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. Jim El Paso Tx.

    Wonder if he'll drag the kids along for a free meal...

    May 8, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Jim

    Unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable!

    May 8, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Pragmatic

    You have got to be kidding! Is Joe the Plumber also on the agenda? Isn't Todd a member of a group that wants Alaska to leave the Union – kind of a radical group?

    Down the rabbit hole with the white rabbit and on to wonderland! The GOP wonders what went wrong, and wonders what to do ... by the way – Eagle – the town that was flooded had a population of about 130 in the 2000 census... not quite as big as some other towns that faced flooding recently.

    May 8, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Tulsa

    He is relevant why?

    May 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. David

    Just when I thought the Republicans couldn't sink lower than Sarah Palin, now they've got the "First Dude" as filler.

    Why didn't they ask Joe the Plumber? Oh yeah, he left, said the party was hopeless or something. Apparently, Joe the Plumber not as moronic as he seems. Sarah Palin? Exactly as moronic.

    May 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter (Formerly Some Guy)

    I wonder if he knows that the reindeer fork is the big one to the left of the caribou spoon? Have a nice day!

    May 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Grandma Jeanne

    What an excuse. Couldn't she think of anything better than to send her husband.

    May 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. mario

    "I cannot Imagine why ?"

    May 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Ruty

    Oh no, not ANOTHER idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. John, Chicago

    That is good news to the roasters he might be better fodder than Sarah would have been.

    May 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Puff the Magic Dragon

    Oh, this is rich. What place does a non elected snowmobile flunky have at this event? Or is it all about keeping the Palin name in the headlines?
    Spare me.

    May 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. This stunt will not work

    First dude wasn't voted in to hold an elected position! Both of them or pitiful. Sarah wants to be POTUS so bad she's willing to do anything to keep her name in the news! Then she will blame the media and bloggers for the flooding and missing the dinner!

    This is the biggest facade ever! Now she wants to pretend she cares about AK. Sarah has got hold of the latest poll numbers in AK she falling fast. She can use this if she wants as her next campaign stomp slogan all she wants. She opened her mouth and people seen the beauty queen for what she is dumb period.

    Sarah, Sarah, we know you – so please attend the dinner – Your party don't want you around for real – so stop pretending to care about AK.

    You are a star remember! Forget the 2012 stump speech slogan. YaBetcha! You are cooked moose stew!

    May 8, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Jake

    why?

    May 8, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Bubba

    . . . because ANY governor would send their spouse on state business at state expense. What louts these Alaskans are!

    May 8, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Tom in Florida

    "First Dude"? This is beyond pathetic. Does he have a calendar too?

    May 8, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Grundoon

    We in Kansas had a First Dude first. Kathleen Sebilius' hubby became the first dude when she became our governor in 2002.

    May 8, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. gary davis

    this idiot needs to stay home and continue to try and take Alaska out of the United States like Bush wanted to do Texas

    pure Idiot. just like his wife

    he is a dink

    May 8, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Connie

    Why isn't LT Gov Parnell going instead of the first DUD?
    I didn't vote for the first DUD!

    May 8, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Mr. Magoo

    I heard he can jump his snowmobile across the Bering St. ITS THAT CLOSE!

    May 8, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Big Dog

    Hmmm. Something more to this story than meets the eye. Eagle Alaska has a population of 129 people, not exactly something that would keep the Gov from traveling. Plus, these people are Alaskans and tough. Stay tuned for the real story if some reporters do a little digging.

    May 8, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Tim

    Sarah is very fake! She knows that her numbers are down. Sarah this time is different – you have been vetted and you will lose next year! So go to the dinner – just stay away from the reporters and the bloggers will be happy! No I change that statement – Give a statement I need a laugh Ms. Reality Contestant and Jerry Springer all in one!

    May 8, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Spencer

    Seriously? Out of every other Republican that actually holds an office, they are sending one of the most irrelevant characters possible? Keep it up, Republicans. There won't be anyone in the party by the end of the summer.

    May 8, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. rearden215

    The joke people just never go away, do they?

    May 8, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Expat American

    First Dude/OctoMom 2012

    May 8, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Gerald

    WOW – the fun never ends with these people. Please Palin run for President ........Republicans need to be shamed one more time.

    May 8, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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