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. David Newport, OR

    She has to figure out how to pay her back taxes and repay Alaska for funds she inappropriately billed them. I would be doing the same thing. Don't be too harsh on the poor thing.

    February 22, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. 3D

    The Republicans base is crumbling . . . no, no, has crumbled. When your savior is Sarah Palin and or Michael Steele, God is left far behind. Dead in the water! Gone are your glory days.

    February 22, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Ren of Baltimore

    Come on, CNN-you're really stretching this headline, aren't you? You no sooner state that "Palin's no-show ruffles" some feathers, when you suddenly quote her Democratic co-chair, Gov Schweitzer, as saying her doesn't blame her. And that, in fact, the NGA "restate(s) the obvious."

    Who's feathers are ruffled? Yours?

    Slow afternoon?

    February 22, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Simon

    At least the NGA saved on having to pay the fees of a professional interpreter to turn Palin's unintelligble speech pattern into intelligble English.

    February 22, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Kathy

    John King picked two good examples of Governors who have a common sense, pragmatic approach to serving the people of their states for his State of the Union show. Schweitzer and Schwarzenegger both said much the same thing – it comes down to getting things done for the people and drilling through political posturing. Let's hear more from them!

    February 22, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Kim

    Aw thanks Brian, but we're all happier when Sarah Palin stays put and out of the eye of the camera.

    February 22, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    There were so many governors there that Palin probably thought that she wouldn't get enough camera time 😉

    Now if she would just stay in Alaska for good, I'd be happy.

    February 22, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. lived9lives Southern Oregon

    Sarah's too busy! She's saving the Alaskan people who have been literally starving for 5 weeks. She's baking homemade cookies for them. She's opening Frankie Graham's limo to distribute all 3 day's worth of yummy processed food. She's carrying his racist bible so his conversion numbers increase. She's putting on her pit bull $6,000 lipstick and nail polish to wave good bye to his multi-million dollar private plane. Yep, she's busy – you betcha. Wink, click, pander...

    February 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. MK

    Why? So he can drool?

    February 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. pat C.

    count that as a blessing to you guys.

    February 22, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Gov Palin is a fast learner. Obama's travel to Canada may have helped prioritize her work. I'm not sure if travelling around the country campaigning is what the President of United States should be doing. Governors have met couple times before. This is the time for action not galavanting on Air Force One across important States for the next election. Recall the president for a show of no confidence.

    February 22, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    Not enough cameras for her.

    February 22, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Ray Fisher

    Being one of 50 governors does not a diva make!!! She cannot cavort with peers and maintain her crown.

    February 22, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Zeke

    Cause he's a pervert!

    February 22, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. frank

    And what would she have added other than another distraction? Yes she should have been there but one can't blame her for not showing: She would've been asked questions about that stimulus thing and the back taxes she owes.

    February 22, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Woody

    if Gov Palin was half as smart as she is beautiful, she'd probably have a chance in 2016.

    February 22, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. give us more Palin

    doesn't she have some taxes to evade


    animals to shoot from a helicopter


    govt. employees to fire who have slighted her


    wow she is too busy to go

    February 22, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. EVOLVE


    February 22, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Julianna

    Excuse me... Does United States of America really needs Mrs. Palin? Keep her out as she is needed by her growing family and mooses...

    February 22, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Howard

    Well, she's probably worried that she won't get per diem for the trip or that she might have to pay taxes on it if she does.

    February 22, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |

    She's such an airhead – why bother to invite her at all?

    February 22, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Patrick

    Her 15 minutes ending? Let us hope, and pray.

    February 22, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. TRUTH

    Cue the horrible comments from horrible liberals.

    February 22, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. alvino

    In all fairness, there are meth labs to be built in Alaska, wolves to shoot from helicopters, and, of course, its snowmobile season.

    February 22, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Keith

    Palin is posing for Playboy to help pay her back taxes for screwing over the Alaskan people.

    Do you really think Palin works to "work" with anyone??

    February 22, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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