March 23rd, 2009
12:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin ally denies politics behind stimulus decision

Does Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin actually plan to reject the stimulus money?

Does Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin actually plan to reject the stimulus money?

(CNN) - A top ally of Alaska governor Sarah Palin denied that politics were behind her decision last week to turn down federal stimulus dollars, but said that the governor and her staff examined how other top conservative governors with national ambitions - including Louisiana's Bobby Jindal and South Carolina's Mark Sanford - had pursued alternatives to the president's financial recovery plan.

Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell told reporters on Friday that "there were no political, you know, campaign or candidacy type issues that arose" during internal discussions about whether to say no the federal money. "It was pure policy," he said, in a video recorded by the Anchorage Daily News.

Asked if Jindal's or Sanford's name came up during discussions about how to approach the stimulus money, Parnell said it was necessary for the governor's staff to look at their approaches.

Parnell said "we had to lay out the options for the governor, you know, take it all, take part of it, take none it. It was in that context that we said, what are the options here, and you get options from Nevada, from Louisiana, from South Carolina to Massachusetts."

But he rejected the notion that Palin was shadowing the moves of any potential 2012 rival.

"There was no guiding of the process by anybody other than real Alaskans thinking and serving real Alaskans," he said.

But does Palin actually plan to reject the stimulus money?

Parnell seemed to hedge on that front, saying that the governor hasn't officially turned down the money, and that her announcement last week that she would only accept about half of the money was intended to spark a broader discussion about spending.

"The ultimate decision hasn't been made yet," he said of the stimulus funds.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Mike

    If she doesn't take it, her legislature probably will vote to accept it....and then she still gets to say she was against it. Then she'll rush to blow it all on some project that benefits her supporters.

    March 23, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. PAUL

    Palin 's decision going to backfire. Alaskans deserve nothing better.

    March 23, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Lexie

    None of Sarah's decisons have panned-out for her. Too bad, she's in for anothe failure.

    March 23, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Brian Crooks

    Wait, wait, wait. "Politics weren't involved, but we evaluated how other conservative governors with national ambitions responded"? Oxymoron much? How come CNN hasn't reported that she plans to turn down money specifically designated for special needs children?

    March 23, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. alvino

    Just like the bridge to nowhere, she will say, "No Thanks!" to the stimulus money long after she has spent it all.

    Looks like she wants to be like Bobby and Mark when she grows up.

    March 23, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. tom

    Palin continues to deny children with special needs, the poor, jobless and those needing healthcare any funds to help them.
    She may need to be impeached for malfeasance of office.

    March 23, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. ConsiderThis, FL

    A totally political move. She doesn't want to do something different from all of the other republican presidential wannabees, so that during a campaign, she won't be attacked. Enough has been said about Sarah Palin. SHE'LL NEVER BE PRESIDENT OR VP! NEVER! EVER! NEVER! AMERICA IS BEYOND PALIN!

    March 23, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Laverne

    The problem with Sarah Palin is that she is really a follower and NOT a leader. She wants to lead, but has no leadership qualities and very little knowledge about things that matter. It is her perogative to not accept all the federal money, but it strikes me that she only voiced this since her other republican governor friends took that stand. She has not learned yet that being authentic is at least knowing why you are not accepting the monies.

    March 23, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. tim

    right.... at the expense of her constituents.

    March 23, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. S Callahan

    lol....now this is 'really out of touch'.....you're whole role is political....
    how can you say....no politics involved.....where does that make sense??? lol

    March 23, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    So much for Booby Jingle's quip about "something called 'volcano monitoring'" huh? So are the funds dedicated to volcano monitoring part of what Palin is refusing to accept from the Stimulus Plan?

    "Mount Redoubt was also ready to blow up also and I also told that volcano 'thanks but no thanks,' you betcha also"

    March 23, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. debbie

    So she's not going to take the money, except for the money she takes. The posturing didn't help Jindal and it won't help Palin. And it's also going to blow up in Rick Perry's face. Gee, what a shame.

    March 23, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Jim

    If it wasn't politics it was just plain disregard for the people of Alaska. Either way .... dumb big time.

    March 23, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Is it 2013 yet?

    Obama is failing miserably, need to post Palin story and make it look like she did something wrong, need to protect the "one we helped elect".

    Day by day, I am being proven correct as are the "other" 48 percent of Americans that were not fooled by his fluff with no stuff candidacy.

    He had never run a business, a city or a state and the only thing he can run is his "mouth" and ask the Special needs children how well he does that without his uh, uh, uh "binkyprompter".

    One and done Barry.

    March 23, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |