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It's Looking Like Divorce for the Palins

Todd Palin's filing blames 'incompatibility of temperament'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 9, 2019 7:15 PM CDT
Updated Sep 10, 2019 6:56 AM CDT
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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, attend Gov. Sean Parnell's acceptance speech at his swearing-in 2009.   (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin's husband, commonly referred to as "Alaska's first dude" when she was governor, appears to be seeking a divorce from his wife of 31 years. Paperwork apparently from Todd Palin cited "incompatibility of temperament" in seeking to end his marriage to the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. The filing Friday in Anchorage Superior Court only identified the couple by initials, the AP reports. The initials, birthdates and wedding date match the Palins', as does the initials given for their only young child. The documents list the minor as T.P.V.P., born April 18, 2008, the same date Sarah Palin gave birth to Trig Paxon Van Palin, the youngest of the couple's five children.

The Palins married in 1988. After Sarah Palin became governor in 2006, Todd Palin continued to fish commercially and work an oil field job on the North Slope. Their lives were changed when Republican presidential candidate John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. During her speech to the Republican National Convention, Palin said of her husband: "We met in high school, and two decades and five children later, he's still my guy." Todd Palin mostly stayed out of the spotlight, but MSNBC reported in 2011 that he was knee-deep in his wife's governorship. An analysis of 1,200 emails between state officials and Todd Palin showed him approving or disapproving of appointments and receiving updates on contract negotiations. In response, an attorney for the couple said: "Todd Palin had official and unofficial duties, but one thing was clear: he was a key advisor to Governor Palin and involved in her efforts to improve the State of Alaska."

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