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. AP in Illinois

    Miss M May 8th, 2009 5:52 pm ET – StuckinmoderationMari – 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.

    Sounds a lot like the GOP's entire political strategy.

    Wondering what you thought of Obama ordering a hamburger at lunch and asking for Dijon mustard. Several conservatives were amazingly finding fault with that. That is just the tip of the iceberg. I could go on...

    May 8, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Will he give a speech in " DUDE "?

    May 8, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. The Real Slim Shady

    Miss California would have been a better subsitute.

    May 8, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. sharon, newport news, virginia

    The only reason she is the least bit concerned about flooding in Alaska is because the latest polls show that her popularity has dropped from 85% in September to 54%. She is also getting a lot of negative reactions from Alaskans. Were they both invited or just her??????? If just her, then that is tacky to send him. Better yet maybe she could send one of those jerks from Fox because I am sure none of them are invited since it includes journalists and adjective that does not descrobe any of them

    May 8, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. FactCheck

    Um... yeah... that flooding took place last weekend and she had already done her due diligence of visiting declared disaster areas on Wednesday.

    May 8, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. James

    I recently was in Wasilla, AK...its nothing more than TRAILER TRASH. So, The 1st Dude and his full family, take your trailer trash back to Wasilla and stay there!! No one cares about you or your bastard grandchild.

    Your daughter is just like your wife, knocked up before marriage! (Check it out folks, Sarah was knocked up before marriage!)

    May 8, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. andree

    well i think she made a very good decision she has to take care of business and Todd is ok he is a very nice men why not ?
    she cannot be there and be in alaska at the same time good for him!

    May 8, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. AK R Woman

    Yes, we do have a Lt. Gov, but never see or hear from him. He's perfectly capable of filling in for our lovely Gov, but why send someone we elected when she can send family?!

    May 8, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. andree

    there is so many jalous people !my god he is helping his wife so what the big thing about it ,be supportive

    May 8, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Felix

    Just when you thought the Republicans couldn't do anything more absurd they do.

    May 8, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. gl, Pittsburgh

    Yea, she is not fix to be in the same room as the President and neither is her husband.

    May 8, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. dan

    I"ll bet that the 5 people who live in Eagle, Alaska are happy.

    May 8, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. Clariece Chapman

    I think that is wonderful that he can step in and speak
    for his wife.
    I am so proud of him!

    May 8, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. northofdenali

    Well, Sarah did her flyover of Eagle. Didn't land. Won't file for federal help until "all the spring flooding" is done (that will be well into most other state's summer). Eagle, meanwhile, has lost everything – clinic, downtown, most homes, fuel, food........

    Didn't need flyby governorship, Sarah, 4 days too late and a VP candidate too short.

    May 8, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. fritz

    Who cares? Really, what does this matter in the least?

    May 8, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. IsyFleur

    You gotta admit: Todd is one step up from Joe the Plumber! ...OK, half a step...

    May 8, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. Simmy

    Shouldn't the Lt. Gov. be next in line? If not him, no one?

    May 8, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. w.l. jones

    I once fell off a log crossing a mole hill. Boy this take the cake off every thing in politics.

    May 8, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. Barbara

    And who cares?? Two Palins do not make a "RIGHT"! What a Joke!

    May 8, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. Mark in Omaha

    Nepotism and corruption is alive and well at the Palin household. How is this bozo qualified? The whole Palin clan needs to get over it's sense of entitlement and go away.

    May 8, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. Flex

    He'll take the extra rare piece. If you have something that is breathing, even better!

    May 8, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. Patriot

    Count the silverware before they leave.

    May 8, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. Expat American

    Palin looks like she just messed up yet another one-liner zinger....you doggone betcha. And this woman wants to be President? Oh, I forgot she has more executive experience....that's right.

    Maybe she can donate some of the $150K undies that she bought herself during her hate campaign to that town that is flooded.

    May 8, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. Joyce

    It's NOT at the White House, it's held in a large hotel in Wash.DC
    The term "White House Correspondent's Dinner" means it's for the newspeople who cover The White House.
    And this certaintly is not State's business, it's a banquet for newspeople. With the media/Palin hate affair, I'm surprised she was invited and she accepted.

    May 8, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. steve

    Couldn't care less. I wish the Palins would go away.

    May 8, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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