This just in from the AP and Channel 2 news:
Early estimates put the cost of Sarah Palin’s midterm resignation as Alaska governor at a minimum of $40,000 — and that’s not counting a special legislative session partly linked to her departure.
The preliminary figures obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request show it cost the state almost $14,100 for the swearing-in ceremony of new Gov. Sean Parnell in Fairbanks July 26 after Palin formally stepped down the same day.
The price tag for moving the former GOP vice presidential candidate and her family from the governor’s mansion in Juneau amounted to more than $3,328.
Not included in the tally is the estimated cost of more than $100,000 for a one-day special session held last month in which state lawmakers approved Palin’s surprise pick to replace Parnell as lieutenant governor.
Palin said she was resigning as governor for the good of Alaska, but the father of her first grandchild, Levi Johnston, said in a Vanity Fair magazine interview this week that Palin likely quit because she wanted an easier, higher-paying job.
This doesn’t mention the state paying for Palin to sleep in her own bed at night, the ethics complaint she filed on herself or the Troopergate investigation. It doesn’t include the $10,000 paid to Chuck Kopp when his past came back to boot him from Walt Monegan’s old job.
There is absolutely no accounting to what she cost Alaska in the way of reputation…
If only we could send her a bill.