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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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. vic nashville , Tn

    I hope my republican friends will understand now

    Palin is a pain

    August 27, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Rush L.

    Soon, when the truth comes out about Sarah, she will be involved in a much larger "Mishap".

    August 27, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. republican

    Who cares if she can't manage a small meet. We need her as our president. She can lead the world.

    August 27, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. New Age Democrat

    And this is news??? C'mon CNN, stop trying to make news out of nothing.

    August 27, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. trippingchaos

    Why, oh why, does CNN continue to embarrass itself by reporting on the most trivial matters concerning this non-entity?

    August 27, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Bob Dog

    It is so great to watch Sarah damage all these conservative republican organizations, destroying her credibility and their credibility wherever she goes.

    What wonderful entertainment!

    I wish for her a long and illustrious career making a mockery of herself, her party and her ideology.

    Best of all, its totally free! Those of us in the moderate, middle of the road ideology can watch all her antics for free. It doesn't cost a dime. Now thats a bargain.

    August 27, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Bill

    Is there some requirement that you publish a Palin story every so many days? The attacks that will come from the "progressives" will merely demonstrate their fear of her.

    August 27, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Petena

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah........................give it a break. Go write your book and go away

    August 27, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. shucks

    And republicans wanted this woman to be one step away from the presidency? Her "god" was really very wise in the outcome of the election, and America is very grateful. just another piece of glass in her already dimming crown.

    August 27, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Some republican guy

    Sarah Palin is way smarter than Obama. She went to 5 colleges and he only went to one. Have a nice day!

    August 27, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. D. A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    So the Alaska Family Council wants to have a state ballot issue that would make it illegal for anyone under than 18 years old to obtain an abortion without parental consent. Will there be a provision to allow a girl who has been raped by her father to obtain an abortion? What safeguards will be in place to protect her from her family that allow this evil abuse to happen.

    The conservatives and those of the religous right who embrace fascist ideals have a extremely narrow view of things and they refuse to see the big picture, only what they want to see. Why would these people want to abuse these girls, haven't they been abused enough. What a bunch of maroons.

    August 27, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. NadineCA

    Why do these people continue to treat this women like she's important. She's just another unemployed, middle aged women, with a family. She didn't just quit her job, she quit helping the people of Alaska. Don't they get it, she bailed on them. Let her go. She's not worth it. This is a perfect example of who Palin really is. Deal with it.

    August 27, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. single mom

    Misleading headline, CNN.
    She wasn't invited to speak so this is the group's problem. Not hers.

    August 27, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Jeff

    Is it possible that Palin uses these "flaps" to keep her name in the news? She has not done anything worthwhile, maybe she is afraid people will (hopefully) forget about her.

    August 27, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. Denis

    BIG Surprise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 27, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Simmy

    Shut Up about that witch, CNN....This is Sen. Kennedy's day...Who besides you, gives a shaq about demonic diva? You should be ashamed....

    August 27, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Michael

    Palin – the gift that keeps on giving. Maybe she will she will post another illiterate ramble on Facebook.

    August 27, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Joe in Baltimore

    Every time I read another smear on Sarah I feel like writing her another check. Keep up the good work. Gonna backfire this time...

    August 27, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. mypitts2

    At some point, organizers might figure out she's a flake.

    August 27, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. P Henry

    She would have made a great second-in-command. She can't even manage her social calendar.

    August 27, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Sentinel

    Could this be another Bimbo moment??

    August 27, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Addicted to bash

    Does the media realize she is no longer in office?

    August 27, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Beverly

    If the organizers of this event are indeed fabricating the tale that they had requested her appearance and that she had agreed, good for Palin. It's just a taste of what she dishes out all the time – complete lies to make others look bad. If she screwed up her schedule again, well, it just is another demonstration of how inept this woman really is. Dangerous and inept, but inept nonetheless.

    August 27, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. Tommy

    Yeah, I really want somebody this flaky to be our president. I can just see it now: Palin as U.S. president attending the G8 summit. But, at the last minute, she cancels her attendance at the summit for some quality family time. Yep, that would endear us even more in the eyes of other world leaders.

    Anybody who seriously thinks she is a serious candidate for president has to seriously have their head examined.

    Aim high!

    August 27, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Paul Schneider

    This woman is a complete flake.The fact that there are people
    who seriously believe she is qualified for the highest office in the land
    is absolutely frightening. It's not a question of her idealogy but her appalling lack of competence and judgement.

    August 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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