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. Emma, San Jose

    Is Sarah sending him to see what the Republicans say about her? How does she want him to represent her? Does she think this will be good press? It seems strange and indeed curious.

    May 8, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. German,Irish American

    For those of you who worry about the cost, it is paid for by Sarah-Pac, thats donations, unlike the $328,000 of taxpayer money that Obama spent for a photo op with Air Force One that scared the hell out of New Yorkers. And lets see, Todd Palin is dumb, a moron, and trash, along with his wife and kids, according to the liberal Democrats on this site. Todd Palin is part Eskimo, that would be Native American, so I guess that makes all the liberals on this site racists and bigots for the name calling doesn't it? I didn't realize that Obama could cause such hate mongering from his loyal supporters, and quickly turn his party into the party of hate and intolerance.

    May 8, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Ron San Bruno, Ca

    This is how Sara deals with the Lower 48, she doesn't .

    May 8, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. Oregon

    Wasilla Cowgirl

    Well why don't you tell us what that sordid story is, I mean if you know why not get the scoop.

    May 8, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Frank in Ohio

    Typical GOP tripe. This is the "dude" that was a member of the Alaskan Succession Party. Yet Palin has the audacity to let him represent the Governor in a national dinner. Take the trash out and burn it it. To you GOPers here that means let her go as the nation will NEVER accept this hillbilly princess.

    May 8, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. Richard L

    Wow! The Republicans must be getting really serious about SECESSION.

    May 8, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. Hubert

    Why is this even news????

    May 8, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Jack in KY

    Wasilla Cowgirl, your post is so intriguing. Do tell more. When is the truth going to come out? Who's going to break this story you're talking about? I can't wait.

    May 8, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. mzbond

    This is an unending laughing joke of the GOP. Please keep these people out of national politics.

    May 8, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. JJ

    It just gets better and better...a carnival with no price of admission.

    May 8, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Mark

    Awesome! Loving the Palins!!!

    May 8, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. pam Eugene OR

    Sarah really is doing the right thing at last. It is so hard to be nice to her under any situation.
    I think all the Dems are having a hard time forgiving her for all the hate and division she brought to the last campaign. I know I am.

    May 8, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. Kate in San Diego

    Sorry Hoosiermama – "Christians" (and I use the term loosly) DO think they are better than everyone else. Why else would they insist we all have to believe what they believe?

    May 8, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. hoosiernews

    Incredible. All of these posts and not a single coherent or constructive thought from the left or the right. No wonder then that my country is going to Hades in a handbag. You are all going to vitriol your selves to death.

    May 8, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. David Chacon from Alaska

    Another decision by Gov. Palin that has made our entire state retch.

    May 8, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Greg

    Doesn't Alaska have a Lieutenant Governor? Or a Secretary of State? Or a Speaker of the House? Since when is an elected official's spouse a suitable replacement for that official? Oh yeah, when that spouse takes it upon himself to fill in for many of the official's other duties, as well.

    May 8, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Darin

    They are all a big joke. He's a first moron, not a first dude.

    May 8, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. Ula Nejad-Sacramento ,Ca

    Smart move. Learning all about strange bed fellows when in office. Good for Sarah. Loyal confidants are hard to come by. Not bad.

    May 8, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. Merle

    Thats "Hot First Dude" to YOU CNN!!

    May 8, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. Mario in Texas

    And how much is this costing the taxpayers of Alaska?

    May 8, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Between Todd and Sarah and the Republican Party, this is what lack of education brings you, the illiterate and uneducated. Mess around with them and our children will be just like them, but not mine.

    May 8, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  22. Ain't life strange?

    It's not that she's doing the right thing by staying in Alaska during this flood disaster, but she is fully aware of the shock waves her leaving would cause. If there was a way for her to go she'd be there in a heart beat; floods or no floods.

    May 8, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. SD,Michigan

    Tod Palin aka "First Dude", aka "El Duderino", aka "His Dudeness"...can he even speak? Never heard him say anything before...thought he was just one of the "props".

    May 8, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. cb in Austin

    The Palins are more like the typical US family than all of the other country club, millionaire politicians in Washington D.C. combined. Love her or hate her, she can relate to the average American family's problems...

    May 8, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. Dave of the mountains

    Oh my gosh fellow democrats, we better run for the hills since the "first dude" is coming? The GOP is in deep trouble. I feel like I'm watching an alcoholic trying to con everybody at the bar they are recovering.

    May 8, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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