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. LouAZ

    I think this husband, father, and snow mobile rider is intellectually qualified to represent the current Gov. of Alaska at this fine gathering of the Flat Eart Party. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of fellows !

    May 8, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. JG

    just an empty seat with a name tag on it would have been fine.

    May 8, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. Democrat turned Republican

    Bring down some exorcists from Alaska for the democrats! Evidently they spent too many years (what is it, 20?) listening to Rev. Wright. Democrats really have too much time on their hands to write on message boards, the real taxpayers must be republicans. I'm glad to join the Republican party!

    May 8, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Miss M

    StuckinmoderationMari – This article is not about Bush and it's not about the election. It is about Gov. Palin opting to stay in her state and help with record flooding rather then going to public events. That's it. Those of you finding fault with that are short-sighted, mean-spirited and have an uncanny ability to ignore the positive traits in people who you don't agree with politically - that's a rather dangerous combination of personality traits.

    May 8, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. WhoCares?

    "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."

    Democrats out of touch with reality?

    hehe...Not that's some Irony coming from a Rethugican.

    Enjoy your 21%.

    May 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    lol...my first thought...they must be serving Moose.

    May 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. marcus2

    Todd is coming to the Lower 48? He's the guy who was a member of a secessionist party. You can't make this stuff up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Keefe in Florida

    In fairness....

    As much as I can't stand that woman, I think her family should be off limits in terms of passing judgement....

    With that said, Sarah Palin, just the mere mention of her name makes me have headaches......

    The day we never have to hear the Name Sarah Palin will be a day of redemption......

    May 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. hoosiermama

    Why is it that you liberals care so much? If the republican party is pathetic and irrelevant, then it should be a non issue. Also, why do liberals bash people in a personal manner. It makes you look ignorant and mean. What exactily does Sarah Palin have to be ashamed of I ask? She grew up middle class. She became a wife and mother. She saw problems with the school system so she ran for and won school board president. She saw problems in her town and became mayor of Wasilla. She then became governor of Alaska. If that was your wife or sister, I bet you would be very proud. She has normal problems and is a normal person. Christians do not in any way feel they are better than others. Just the opposite in fact. They seek guidance from God for life's troublespots. Those of you bashing her should seek to better your community the way she has done. At the very least get out of your parent's basement. Sorry, couldn't help myself. I am soooo not perfect.

    May 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Michael

    LEAVE THE PALINS ALONG! I love when they are in the news.

    They never seemed to disappoint us with entertainment. We need the Laugher – Thank You Sarah – you keep me from stressing about my debt!

    May 8, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. tony

    Why would tax cuts hurt the economy? Because their one very clear effect was to increase the budget deficit. Combined with spending on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a huge new prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients, the cuts helped drive the annual deficit to a peak of nearly $413 billion in 2004. Last year, it dwindled to $162 billion. But the nation's cumulative debt has nearly doubled since Bush took office and now exceeds $9 trillion.

    "If tax cuts aren't paid for, the extra debt hurts the economy more than any direct benefit from the tax cuts," said Jason Furman, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton who is now at the Brookings Institution. "If you cut taxes without cutting spending, you're just shifting taxes to the future."

    There is little disagreement among most economists on that point. Even the Bush Treasury Department found that failing to cut government spending commensurate with the tax cuts would leave the cuts with a "negligible effect" on the economy, Carroll said.

    May 8, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. Seattle Sue

    Can the First Dude speak. I have never heard him, but I must have missed that or what he had to say was not that important.

    May 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. tony

    who cares

    May 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. elliott

    Love the Palins......I know we'll hear more from them as time goes by...watch out liberals! HA ha ha

    May 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Really?????

    Who is paying for his trip? I guess he does not have to work. It must be nice to be a kept man. Just keep yourself in shape and give her sex when she wants it. The first dude is living the life! All of us suckers have to go to work everyday.

    May 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. gary davis

    the word is DINK DINK and married to a DINK

    the republicans are shooting them selves in the foot again and again even having either of the Dinks be involved in anything

    May 8, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. OHIO here

    wow I am in shock The time is right for a new party to emerge and Roger Rabbit can take the lead. Go away with all Palin news It is beyond the scope of sense and reason. I guess Todd sleeps with the right woman to get in important places I have to laugh but really what has happened to the serious?,

    May 8, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. Frank, Las Vegas

    Not surprised that "a Palin" would jump at a free trip from Fix News, a big event, being featured on Fix News probably all weekend. I guess Joe the Plumber was fix's next choice if they couldn't get a Palin, but he just announced on Thursday that he was quitting the GOP or something to that affect. So I guess Fix News lucked out, if you can call it that. Will they all be sitting at a table with a place card that says "Idiots" ?

    May 8, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. MartiM, Plano, TX

    Eeewwwwwwwwwww!

    May 8, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. me again

    If she did go to DC for the correspondent's dinner and the GOP fundraiser while her state was in a state of emergency - that too would be widely criticized. Staying in Alaska is exactly what she should be doing now ... doesn't matter if you agree with her politically.

    Those who are criticizing Palin for not attending these public events don't care about the facts ... they just like to hurl insults because for some reason it makes them feel better about themselves.

    May 8, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Chuck-Washington State

    Is the RNC buying Todd Dude a new suit for this?

    May 8, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Oregonian

    Yeah, I'm sure the donors who committed $25,000+ to their cause are lining up to see Todd

    May 8, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. Chris in Va.

    @ DJ in the Silicon forest......CNN probably isn't posting your comments because you are an irrelevant conspiracy theorist moron with nothing to contribute.

    May 8, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Will they be serving moose chili there? Or mooseburgers?? And don't forget the Tums and Beano!!!

    May 8, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. SilentBoy741

    Well, I guess Jeff Foxworthy was busy, so they just took the next redneck that would fit into the suit...

    May 8, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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