- The Washington Times - Monday, September 29, 2008

PIERRE, S.D. | South Dakota Gov. Michael Rounds, named to mentor to Sarah Palin after she became governor of Alaska in December 2006, says she didn’t need much help settling into her new job.

After each round of gubernatorial elections, the National Governors Association appoints one of its member governors to be a mentor to each newly elected governor. Mr. Rounds, a fellow Republican, was chosen to help Mrs. Palin, and they ended up talking by phone.

“She just shared that she had a whole lot of stuff going on up there, and she appreciated our contact. We talked a little bit about filing systems and scheduling,” he told the Associated Press in an interview.

Newly elected governors often need help setting up systems to keep track of correspondence and scheduling, Mr. Rounds said.

“In this case, as I recall, Governor Palin really didn’t need any help. She pretty much hit the ground running,” he said.

Mr. Rounds said he urged Mrs. Palin to participate in the Western Governors Association and called her involvement a success.

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