Sarah Palin was involved in a brief argument over the weekend with an Alaska teacher over her decision to leave her post as governor of Alaska halfway through her term.
The dustup occurred in Homer, Alaska, where Palin appeared over the weekend to film part of her coming television series on TLC.
Palin was greeted in the town by Kathleen Gustafson, a self-identified teacher, who was holding a sign that read: “Worst Governor Ever.”
After seeing the sign, Palin walked over to speak to Gustafson. The video is spreading quickly Monday on several liberal blogs.
“You swore on your precious Bible that you would uphold the interests of this state, and then when cash was waved in front of your face, you quit,” Gustafson told Palin after the former governor walked over to ask, “What’s up?”
“Oh, you wanted me to be your governor,” Palin responded, sarcastically retorting, “I’m honored! Thank you!”
Gustafson then accused Palin of being more interested in “becoming a celebrity” than being involved in the “political process.”
In response, Palin tried to explain that now that she is no longer governor, she is free to be “out there fighting for Americans to be able to have a Constitution protected so that we can have free speech.”
“In what way are you fighting for that?” Gustafson fired back. “In what way?”
“Oh my goodness!” said an exasperated Palin, stating that she has been working to “elect candidates who understand the Constitution [and will] protect our military interests so that we can keep on fighting for our Constitution that will protect some of the freedoms that evidently are important to you, too.”
Palin’s daughter Bristol, standing next to the former governor, then tried to explain that her mother is now “representing the United States” rather than just the state of Alaska.
“Yes, I know, you belong to America now,” Gustafson said, redirecting the conversation back to the ex-governor.
After watching her daughter jump in, Palin seemed to try to cool tensions.
“What do you do here?” Palin asked.
“I’m a teacher,” Gustafson responded, to which Palin appears to roll her eyes.
But when Gustafson later explains that she, like Palin, is married to a commercial fisherman, the former governor tried to connect.
“We probably have a lot in common,” she said, then turning to the camera to wave and ask if she was “on video.”
“I’m honored to meet you, I really am,” Palin then said, moving to cut off the conversation. “We both agree on the freedom of speech and certainly the protection of that.”
A Palin spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.