President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he intends to nominate a one-time staffer to former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Larry Persily, Obama's candidate to be the federal coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, worked for three Alaska governors, according to the White House, including Palin.


Persily made media appearances during the campaign after Palin was nominated, saying repeatedly that the former governor was not qualified to be vice president.

"Mr. Persily is known statewide for his bipartisan credentials — he has worked for Democrats and Republicans — and his knowledge on oil and gas matters, particularly the history of the 40-year effort to develop a North Slope natural gas pipeline," the White House said in a statement.

According to the White House release, Persily served as deputy commissioner at the "Alaska department of revenue until 2003 and returned in 2004 to assist the state and North Slope oil and gas producers with developing a natural gas pipeline to serve North American consumers."

Persily worked in Palin's Washington office "assisting with oil and gas, Arctic, commerce, transportation and tax issues."