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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  1. Allen in Hartwell GA

    A low key trip??? This woman hasn't done anything low keyed lately, except maybe cancel her single-mom daughter's wedding plans. If she doesn't say anything at this dinner my guess is that it won't be her choice.

    June 8, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Fraizer

    The woman is a train wreck!!! Thank the stars she belongs to the GOP. I stll blame John McCain for putting her on the map. Imagine if that phone call to Alaska had never been made? We would not have to deal with this right-wing fanatic and her meth-using, unwed mother, Neiman Marcus raiding, moose killing clan. Maybe her and all the "real Americans" can move to Alaska and disappear. That would be awesome.

    June 8, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Pat Omaha, NE

    I really like your programing, and often enjoy the "Ticker" news and other article on the web site. I ask you to PLEASE stop reporting on Palin and her theatrics...I find news of her quite boring and unnecessary. I'm not very fond of Newt and Rush either...

    June 8, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Operation Crush Rush

    Shes the gift that keeps on giving,the moron repukes love to give their hard earned money to her.They dont want to pay the bills,but will gladly give it to the bottomless pit.

    June 8, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Ron

    Palin will speak–oh no, she won't. She won't come–oh yes, she will. The GOP created her. They deserve what they got. Ya bethca!

    June 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. chris

    Why does the GOP put up with this woman's antics....will she or won't she....who cares?

    June 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. mary

    And by the way, what would you call your VP? How about a gaffe machine who needs to be under lock and key. He's not an idiot though? Give me a break!!!!!

    June 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. TCM

    @ BARBARA –

    It's because OBama has the liberal media in his back pocket...his staff has instructed all MSM to continue to throw mud at Palin; Just look at NBC...orders passed down to throttle anything that makes OBama look bad....also, 6 hrs of Brian Williams with his nose up obama's butt, following him around like an episode of MTV Cribs...see how this incompetent has dumb-downed America?

    regardless if Palin's a threat on not! Look at all the haters! Two-faced chicken-poo liberals....never missing an opportunity to blast Palin, yet...for what reason? They know she's right on target about Obama screwing things up...that's why!

    June 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. Polly

    Why is there such poor communication? What if a crisis appears in Alaska? It's time for Palin- and her team- to be communicating with Washington. Is there already a plan in progress if North Korea takes a shot or will it be another surprise? It would be a good time to step-up and let Palin communicate her concerns.

    June 8, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. GD

    Can she just please go away? Please?...No Really. She has to go.

    June 8, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. marcus2

    June 8th, 2009 5:51 pm ET

    wow…it's truly amazing how many liberals are afraid of Palin….running around squawking like little chickens….afraid of Palin, all the while... by TCM

    No one's afraid of Palin – she's stuck on stupid.

    June 8, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. mike

    Why can't dems post things on this place without getting nasty. Seriously if you don't like somebody then why are you reading about her and complaing that CNN is running stories on it. Don't you know they only post online what gets the most "clicks" and you're feeding into it by clicking and reading their stories. Then you complain they are posting stories that you don't want to read. It's obvious you do you can't get enough of Palin!

    June 8, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. Eddie

    @Barbara June 8th, 2009 5:50 pm ET
    CNN is Pro-Democratic Party and Anti-Republican Party.


    1. Republican party does not have any Sensible Character, who is not a Laughing Stock.
    2. Republican party leaders have made a Comedy out of their own deeds.
    3. Republican party does not have any Sane Person in their Echelons, who can Talk Sense.
    4. Republican is a Defunct party, Worthless and Responsible for all American Miseries.

    June 8, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. Polly

    I agree, time for her to go. She's her own cheerleader and doesn't care about anyone else.

    June 8, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. Texas Annie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Hey, I figure Sarah saw the chance for a free meal for her & the "dude". Alaska taxpayers might want to watch her expense reports for June– I'm sure she'll try to write this all off as a state expense for her and all the brood she brings along.

    June 8, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    I guess I was naive to believe that once Bush was gone and a Democrat in office, that the tone in this country would get more civil. However, any time there is a Sarah Palin article, the Obama supporters come out with their insults and hatred. Didn't you Obamamaniacs get the message? Change is supposed to be here and the country is supposed to be coming together. Don't you even care? Or are Obamamaniacs just your typical hypocrite who votes for people who say the right thing but you have no intention of following your leader?

    June 8, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. Lynne - Seattle

    @Mike...that should be some not one...type-O. Sorry

    June 8, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Dave C - NJ

    I love Palin! Please run in 2012!!!!

    LOL...look with respect, NO one is "scared" of Palin. That's just silly.

    The fact is no one respects her (other than right wingers) because she is simply not that smart, not that impressive, etc. It's amazing to see her in the spotlight because she really is barely a notch above Joe The Dumber. She's like Britney Spears. That's it!

    And if you want to know why the media leans left: If YOU were a reporter doing a stories on people that believed the Earth was flat, wouldn't you over time start leaning towards the folks that figured out it's round???

    June 8, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. Craig

    She won't be speaking?!?!?!? Darn, I could use a good laugh!

    June 8, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. Susan

    So she's going to a dinner tonight. I'm going to brush my teeth tonight. Big deal. Her days of being newsworthy were over November 5th.

    June 8, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. Bill in California

    I BELIEVETH THEY PROTESTEST TOOOO MUCH!. Wanna hear a bunch of Dimrats rattle their cages? Just mention SARAH PALIN'S name and they go into convulsions of FEAR. If she was TRULY insignificant why fill the blog with such VENOM?

    June 8, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. mac55

    The Democrats best tool ,bar none. Like it or not Repubs she could not do the Demos more good than if they paid her for it.Maybe they do.

    June 8, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Patricia T.

    A couple of thoughts: doesn't common courtesy dictate that you respond to an invitation? Just to let people know?

    As far as speaking at the same event at Gingrich, what about those news stories a few days back, showing clearly, line by line, that she had plagiarized from his writings? I guess she could just get up and nod and say "ditto" to whatever he says.

    And, finally, I keep trying to figure out just what she has to offer the Republicans: she's certainly not the smartest person around, no original or new ideas, and still can't put together a coherent sentence.

    You guys are hurting, and your turn to her?! Surely you can do better. Why like Pawlenty?

    June 8, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. Dan, TX

    I am happy for her. We need such people in our politics otherwise our messiah will sell our country to Muslims and others and then apologize for it. I preay that good sense will prevail and Barack Obama (the destroyer of our American dream) fades away.

    June 8, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. dustbunny

    I guess you super smart libs haven't yet realized that your opinions dont matter or mean a darn thing. All you are doing is trying to out do each other in the stuipid dept. What a bunch of DORKS.

    June 8, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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