An editorial questions Gov. Sarah Palin's involvement in getting him the position

By Brian Orloff
January 06, 2009 03:20 PM

Levi Johnston quit his job in an Alaskan oil field after questions of his eligibility surfaced, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

Johnston, 18, the boyfriend of Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol, left his position in an electrical apprenticeship program, his father confirmed, after a newspaper columnist raised questions about whether he was eligible to participate.

Johnston had been working for ASRC Energy Services Inc. in North Slope County, Alaska, since the fall.

In his column, radio talk show host Dan Fagan said that federal regulations require members of the program to have a high school diploma – which Johnston does not. He also questioned Gov. Palin’s involvement in securing the job for Johnston.

The governor has denied any help in securing Johnston the job. Palin, in an interview with the Anchorage Daily News said she considered Fagan’s column “a political potshot taken at me,” one that threatens to “destroy a young man’s opportunity for work.”

Johnston’s father Keith tells the newspaper: “He felt it was the best thing to do to kind of calm the waters, so to speak.”

Keith Johnston, who also works as a construction engineer for the company, called the diploma discrepancy an oversight. “It’s just something that slipped through the cracks,” he says.

Johnston’s father also said he felt like the media was focused too severely on his son, who became a father with Bristol Palin on Dec. 27. (At the time, Gov. Palin told PEOPLE that Johnston and her daughter were “working their butts off to parent and going to school and working at the same time.”)

“You guys are watching him so tightly,” Johnston said. “He’s being treated different than an average 18-year-old kid. He has to do everything by the book now.”

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