February 22nd, 2009
05:18 PM ET
8 years ago

Schweitzer wishes Palin showed up to NGA meeting


Gov. Schweitzer discussed his views of the stimulus and Sarah Palin's absence from the NGA this weekend.

(CNN) – Many of the nation’s governors descended on Washington for the National Governors’ Association meeting this weekend, but a famous face was absent: Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who co-chairs the NGA's Natural Resources Committee with Palin, told CNN he wishes she was there.

"Fewer TV cameras will be there and I have to stay all the way to the end to report, so I wish she was here," Schweitzer joked on CNN's State of the Union.

But the Montana Democrat did not fault his colleague from Alaska for missing the NGA's winter meeting.

"Governors have to balance their job," he said. "These meetings are important, but in some ways, we come here and restate the obvious."

While Palin chose to skip the meeting this year, her appearance at it one year ago may have been pivotal to her future: it was when she first met Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Filed under: Extra • Sarah Palin • State of the Union
soundoff (332 Responses)
  1. Art Michaelson

    Dear God when will I STOP reading about this Alaskan BIMBO with a wink and and smile. Maybe if she puts her finger to her nose she will go up a Chimmny like Santa Clause or maybe a WITCH her church believes in

    February 22, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. Tom

    I wouldn't go either. Its 2009, the year of the Chimp

    February 22, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. KRC

    Governor Palin doesn't need to come begging for Porkulus dollars. She planned ahead for times like these and is running a budget surplus. I dare say that "face time" is low on her priority list right now, as it should be for any strong, conservative, and fiscally responsible Governor. Um, that's not you Arnold.

    February 22, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. joseph

    We should be thankful that she is starting to realize that people just want her to stay in Alaska where she belongs.

    February 22, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  5. joel palmer

    When Sarah Palin walks in the room, people ask, who left?

    February 22, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. R. Sparks

    Whining to gain attention and / or put down another person never
    elevates the whiner.

    February 22, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. John in Sacramento

    EDS- Although I'm Libertarian rather than a 'left wing nut', I have to say of COURSE people are afraid of her! How can you NOT be? She terrifies me beyond belief.

    The reason? We already had 8 years of an incoherent, vainglorious, 'mavericky' and functionally retarded president and- hey! Look where we are!

    Do REALLY want more of the same?

    If the GOP put someone with a) intelligence b) experience c) leadership (as opposed to 'dictatorship') qualities, they'd have my vote.

    I am distressed that there are people out there who truly want her to 'lead'.

    February 22, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Carl Justus

    She did not want to spend her per diem money. With the oil prices down, she wanted to save Alaska all that money for the airplane, hotel and did not want to take away the spotlight from those know all governors such as Jindal, Sanford, Barbour and Pawlenty./

    February 22, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. seabee

    Unbelievable....once again! When Ms. Palin has a responsibility to be somewhere,do something.......that has to do with what she was elected to do.....what does she do......"STAY HOME". CB

    February 22, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. nevadan

    I don't know how common it is for governors to miss the NGA meetings and perform their duties as co-chairs of whichever committees, but at the same time, as far as I'm concerned she can skip out on as many as she likes. Go ahead and pile it ever higher, Sarah.

    February 22, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. joel palmer

    I hope she runs in 2012; I can see the vote now. Palin loses by largest margin ever 63% to 37%.

    Up to one third of the country is irretrievabley stupid; as evidenced by the fact that Bush still gets an approval rating of 25%

    February 22, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. Allie

    "I can only hope your unemployment checks run out soon"

    That's a beastly, heartless thing to say.

    February 22, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. PA

    No wonder she didn't come...........she's trying to figure out how to get out of taxes she has to re-pay and she didn't want to answer any questions about it.
    She's a piece of work and needs to stay in alaska.....if not, some other country.

    February 22, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. Jean

    The day before Obama moved ahead of Hillary in the primaries the stock market was 13,010.

    Enjoy your change!

    February 22, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. Wren

    She's deliverying food because she thinks it will give her more brownie points. She actually didn't want to–because they blew the money she threw at them a couple of months ago-but she was advised to go out and deliver food because it makes a better photo op and makes her look good. It's that simple.

    February 22, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  16. malclave

    And the liberals continue to celebrate their hatred... of course, they have nothing BUT hatred in their lives.

    February 22, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Sharon

    Hey Gov Schweitzer, welcome to the world of Palin....If it isn't about her-she doesn't care!

    February 22, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. Ryan

    Sarah who?

    February 22, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. jason, tx

    why would anyone want princess igloo showing up anywhere for anything? let her stay in alaska. they can have her.

    February 22, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. Dave

    Suzi.... She's NOT popular, she is stupidular!!!! And we're not worried about her guts, its her lack of brains that concerns us!!!

    February 22, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. neil, tampa, florida

    who cares about that loser anymore? Mcbush blew it when he chose her. Just another example of his failure to grasp the world as it really is.

    February 22, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  22. Linda in MS

    While I still think Sarah Palin's a joke, I must say that this time, at least, she is not doing anything to deserve the negative attention. The guy was making a light-hearted comment, and Sarah was home minding her business, for a change. I swear, some of you people on both sides are really nuts. Lighten up a bit.

    February 22, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. snash

    For the past six months, Sarah Palin has been my only source of entertainment. Maybe she's moose hunting with the Eskimos. I'm still waiting for her to model the Victoria's Secret underwear the RNC bought for her.

    February 22, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. mo

    thanks god she is a no show. at first during the campaign she had this crazy notion that if she is a VP she can run the senate. what do you think she would have done now? if she showed up at the meeting she might have thought that she could run the GOVERNMENT. yup that is it....

    February 22, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. lakeside176

    Suzi, you are showing your ignorance. She is popular, but not in the way you think she is popular. I can't believe you still think she is popular, but I guess you haven't studied her climb in the poilitical world. She is as nasty as nasty can be. She needs to stay in Alaska and finish out her one term as governor and then go crawl under the rock from which she came.

    February 22, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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