June 8th, 2009
06:31 PM ET
5 years ago

Source: Palin expected to appear at GOP fundraising dinner

Although the governor had a standing invitation to attend as a guest, Republicans didn't have a clue if Palin would show up, with just hours left until the event was set to begin.
Although the governor had a standing invitation to attend as a guest, Republicans didn't have a clue if Palin would show up, with just hours left until the event was set to begin.

WASHINGTON (CNN)–A Republican official involved in the planning for Monday night's major GOP fundraising dinner tells CNN that the Alaska governor is "expected to attend" the event "and will be sitting with Sen. John Cornyn and his wife at their table."

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of internal GOP politics, said Palin is not expected to make formal remarks but will be recognized during the program.

A Palin spokeswoman refused to confirm whether the governor planned to attend the event.

The report is the latest headline-grabber out of what was intended to be a low-key trip to the East Coast, out of the glare of the national media. Instead, the Alaska governor has found herself in the political hot seat once again.


With Palin in Washington on Monday attending to state business, Republicans on Capitol Hill had been left wondering if she would make an appearance at the party's high-profile dinner on Monday night, after a late attempt to have her speak at the event appeared to fall through.

Although the governor had a standing invitation to attend as a guest, Republicans didn't have a clue if Palin would show up, with just hours left until the event was set to begin.

Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, had personally reached out to Palin to offer her a seat at his table tonight, according to an aide. But as of earlier in the afternoon, he had not heard back.

A GOP official involved in the planning of the event characterized the situation Monday as just "a minor distraction" from what is expected to be a successful fundraiser.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, in the news himself for critical remarks about President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, is set to headline the joint fundraising dinner for the Senate and House Republican campaign committees.

Gingrich was slotted to replace Palin on the program in March after she and her staff waffled over whether she would accept the speaking invitation, which had already been publicly announced by both the NRSC and the National Republican Congressional Committee. At the time, Palin's office in Alaska said that her political staff in Washington had agreed to the invitation without consulting the governor.

Last week, Palin reached out to the committees through Republican fundraiser Fred Malek to say she would be in Washington on the day of the dinner and would be available to speak. Malek and Cornyn attempted to work out a plan that would allow Palin to make a brief speaking appearance on stage.

But Rep. Pete Sessions, the NRCC chairman, was concerned that Palin might upstage Gingrich, so the governor was later told she would not be able to deliver remarks, but was still welcome to attend.


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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    who cares! she is insignificant ...

    June 8, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Bleebo

    Why is this news, CNN?

    June 8, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. John from California

    Sarah will show up for any photo op available to her instead of running the State of Alaska which she was elected to do.

    But, then again, running the State is work and Sarah would rather pray and play.

    June 8, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. JT

    Oh boy – CNN just may make its goal of 10 Palin stories about nothing in the ticker in one day.

    Pat yourself on the back CNN – You're heading straight into mediocrity at light speed.

    June 8, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. rednekhank

    Who cares?

    June 8, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Branden

    if republicans wish to remain obsolete, they'll keep this woman at the forefront of their party. lets hope they do.

    June 8, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Ricky

    Please....go AWAY!

    June 8, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Bill

    It really is too bad these confused nit wits aren't running the country.

    June 8, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Edward Veidt

    Thank goodness we're still getting our daily dose of Palin drama. *gag*

    Sarah Palin is the Paris Hilton of politics. She will do anything to make sure people are talking about her.

    June 8, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Steph

    Slow news day, I guess....

    June 8, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Russ

    Excellent. I hope the GOP fully embraces Palin. Video of her interviews with Couric and Gibson will make excellent future campaign videos. Support for her and her ultra-conservative, far-outside-the-mainstream views will only further push the Republican Party into irrelevancy to most Americans.

    June 8, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. MK

    Yeah, uhh, this way she gets maximum coverage for just going to the event.

    June 8, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Video Guy

    CNN, if you do not report on her, she will go away.

    June 8, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Parker

    She will appear but not speak. They are smart enough to keep her quiet. Anything she says will just reinforce the idea that she is clueless. An slick politian she is, an intellect, she is not. When Sara talks without a script, " .. I read all the magazines... I can see Russia from where I live... You betcha..." Why is this woman still in the media? Who cares what she says, she is as irrelivant as the rest of the new repbulicans.

    June 8, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. JediMasterMatt - Bethlehem, PA

    She doesn't need the spotlight, she needs a catscan...the woman is brainless and does nothing but bash Obama without offering any new ideas of her own...she fits right in with the Party of NO and NO new ideas!

    June 8, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Dan

    Republican Hunting Party.

    Palin the Helicopter Wolf Hunter.

    Cheney the Quail Hunter. :P

    June 8, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. Uncle Ellsworthy

    @John from California

    "Sarah will show up for any photo op available to her instead of running the State of Alaska which she was elected to do."

    John, do you mean kinda like Mr Obama did after he was elected to the Senate which he rarely attended and was elected to do.

    Guess I must have missed your complaint about that one, huh.

    June 8, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. Claudia in Houson

    Get ready for a lesson in ebonics coming out of Sarah Palin's mouth.

    June 8, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Chas

    More votes for the Dems. Thanks Sarah and Republicans! Keep her inn front of the news.

    June 8, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Dennis Brown

    Palin's a loser! After 2012 she will have her own reality show, because we in America love to watch train wrecks.

    June 8, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. JG

    To bad she won't speak. This could have been entertainment for weeks to come!

    June 8, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    she is doing a wonderful job and it comes natural for her ,as to take the republican party right to the bottom of the pond

    keep up the great work Sarah queen of the idiots

    June 8, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Had It

    Awwwww- did she pout and get her way again? It WILL work every time Sara – keep doing it. Let's us know who's in charge of the Republicans.

    June 8, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Melanie

    Wow – Palin is STILL around... Gosh, who in this world would want a person that got a 'D' in macroeconomics running this country into the ground the way Bush did... Oh – yeah – the 21% left that called themselves conservations/republicans...

    June 8, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    I wish she would just shut up and go home – I must admit we all watched her earlier – just to see how many times she would run her mouth off – at that time it was hilarious – now she is just plain annoying......................do everyone a favor and shut up now – we are all done with you – you are a has been

    June 8, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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