Bristol's Baby Daddy Quits Job

Palin denies helping him get past diploma requirement
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2009 7:47 AM CST
Levi Johnston kisses Trig, brother of his girlfriend Bristol Palin, as she holds him during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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(Newser) – Unwed teen dad, high school dropout, and future Palin in-law Levi Johnston can now add "unemployed" to his resume after a media kerfuffle over his lack of diploma led him to quit his job in an oil field. Johnston left to quell suspicions that Sarah Palin helped him land his electrical apprenticeship, which requires a high school diploma—a diploma Johnston famously lacks, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Palin denies having a hand in Johnston’s placement, but did write him a generic letter of recommendation.

“Sarah had nothing to do with him getting hired on the Slope. If there was any help getting him on up there, it was because of my associations and no one else’s,” said Johnston’s father, an engineer with the company running the apprenticeship program. The diploma requirement simply “slipped through the cracks,” and his son decided to quit so he can focus on earning his diploma online.