Palin administration in Juneau surprised, looking at succession complications

Surprise was the word of the day for Alaskans, including Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, who said he found out this morning at 6:40 a.m., when staff asked him to fill in on a scheduled commencement speech this morning that Palin was slated to give. Palin’s spokesman Bill McAllister says he also was taken by surprise when national reporters started calling him at home soon after 5:00 a.m.

Attorney General Talis Colberg says Palin designated him as successor to the Lieutenant Governor should Palin go to the White House and Parnell move into the Governor’s position. Because Parnell is also running for national office, going up against Don Young in a still undecided primary campaign for Congress, Colberg would become Governor if both Parnell and Palin ended up in DC.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

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