McClatchy's Politics Editor, Robert Rankin, notes an Anchorage Daily News story from 2004 in which Sarah Palin quit her job as chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. I've spoiled the punch line, but read these excerpts and pretend you don't already know the date:
Palin said it was hard to do her job with potential civil penalties hanging over her head if she talked about what went on at her agency. She said the experience was taking the "oomph" out of her passion for government service and she decided to quit rather than becoming bitter.
Palin is a former mayor of Wasilla. She made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican lieutenant governor nomination in the 2002 election and has been discussed as a possible challenger to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Palin said Friday her decision to leave the commission had nothing to do with such matters.