May 9th, 2009
09:35 AM ET
5 years ago

Todd Palin to fill in for wife at DC dinner

Todd Palin will take his wife's spot this weekend in DC.
Todd Palin will take his wife's spot this weekend in DC.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Todd Palin, the husband of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, will fill in for the former Republican vice presidential candidate this weekend at a series of high profile events, a Palin spokesperson confirms to CNN.

Palin, also known as Alaska's "first dude," will take his wife's spot Saturday at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the annual Washington event that draws a guest list of prominent journalists and Hollywood celebrities.

He will also appear at a Republican Governor's Association dinner Friday night, an event his wife was set to co-host as a thank you to donors who had contributed at least $25,000 to the organization.

The Alaska governor decided Thursday not to travel to Washington after declaring a state of emergency in Eagle, Alaska in the wake of record flooding.


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  1. JON

    To all the RIGHT REPUBS. It's not that we don't like the Palin Family it's just that we can't stand her. Her attacks since the convention were way out of line . It was more like taking points from Hannity or Rush then someone truly wanting to be VP . She talks about family values and in her own family you have 17 year old having a baby and the baby's father mother selling drugs. You talk about shady goverment and her owm state takes her to the woodshed. Now she needs a fund to pay for her lawyers. She would be great on FOX ... THE PALIN SHOW that way all the far right will have something more to watch then Beck and Hannity to get their daily BS from.

    May 8, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. HonestMistake

    It would be OK for Michelle Obama to represent her husband; or Maria Shriver to attend for hers; probably OK for Caroline to go in Uncle Teddy's place. But this is completely wrong. What a bunch of liberal hypocrites.

    May 8, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. Eileen from Maine

    Eagle Alaska has a population of 129. Almost as many as my condo development.

    May 8, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    These folks won't go away.... kinda fun though... :) to have them to laugh at....

    May 8, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. Crabby

    If all you Democrats want her to go away, why does the liberal media keep bringing her into the limelight and all of you commenting on her and her actions?

    It seems to me if you really wanted her to go away, the liberal media would quit doing stories about her and then all of you guys could go back and get your news from the celebrity news shows.

    May 8, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  6. Beverly in NC

    How embarrassing Todd's appearance will be for Alaska. He does not even have a high school diploma and cannot speak in complete sentences. He uses bad grammar and is very out of his league when he leaves the seclusion of Alaska.

    He does represent the Republican Party base well. He is uneducated, ignorant, can't speak or write correct English, and just does as he is told since he is unable to think for himself. When things don't go his way, he joins a Successionist Party to remove Alaska as a State.

    The whole Palin family is the perfect example of "stupid is as stupid does". Dumb as dirt.

    May 8, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. Oh Puleeeeze.......

    He's kinda' cute.... who is he??

    May 8, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. hm,florida

    classic palin once again. she's again a NO SHOW. and he's now the first dude???they really do live in their own little bubble, don't they???

    May 8, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  9. gary davis

    wonder if he is the the one who runs the state or is she the one

    both are not qualified to do anything but be carpet baggers. and the state of Alaska has been doupted into thinking Palin's are qualified

    with all the oil money being given out each year the state shouldn't need any federal money. funny thing is also if you live out of the state all you have to do is spend 2 weeks in Alaska each year and you get your share of the oil money .so poeple go around christmas and leave just after new year . what a ripe off .

    May 8, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. RVdave

    Wasilla Cowgirl – If you're right, there's an opportunity for Levi to not only settle some scores, but become VERY rich. I hope he has a good lawyer and agent.

    May 8, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Pat in IL

    If Sarah Palin needs to stay in Alaska and at least pretend to do "governor things", that's one thing. But sending her goofy husband to these events in her place is one of the most inappropriate things I've heard of in a long time. The elected Leutenant Governor (what's his or her name?) should be attending in her place....especially the Governor's Association dinner. Does cold Alaskan air do something to the judgement part of the brain?

    May 8, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    FOX NEWS has three seats reserved for this dinner. One for Palin and two for Limbaugh. OUCH

    May 8, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. Crabby

    Hey bob j,

    They would go away if the idiotic media would quit reporting their every move. Haven't you figured that out yet, but they need people to read their stories and make comments. Quit taking an interest in the Palins (negative or positive) and they'll have to report on someone else.

    May 8, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. bill b. from Stratford,Ct

    Who really cares about these hillbillies, no one but those stupid racist right wing nuts. Palin is a joke, so please CNN stop reporting on this TREASONESS woman. He wanted to separate Alaska from the U.S. and now he's in the White House, just like an Republican, ((((( HYPOCRITE ))))

    May 8, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. Jean

    But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed, when the roar of the crowd fades away, when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot...

    ... when that happens, what exactly is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet?

    The answer - the answer is to make government bigger, and take more of your money, and give you more orders from Washington, and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. – SP

    May 8, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. GOPBslapper

    Why should the other 49 States have anything to do with a guy who wants to succeed from the United States? Alaska by the way receives
    $1.84 back for every dollar they pay in Federal taxes.
    The lower 49 ought to strip that amount back to $1 and ask for repayment of the rest.
    Red States receive on average $1.32 for every dollar they pay in Federal taxes.
    Blue states receive .92 on average for every dollar they pay in.
    Looks like the Blue states are paying Welfare to support the Reds.

    May 8, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. CMG

    Nothing about this family surprises me any longer.

    May 8, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  18. lilly

    i think she is just trying to make herself look good. but its really sad,she is just letting the people down that voted for and gave money, its like she is saying i dont. i didnt like her any ways, she is fake

    May 8, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Well that should be quite interesting. Even more redneck than Sarah herself. I feel very bad for all those people that have to sit and listen to him ramble on about all those elk he's killed from the helicopter and about how he got drunk the other night and went "muddin."

    May 8, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  20. Angry in Indiana

    While I don't support Gov. Palin's politics I do agree that her place is in her state and not at some DC dinner. I think they could have picked a better representative than Todd Palin, but this time I giving her some slack.

    May 8, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  21. Jonathan

    Who cares? Alaska's two worst jokes.

    May 8, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. Art Michaelson

    This is an annual White House correspondent's dinner. The MEDIA moguls are invited to attend and allowed to bring along a guest(s). The FOX NEWS (Murdoch) has a table. They could have brought along RUSH (the mouth) it Murdoch wanted but chose to invite that PEA BRAIN from ALASKA. Why FIRST DUDE is sitting in for her I cannot imagine other than to keep the PALIN name in view. What a lot of BOVINE SCATTAR.

    May 8, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. trish

    Can anyone explain why the First Dud is going in her place? Shouldn't the Lt Gov be the one to take her place?

    ::THUD::

    May 8, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  24. ginger

    And, the Lt. Gov.'s role in Alaska is? He should have replaced Gov. Palin, not Todd. She continues to embarass us Alaskans. Her poll ratings are way down...right at 50% approval rate and steadedly declining.

    May 8, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  25. Jean

    What a shame. Looking forward to seeing pictures of Gov. Palin hanging out with FOX News journalists and chatting it up with Rupert Murdoch and wife at the WHCD

    That would have driven the corrupt MSM nuts.

    May 8, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
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