May 9th, 2009
09:35 AM ET
6 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. CF

    If there's record flooding in Alaska it serves them right for their rape of the environment. But go ahead, keep insisting there is no climate change.

    May 8, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Mickie

    Well, why not replace one idiot with another?

    May 8, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Flush Rush

    He's the one calling the shots anyway. Call him Sara Palin's brain.

    May 8, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Proud American

    I just knew someone from the hillbillies was going to show up.

    May 8, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. jimii

    Ms P makes a further mockery of politics, 1st her 18 yr old daughter has a baby out of wedlock, while the possible mom in law gets busted for dealing drugs, then after said daughter says not teaching sex ed is a mistake she does an about face and becomes a spokesperson for no sex before marriage ($) – and now Dad sits in for the elected Gov. of the state at an official function – truly a family affair – but shucks, she is just like the rest of us. The Palins belong on the Jerry Springer show and please God.

    if we as Americans would ever be dumb enough to elect her to higher office it would be like confusing W with Lincoln, or even worse if that is possible. Maybe she & Rush should have a love child and call him Extreme. Life is stranger than fiction and Palin should go back to blasting poor wolves from her seat in the helicopter.

    It would be so healthy for this country if the Republicans could move towards the middle instead of being taken over by a nuch of crazy fanatics.

    May 8, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. 0nce upon a horse

    I'm sure if President Obama had an engagement and sent Michelle instead the far right Limbaugh lovers would have a field day with it. But seeing that this is Gov. Palin I guess it's ok.

    May 8, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. WhoCares?

    Let's see if he shows up at some Sporting Event so we can see the real reason he went. I hope the media basically follows him with a camera.

    May 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Maybe they could bring in Joe the Plummer to team up with the First Dude. Now that would be entertaining!

    May 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. kman821

    Cut her a freakin' break for Pete's sake ... she's staying behind to help fill sandbags on the frontline! Dude would stay and du it, but his lambago is flaring up!

    May 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. No. VA Conservative

    Man, you guys are so grumpy! The Dems do that same exact things when it comes to functions. Give it a rest already . . . you won, remember?

    May 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Alaskan Girl

    The point is that it is inappropriate for him to be doing this!! Would any other governor send their spouse!!?? Give an example if you think this ok of when a spouse stood in.
    Alaska is NOT a monarchy with a royal family

    May 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. William

    Lord, when will we see the backside of this trashy woman and her dysfunctional family. It's good to know that there are ridiculous rednecks outside of the South!

    May 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Mike

    Maybe she backed out because she found out she was going to be seated next to Katie Couric.

    May 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. Dana2-MO

    McCain is still kicking himself for introducing her to the US. The AK voters should be ashamed of themselves for voting the dimwit in an elected position – now she thinks she is Presidental material.

    I sick of hearing about the Palins. They are not what we Republican's stand for in family values. Please go away. We have a smart women in the WH. LET ME SAY IT.... HRC IS HAPPY AND IS DOING A GREAT JOB!

    Go Away Ms. want-to-be Beauty Queen Please!

    May 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. WhoCares?

    Isn't there a Caps/Penguins game in Wash. on Saturday?

    May 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Florida Joe

    He must want to push his idea for Alaska to leave the union.........

    Lt Gov must be busy

    May 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. vet in texas

    Wow, she decided to stay and help the constituents of her state during a flood.....she couldn't be a republican based on their response to flooding during Katrina.......Go get em Tina Fey!

    Tina Fey 2012

    May 8, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Joe

    Wait a min.

    I thought he wanted Alaska to be it's Own Country?

    he should be in jail for treason !

    May 8, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. cj

    come on. Liberals love to say Palin is a media pig.. but if your honest with yourselves, she only left the state 3 or 4 times since the election and didn't talk to press in any of those cases. Furthermore, the Palin's were INVITED to this event by Fox News... They didn't invite the Lt. Gov. Todd would have been there with her had she been there. This is just one of those attempts to make her look bad. I'm not saying she doesn't have some PR issues, but please.. I have honestly never seen a "news" organization focus on a single individual like this before.... Palin sneezes... Palin goes to the potty... Palin shoveled snow.... It's about 1 thing. Crazy people love to comment on Palin and CNN knows this.. Therefore it gaureentees visits to their site..

    May 8, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. David S. Robins

    So now Sarah is sending out her trash pappy to teach her trailer trash values to the Republicans. It's OK, they're both fully experienced and qualified in this area.

    May 8, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. IndependantForever

    People, seriously, do you ever think things through or do you let CNN and the Dems do all your thinking for you??? I know most of you will never get it, but I'll try to use small words for you

    This event is "White House Correspondents' Dinner, the annual Washington event that draws a guest list of prominent journalists and Hollywood celebrities." Read that through, maybe a couple times for you slow folks. He's extremely popular in Alaska and he'll fit right in with the celebs and journalists. Yes, read it again, HOLLYWOOD CELEBS and JOURNALISTS... Where does it say that the Gov or Lt Gov should be representing? Use a little common sense, if you are able.

    You Dems are becoming more of a joke than ever. Your obsession with the Palins is a prime example of how out of touch you are with reality.

    May 8, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Right

    @Dan – I have always said that from day one. That's why he was able to sit in on meetings he is the true decision maker for her job! Now the world knows and he had to stop attending mtgs and being emailed. YaBetcha – He is the man behind her empire.

    She has the degree and he doesn't! The AK voters need to rid themselves of this family and fast.

    May 8, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. G in Seattle

    Hey! Give the first dude a break guys. At least he doesn't wander around flapping his gums in front of a mic. like JTP does. He is quite and deserves a decent free meal or two. ALSO.

    May 8, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. Jaimon

    People seriously need to actually read the article. Does anyone seriously believe a governor SHOULD attend political dinners in DC while their home state faces a 'state of emergency'?

    May 8, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. FastEddie626

    Who cares who goes. One Palin is ONE too many

    May 8, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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