FAIRBANKS, AK, USA A day of celebration was declared in Alaska today as Sarah Palin stepped down as governor. Her tenure has been clouded by ethics probes, mounting legal bills and dwindling popularity. Apparently Alaskans feel that Palin contributed greatly towards the negative perceptions of their state held by many in the contiguous 48 states of the union.
"I cannot express enough there is no plan after July 26. There is absolutely no plan," she told The Associated Press. "The decision (to quit) was made in the vacuum of what was best for Alaska, and now I'm accepting all the options, but there is nothing planned."
Wilson Villanueva, 38, of Palmer, Alaska, attended one of Palin's farewell picnics in her hometown of Wasilla and disputed the idea that she was quitting because she was bored or unhappy in her job. He thinks she is stepping down for a "a greater purpose - to save taxpayers the burden" of defending herself against nearly 20 ethics complaints, including allegations she traded on her position as she sought money for lawyer fees.
Pallin, last seen boarding a hot air ballon, is reportedly joining her sister, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the Land of Oz.