August 27th, 2009
06:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin involved in another scheduling mishap

Palin will not attend an event Thursday at which she was billed to be a top speaker.
Palin will not attend an event Thursday at which she was billed to be a top speaker.

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appears to be involved in another scheduling mishap, the fourth time in as many months organizers of an event expected an appearance from the GOP star only to discover at the last minute she would not attend.

The latest confusion involves an Alaska Family Council event Thursday night to promote a state ballot issue that would make it illegal for anyone under 18 years old to obtain an abortion without parental consent.

While the organization continues to bill Palin on its Web site as the top speaker at the kickoff for a statewide signature drive, a spokeswoman for the former governor says Palin had never agreed to participate, nor was she even asked.

"To this very moment, she has never been asked to give a speech at a public venue," Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton told CNN.

Instead, Stapleton said, event organizers had invited Palin to attend a private fundraiser for the organization - but she declined the invitation because of prior out-of-state plans.

"The governor notified the group that she is out of town, but would make a donation," Stapleton said. "And she did also mention that since people have already begun signing the petition, she could sign the petition when she returns in the near future."

While a source places blame for the mixup on the group, saying Palin has been "set up a few times before" by Alaska Family Council President Jim Minnery, such scheduling snafus appear to have become a regular occurrence for Palin, one of the Republican Party's most popular figures.

Minnery has not yet responded to CNN's request for comment.

In August, it was announced she would not attend a California Republican women's group event after that organization had promoted her appearance for weeks.

Confusion also surrounded Palin's involvement in events earlier this year including the Conservative Political Action Conference, and a major GOP fundraiser in Washington whose organizers had plugged her as the headliner.

Organizers at all of those events say they believed they had received assurances from her representatives, only to learn that either the former governor's aides in Alaska or her staff at SarahPAC had been unaware of the commitment. That set of advisors would then announce publicly that Palin had never planned to attend the event.

Palin did end up appearing at the GOP fundraiser but did not speak as originally planned.

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  1. Dick M

    Sarah who? The nobody former governor of Alaska? Why does anybody care?

    August 27, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. NH Independent

    She would have been better than the Idiot in the oval office now....surrounding himself with radical and communist czars...trying to organize a Socialist, Marxist America...........people like Van Jones....John Holdren...Cass Sunstein.........You Obama supporters need to do your homework to see what this Socialist president is up to as opposed to flapping your gums about left and right......If you want to continue this road to destruction keep drinking the kool-aid...and working because this government wants you to keep working and paying taxes to pay the people who don't work.....really people take a good look and a trip to the library to do some reading.....

    August 27, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Mark L.

    Could we please STOP with anything in the media regarding Sarah Palin???? Please???

    August 27, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Shelly

    Perhaps she should use her computer and blackberry for the calendar feature instead of lame comments and lies!

    August 27, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Todd from CO

    Palin is obviously still in VERY high demand. Some of these comments are a hoot. What is even funnier is how 200+ people took time out of their day to criticize her for an error that most likely she had nothing to do with. Left wing CNN's fixation with Palin is funny too. In the mean time the guy you elected thinks the cops acted stupidly, is all wee weed up, and otherwise demonstrated his complete & total incompetence in less than 8 months. That has to be a new record.

    August 27, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Obama Victim

    Sarah learly has her isssues.....she has one overwhelmingly redeeeming feature however....................she is not Obozo

    August 27, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Suzan

    Can't you just see if she had gotten VP she would never have shown up at any of her meeting or places she should have been........saying NO ONE TOLD ME........what lame excuses she has or her spokeperson........I was wandering how long it was going to before she made another BOO BOO......

    August 27, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. maximus

    You need to change your network name from CNN to SPNN. ( Sarah Palin News Nerwork) .

    August 27, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. S M R

    Sarah and her Political team is what I call a brainfart

    August 27, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Chad Heins

    Why is this news? She does not matter, never has. I am more news worthy then Sarah "Death Panel" Palin

    August 27, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Matt

    Screw this, I'm going to Fox news from now on!!!

    August 27, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. John

    Sarah Palin is GOP’s Glamour.
    Sarah Palin is GOP’s Sparkle.
    Sarah Palin is GOP’s Charisma.
    Sarah Palin is GOP’s Delight.
    Sarah Palin is GOP’s Color.
    Sarah Palin is GOP’s Bright light in Darkness.
    Sarah Palin is GOP’s Glory.
    Sarah Palin is GOP’s Fascination.

    Without Sarah Palin GOP is Nothing.
    Without Sarah Palin GOP is like a Tree without Leaves.
    Without Sarah Palin GOP is like a Night without Stars.

    Well !! That is not True for what Sarah Palin is to the USA. :|

    August 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. terry rabun

    CNN, why? Why do you keep her in the news? Especially for the most inane stuff. You're really only hurting your credibility as a news outlet.

    August 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. garry

    Why report this non-issue story??

    August 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Norm

    She's a real "keeper". I just hope the Republicans realize what they have and that they don't let her get away.

    August 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Mack

    Is Meghan Stapleton, Palin's spokeswoman, still employed by the governor's office or did she quit, too? If she quit, and is still Palin's spokeswoman, how is she being paid? If she didn't quit, why is she the spokeswoman if she is employed by the governor's office? I guess she and Palin are two of a kind – Frick and Frack!!

    August 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Tom in Illinois

    This is just another news story to take the heat off the national health care plan.

    August 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    "GOP star?" Aaaaahahahahahahahahahaaaaaa...heheh....woooo.

    August 27, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Rackit

    Even Palin could be running the country better than the Chief amatuer we have in now. He knows how to spend that cash and thats about it.

    August 27, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. vicky from Milwaukee

    auggggggghhhhhhh!!!!!! No more! Stop!

    August 27, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Florida Joe

    No wonder she had no idea what her daughter was up to.....she can't keep track of herself nevermind anyone else........This is McCains idea of a qualified VP choice.........Nice John..Very nice

    August 27, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Todd from CO

    What about all of the many "rescheduled" town halls across the entire country with congressional Democrats? I don't see any criticism of that in these comments nor CNN articles covering it. Very telling...

    August 27, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    GOD ALMIGHTY!!! ENOUGH OF THIS WOMAN!!!
    She is no longer a public figure even though she is still an airhead and everything she touches and says and does continues to be a joke.
    You know what? I have an appointment to get a haircut on Saturday. I dare CNN to post that.
    I think if the quitter gets attention by continuing to be a dumb bimbo that we should all have our lives out there for everyone to know what we are doing.

    August 27, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. S M R

    And she thinks she could be President? LOL

    August 27, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Al-NY,NY

    Complete disarray in the Failin' (and quittin') Palin camp. What a surprise

    August 27, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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