At least one person who used to be close to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her family believes he knows why the prickly ex-vice presidential candidate is resigning before her gubernatorial term is completed.
Levi Johnston, the former boyfriend of Sarah Palin’s daughter and the father of her grandchild, said the governor wants to cash in on the lucrative deals being offered to her, including ones for a book and a reality TV show. Johnston, 19, held a press conference Thursday to give his views on the situation, according to an Associated Press article.
"She had talked about how nice it would be to take some of this money people had been offering us and you know just run with it, say 'forget everything else,'" Johnston said in the AP article
He added, “I think the big deal was the book. That was millions of dollars.”
Johnston — who used to date Palin’s daughter, Bristol — said he lived with the Palin family from early December to the second week in January. During that time, he heard the governor make the remarks.
Palin later denied Johnston’s claims in an e-mail that her spokeswoman sent to the AP.
If Johnston’s remarks are accurate, it’s no wonder Palin had trouble fitting in with John McCain’s presidential campaign last year. McCain’s slogan was, “Country First,” not “Cash In First.”