June 8th, 2009
06:31 PM ET
9 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. MikefromWV

    To Parker – don't we wish she would keep quiet. Unfortunately, she is scheduled to speak on the FOX Noise Channel. But we can continue to hope!!

    June 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. KR

    CNN why do you constantly print stories on this woman, if she stayed in Alaska and tried to be a govenor she would not be in the news. She has put her face out way to early for 2012 and by 2012 people will know her better than she knows herself and be sick of her. You probably will not print this related to the next comment; but did anyone ever tell her that running for 2012 is not a beauty contest. Related to one comment running a state is work and Sarah would rather parade herself and play.

    June 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Dan

    Yeah!!!!!!!!!!! The Republican Party is saved.

    June 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. JT

    The world must be completely at peace with beautiful economic situations unfolding if CNN continually fills up ticker space and air time with Sarah Pain.

    What kind of news network is it that fills up all their time and space with tabloid non- news stories?

    June 8, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. PChacho

    Basically, obama, to Palin fans, is less than insignificant. The reason the Republicans do not like her is because they are Statists like obama. We Conservative/Constitutionalists love her and you cannot have totalitarian Socialism without us. We will bring you down. It (obama) would be laghable if it wasn't so tragic.

    June 8, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. TSK

    Come On Now...CNN will not stop reporting about her because she helps the libs cause.

    June 8, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Moi

    Well, finally. Thanks CNN for getting to the bottom of that brouhaha for us. So glad to know that Palin will, in fact, attend the dinner. I'm actually glad that CNN is posting all these Palin stories - the comments from the Palin-haters are always so comical with their faux outrage, indignation and opinions based on misinformation and half-truths. And we all need a good laugh these days.

    June 8, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Cheney's mother named him "Dick" for a reason

    On again, off again, on again, off again ... As labile and mercurial as her common sense and intelligence quotient.

    June 8, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. tee

    who cares, she offers nothing to this country and the GOP offers nothing to this country.

    June 8, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Lynn

    Dumb Woman Travels!

    June 8, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. ANNY

    She's probably trying to get them to buy her a new outfit for the event before she will except ........at least they told her you can come but you can't speak........I can't believe the Republcans want to even be seen with this nitwit they want her there for all the numbnuts that support her and take their money but other than that they don't want anything to do with her ......

    June 8, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. John-Black Hills/SD

    It's always amusing the day following an event that boasts Palin's possible attendance. She always says something that is so far off center that the entertainment value is too much to ignore. We have to have Palin persona's in politics who define the cliche "it takes all types." Keep up the slick auto-humiliation Palin, it's re-run time on the boob-tube.

    June 8, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Barbara

    CNN is Pro-Democratic Party and Anti-Republican Party.
    CNN deliberately publishes Political Tickers, to make the Republican Party look bad.
    Why is Palin news important, when there is other significant news?

    June 8, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    No one cares about boob Palin any more... she's yesterday's mashed potatoes and twice as bright.

    June 8, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. Bob (Illinois)

    I keep asking myself one, simple question: Why should I care?

    It must be a REALLY slow news day at CNN.

    June 8, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. MacDaddy

    The GOP was worried about keynote speaker Newt Gingrich being upstaged if Gov. Palin were given a speaking role?! I say unmuzzle the Governor and see if she can top Gingrich's Obama's-a-reverse-racist-analogous-to-David-Duke remarks! Alas, all we can hope for is Gov. Palin making do blowing spitballs at Newt during his speech!

    June 8, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. johnny

    OH THANK GOD! I don't know if I could have gone with my day without knowing this!

    June 8, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. mary

    Boy, oh boy, you bitter, angry libs. This woman has class and morals and that makes all of you nuts. Unlike your president that is destroying our country by making more debt, she is running a state that has a surplus and continues to do so. Some people are beginning to wake up and realize what they voted for. He was NEVER vetted, the media just push him through because he was NOT Bush and he was black. When he was campaigning it was criminal for anyone to mention him by Barack Hussein Obama and now all I hear is him bragging about his Muslim roots and his notorious middle name. Fools!!!!

    June 8, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. TCM

    wow...it's truly amazing how many liberals are afraid of Palin....running around squawking like little chickens....afraid of Palin, all the while Obama's got the country bent over the fence! You narrowminded, uneducated, entitlement sucking, morons!
    Palin's not running for president, and if she did, you'd vote for her, or any opponent that runs against Obama...wait until 2012...if this country is still one country, and we're not some 3rd world split-apart into select nations.....you'll vote for anyone to remove OBAma! IT's coming!

    June 8, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. suzyku

    All of these rethugs deserve each other, just don't inflict them on this country!

    June 8, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. George Guadiane Austerlitz, NY

    I don't want her to go away!
    To the contrary, she reminds America what the last 8 years were like, and just how empty the Republican Party Suits are.
    Besides, she's not bad to look at – we COULD be talking about Darth Cheney instead.

    June 8, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. john

    She's a formidable candidate for national office. I think she'll be great and fresh. At least she cares about national defense and protecting Americans rather than supporting terrorists and extremists. Ever figured out why Obama said he'd been to all 57 states in this country? Exactly...he's Muslim. The media lets that one slip but holds Palin to account for her daughter's choices? That's fair and balanced...isn't it.

    June 8, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Ken St. Louis

    Sarah Palin is just what the GOP likes. Not terribly bright and folksy. I dont mean to bash the GOP but if you look at the last several Presidents that the GOP had...Reagan, Bush Jr, Ford....none were very bright but very folksy.

    June 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. tee

    Like you brought us down during the elections. You guys are stuck on stupid. Its just plain funny now.

    June 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. Tom Bachman

    All the libs on here...mostly NEA/AFT slackers, I'd guess, from the awful spelling & grammar....are AFRAID of Gov. Palin. I guess she'd need Birkenstocks and a tie-dye wardrobe while "crafting" for those arts festivals to be accepted by the leftist media. Where's Cindy Sheehan, now??

    June 8, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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