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Video: Todd Palin says Sarah resigned to make money

Sarah Palin announced her resignation as governor of Alaska two years ago with a speech so rambling and disjointed it became immediately iconic. She said she was not "wired for politics as usual," that she wanted to "take a stand" and "not just hit our heads against a wall" and "watch valuable state time and money, millions of your dollars, go down the drain in this new political environment." She said she was giving her reasons for resigning "very candidly and truthfully," but no one knew what she was talking about. Her husband, Todd, confronted by an Alaskan in Iowa this week summed up the reasoning more succinctly and more convincingly: Palin resigned in order to earn money to pay high financial debts and to avoid legal complaints. Of course she did! Videos after the jump.

Latest Palin tell-all: More of the same ugly

Frank Bailey was Sarah Palin's aide and he was her heavy. He played a role in "Troopergate," for example, working behind the scenes to get Palin's ex-brother-in-law, state trooper Mike Wooten, fired after Wooten divorced Palin's sister. Now Bailey is riddled with regret. He says Palin was not the political breath of fresh air he thought she was. She's self-concerned and ambitious and a prima donna. She wrote glowing letters to the editor about herself, has a fake tan, and can't be bothered to stick to a schedule. Bailey doesn't like Palin. His book, "Blind Allegiance," appears to add flesh to the Palin persona, but there doesn't seem to be much new here. Palin haters won't be surprised by any of it. Palin lovers won't care. But the U.K. Daily Mail loves it.

Alaska’s ‘first dude’ appeals to snowmobile riders in mailer

Astride a flying snowmobile, Alaska's '"first dude," Todd Palin, makes an appeal to voters who worry about restrictions on riding the beasts — called "snow machines" by serious riders — in a mailer distributed by a state Republican Party. "Could this be the last winter to ride in our national parks?" asks the flyer featuring the four-time winner of Alaska's grueling Iron Dog Snowmobile Championship.

Todd Palin to pal around with sportsmen today in Colorado

Alaska’s “First Dude,” as the media has dubbed Todd Palin, will be out to prove he isn’t the “First Dud” today as he follows in his governor and Republican vice presidential nominee wife Sarah Palin’s footsteps on the campaign stump in Colorado.

Troopergate Report: Palin ‘Abused Her Power’

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A report [PDF] released today finds that as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin “abused her power,” a specific violation of a state law.

Palin’s Secret Service code name likely not Schaffer’s favorite

When Sarah Palin picked "Denali" as her Secret Service code name, was she subtly mocking Bob Schaffer?