Sarah Palin either had the last laugh or was serious when she mentioned divorce in 2007 email, but her frustration can be shown as the increasing ethics complaints filed against her and the mounting legal costs her family was personally incurring.
Palin wrote one email rant dated Sept. 26, 2007 — almost a full year before she was tapped for the unsuccessful GOP presidential ticket — with the subject line saying “Marital Problems.” Addressing two of her gubernatorial aides, she said “So speaking of … If we, er, when we get a divorce, does that quell ‘conflict of interest’ accusations about BP?”
That is apparently a reference to the oil company her husband, Todd, worked for. The oil company and the state would have a lot of dealings, but what exactly is meant in referring to the conflict of interest is not clear.
There is no further explanation about whether she was being serious or whether it was meant as a joke or sarcasm.
In a Twitter post Saturday, Palin poked fun at the media for their treatment of her e-mail, writing: “Good work, media. My ’07 ‘divorce’ email was a joke mocking you for making up divorce rumors. Keep up the, er, credibility-building efforts!”
Palin adviser Doug McMarlin said the divorce comment wasn’t meant to be taken seriously.
“Governor Palin was clearly speaking tongue-in-cheek in the email,” McMarlin said. “This email was during her fifth pregnancy and the Palin marriage remains one of the most solid in any environment. We thank the media for their, er, continuing attention to this particular issue.”
Seperately, a Palin friend told CNN: “That divorce mention was a joke. The ‘er’ should have been the first clue. If you do the math, she was just finding out about her fifth pregnancy so they were quite close and doing well.”
The Palins’ marital status has been the source of rumors for years since she emerged on the national stage in 2008.
Several Alaskan websites reported in the summer of 2009 – soon after Palin resigned as governor – that a divorce was impending. Representatives for Palin have in the past vehemently denied any talk of divorce.
A Palin associate told People magazine in August 2009: “No truth to any of the rumors…No divorce. No affairs.”
These newly released e-mails also show clearly how frustrated Palin was, in the months leading up to her resignation, with the intense focus on her and the cost of it.