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. gl, Pittsburgh

    First Dude/OctoMom 2012

    May 8, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. pam Eugene OR

    I guess the first dud wants to get some use out of the suit the RNC bought him.

    May 8, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Martie

    What a bunch of mean spirited people who write here – must be all Dems with nothing better to do!!

    If a woman represented her husband ie Michelle baby then you Dems would be falling all over yourselves saying how wonderful it is.

    What a pathetic group you are and so liberal....

    May 8, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Gilley in PA

    Man there are some haters on here. Dang!

    May 8, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. Bill Nancy, Ky

    Do you suppose that Todd could be as shallow as Sarah?

    May 8, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. Irene Adler

    Doesn't Alaska have a Lieutenant Governor? Shouldn't he be representing Alaska at official functions if the governor is unavailable? And, was not Mr. Todd Palin a member of the Alaska Independence Party, which advocates separating from the United States?

    May 8, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Dee, NJ

    The Gov and Todd, The Dum and Dumer! He's can eat, and no talking tonight at the Dinner! WAY?

    May 8, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. Irene Adler

    And, although the flooding in Eagle is devastating, the population of Eagle is less than 200. It seems questionable that all of a sudden Sarah is interested in Alaska, right about when her popularity starts to sink. Where has she been the rest of the year?

    May 8, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Robert

    Alaska will be in a constant "state of emergency" until Palin leaves office.

    May 8, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. Lysh

    I'm a Dem, voted for Obama, can't stand Palin. But people trying to demonize Palin for not attending this function due to taking care of business in Alaska are lowering themselves to the likes of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Stay mainstream, stay unbiased, and we will move this country forward.

    May 8, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  11. Ric

    is this the joe sixpack she keeps talking about?

    May 8, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. Only 21% of Americans trust republicans to lead them into the 21st century!

    Hey, let's give Todd a break!

    He is very qualified to be at an event celebrating journalists, after all he sleeps next to someone who finally got a degree in journalism after 5 years!

    May 8, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. Leah j

    Babygate is even worse than troopergate. I've never seen a someone with so many gates!!

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

    Wow, putting an avowed secessionist on a pedestal is not a very bright strategy for a diminishing party.

    Face it, its just an insult to Americans for the GOP to recognize this wingnut – Joe the Plumber has more integrity than this clown and Joe just quit the Republican party.

    I guess its hard to get anyone to stand up for Republicans anymore.

    May 8, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Sam I Am

    The events that "The First Dud" (yes, I spelled it right) has been tapped to go to are usually reserved for the best and the brightest. Is this the best and the brightest that Alaska has to offer? No wonder the state and the GOP are in so much trouble. Hopefully someone has taught him not to eat with his hands.

    May 8, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Barbara Campbell

    ... and his credentials are?????????

    May 8, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. gorefan

    During the campaign the right jumped on Obama for saying he supported abortion because he wouldn't want to punish his daughter for "making a mistake." Remember "its a baby not a mistake"

    In his recent Today Show interview, Todd Palin said that his daughter Bristol "made a mistake."

    Still waiting for the right to correct him.

    May 8, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. John, Marion VA

    Can you imagine what would be said if she attended the dinner, meetings, and mixers while the people of her state have lost houses, items, and perhaps loved ones. People would be saying "how could she be so irresponsible!" She is were she needs to be attending to the state affairs. I have no issues sending her husband. I own my business and recently there was a conference I needed to attend. And while I could not leave the office to to client issues I sent my Mother in my place to gather the information and to express my concerns. Sounds strange? well guess you gotta do what you gotta do to get things done.

    May 8, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. Frank Lee

    Whoa! What happened here? Was Joe the plumber too busy making house calls to attend?

    May 8, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. JIM CARTER

    Mr. Dude will be there just to show you idot"s that class he has and you are so dumb. Your posts are so stupid. God save our nation from your thinking. Why don't you come up with something that is positive to all of us. However, that's beyong your moran capeabilities.

    May 8, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. sparky

    May be more brain cells in Todd than Sarah

    May 8, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. mcrocker

    why does anything involving sarah palin drive the left SO nuts? sending her husband to an event to fill in is EXACTLY the same as Bill Clinton sending his wife to fill in for him. Hillary was able to become Senator and then Secretary of State without ANY prior experience except living in the white house. maybe todd can be a governor by living the in governor's mansion? i hope sarah palin runs for president, wins and drives you all crazy for 8 years. cant be any worse than the current democratic offering.

    May 8, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. White

    I think it is great that Todd is filling in for Sarah. I can see her reluctance in going since a state of emergency was declared in her state. It is a great idea to have her spouse attend to thank the people that believe in them and supported her as Vice President. And it is honorable of him to go and represent his wife and others that appreciate them. I wish she was Vice President or President right now.

    May 8, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. Alaska Bruce

    Being from Alaska, I can assure you if your allegence is to the Democratic Party-don't fret over our "first dude" heading to DC-he and his wife-mentor are the best vote getters the D's can have.

    May 8, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. The Death of America by Obama

    wow, you are so good looking.

    May 8, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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