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. Gizzi1213

    The amateur hour continues in Alaska.

    August 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Johnny DC

    Keep it up, CNN. This is clearly not Palin's fault, yet you drum up more and more hatred for her for the ratings.

    I would sue the crap out of you if I was her.

    August 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. jeff jackson, alabama

    The media keeps talking about royalty in the
    White House once again, comparing Obama to
    Kennedy.
    Now we have a lady who tries to act like royalty
    and she gets slammed by the media.
    Everybody has to wait on royals and hope they
    show up.
    UH....OHHHH !!!!! WRONG POLITICAL PARTY..
    RIGHT ?????????

    August 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. hillcrester

    Can't we just forget about her. Who cares?

    August 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Elizabeth in OC

    Can't keep her schedule straight but wants to run the country in 2012?

    August 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Jimmy

    who cares? what is cnn's borderline-stalker obsession with palin? she was in office for all of two years and is now just another celebrity, like britney spears and kate gossling. why don't you concern yourselves with, oh, you know, actually covering real news, like sen. kennedy's death and the major debate this country is having about healthcare.

    kthxbye

    August 27, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. DON

    Surprise, surprise . . . Ms. Palin can't make a date . . . oooopppppsssss not Sarah's fault it's those terrible family values people again. Just settin' her every time. Gosh Darn It!!!

    August 27, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Steve

    Wow.....cnn..you make it four days this time before running an article on Gov. Palin with a negative conotation.

    August 27, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Patricia T.

    Does Palin have a calendar? Or maybe a date-book? Something with numbers and days on it? Why is scheduling an event such a problem for her? Oh . . . it allows her to place the blame elsewhere and be the "victim" once again, when people question her no-show ways!

    August 27, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Ridiculous

    I wonder how many of these scheduling flaps it will take before people realize that there's a pattern...

    August 27, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. CS from VA

    Maybe the Alaska Family Council sent the invitation to the Governor's office in Juneau. Oh, right, Sarah doesn't work there anymore....guess they didn't get the memo.

    August 27, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Liberal4Obama

    Palins too busy scaring seniors about non-existent "Death Panels"

    August 27, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Lisa in Shelton

    First – how is this news? Second-how is this a Palin scheduling mishap? An organization foolishly overpromised and under-delivered a big name for a fundraising event. Who cares?

    August 27, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Mr. Moderate

    I was wondering when something would come up. It's been too quiet on the Palin front.....

    But yet again, here she goes playing the victim card with her people saying she has been "set up a few times before"

    August 27, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Marc

    Sarah Palin is a flake. I can't believe anyone listens to this lightweight or puts any stock in anything she says.

    August 27, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    And this BIMBO could have been our President. I shudder at the thought!

    August 27, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. kevin

    who cares about this moron, CNN can you please stop putting these no-story on the ticker. Now, please find some real news to put on the ticker and people will call you real news outlet

    August 27, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Carl from MI

    It's what CELEBRITIES do... they do it all the time!!

    August 27, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Kim

    Ok, four different times, organizations says she's scheduled her office says she was never asked. I don't believe it for a minute, the woman is a whacko!!!!!!

    August 27, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. GO PEE

    The best way to make sure Ms. Palin gets your invitation is through TWITTER and next Facebook. GO PEE is so clueless!!. And she is the rising start that never seems to get anything right and imagine if she is president.

    August 27, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Kahuna

    Got to love that GOP. They're all for getting goverment off the backs of citizens except when they want to control your life and tell you what you can and cannot do.

    August 27, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. NOOO WAY!

    I was just thinking, during my lunch, : "I have to post on CNN ticker that it the end of the world must be approaching, because CNN went a day without talking about irrelevant Palin."

    And then, here you are...just another brainless, waste of time, CNN "News" Network story.

    Why do I keep giving this site a chance?

    August 27, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. sunshine

    why am I not surprised??

    August 27, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. steveinHtown

    Please enough with the Palin bashing. Is this really news worth?
    Hey, how about this one.....PALIN DIDN'T BRUSH TEETH TODAY....

    Let's grow up and start acting like adults.....

    August 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Beverly - NYC

    Scheduling confusion or could it be the half term governor's fee was not met. She unemployed, how busy could she be?
    Can't believe the GOP is stil hanging their hopes on this trainwreck.

    August 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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