell Richard AndersonMND2Appointed to US Senate
Edwin Leard MechemNMR4Appointed to US Senate
Donald Stuart RussellSCD1Appointed to US Senate
John Joseph HickeyWYD1Appointed to US Senate
John G RowlandCTR3Scandal (ethics)
James E McGreeveyNJD1Scandal (sex)
Eliot SpitzerNYD1Scandal (sex)
Harold Guy HuntALR2Resigned after felony conviction
J Fife Symington IIIAZR2Resigned after felony conviction
Nelson Aldrich RockefellerNYR4To prepare for 1976 presidential bid
Ella T GrassoCTD2Illness
Pudd'nhead PalinAKR1Bad Hair Day

Originally posted to anon2008 on Mon Jul 06, 2009 at 05:29 AM PDT.

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