Top Palin adviser bows out

Feb. 24, 2010 at 6:27 PM
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The woman who has been former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's confidante, voice and senior adviser has resigned, officials say.

Meghan Stapleton, one of Palin's most trusted aides since December 2006, says she quit her job as spokeswoman to spend more time with her husband and 2-year-old daughter, Politico reported Wednesday.

"While it has been an honor to help Gov. Palin and her family over the last few years, I am also honored to have this incredible opportunity to stay home with my precious miracle, Isabella," Stapleton said.

From governor to vice presidential candidate to television commentator to Tea Party leader, Palin reportedly has kept Stapleton as one of her closest contacts.

"Meg has been deeply involved in all things Palin and instrumental in Sarah's many successes," Fred Malek, a prominent Republican fundraiser and Palin friend, said.

"It's hard to replace anyone so loyal, tireless and effective, but the Palin phenomenon will continue," he said. "I expect she will continue to render advice to her good friend on key issues."

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