“It’s a great day for the nation and Alaskans. Governor Palin has proven herself as a bright, energetic leader for our State and will bring the same energy to the Vice Presidency. She will serve our country with distinction – the first Alaskan and first woman on the Republican ticket. I share in the pride of all Alaskans," Stevens said in a statement released by his campain.
“I have known and worked with Sarah for over a decade – from her service as Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, in her role as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors, and most recently as our Governor. She is attentive to her job and family, brings people together, and is able to make tough decisions."
Palin, who has built a reputation in Alaska as a reformer, has called on Stevens to give a fuller accounting of his relationship with VECO Corp., an oil services firm, and its former CEO, Bill Allen. Stevens was indicted recently for allegedly failing to disclose more than $250,000 in gifts, including home renovation, from Allen and VECO. Stevens has denied the charges, but his trial is scheduled to start next month.
Palin also backed Lt/ Gov/ Sean Parnell in his primary challenge to longtime Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who is also under investigation.