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. Amanda

    Sad that she could not make it. BUT she is only hurting the GOP.

    August 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. kelly

    ..All she had to do was install a calender on her facebook page....

    August 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. GO PEE

    Maybe it is Obama's fault that she has scheduling problems.

    August 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. rick

    Keep it coming. I love reading about this idiot.

    August 27, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Jacob

    Yeah, sounds like she has the ability to run the most powerful country in the history of our planet.

    August 27, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Sharon

    I've said it from the go-get. The woman is a whack job. This has happened too many times for it to be a coincidence. It just proves she and hers haven't a clue as to what they're doing.

    August 27, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. cgillette

    happens with all these politicians.

    author mooney is biased against Palin.

    August 27, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. John

    Who cares?

    August 27, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Connie

    There is an obvious pattern here and that is that Palin backs out of events she makes commitments to. She is a quitter at everything she attempts. Stapleton is just as dingy as Palin, the two provide great entertainment.

    August 27, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Alex

    This kinda of mix-up is becoming a regular for Sarah Palin. First she quits her job for God knows what REAL reason and then she stands up groups like she's the Queen Mother. This woman is proving to be unreliable as well as flat out strange. My instincts served me well in not voting for her and can sure bet I won't vote for her in the future. Our Party has enough problems and flakes to last us a lifetime!

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

    CNN, why do you always try to paint Palin as a moron? It's quite obvious you are biased against her. I feel like I could start a website today claiming she was suppose to speak at my meeting next week, but she backed out, and you would report it as fact. Shame on you. You had about a 10 year head start on Fox News and now you are getting killed in viewers. Gee, I wonder why. Try reporting the news instead of trying to create it. You are just one step above msnbc, which has become tabloid cable. Your obsession with painting Palin as stupid has reached tabloid proportions.

    August 27, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Greg

    Now this is news...that's what I'm talkin' about...........

    August 27, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Vern

    That would be Ex-governor

    August 27, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    If she can't keep her calendar straight ... why does anyone think she could run the country? Get a grip people ... this woman is a loon!

    August 27, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. No MO PALIN !!!

    Sarah...and I can see Russia from my House!!!

    August 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. I can see Canada from my house!

    Why is this news? Are they going to cover her when she breaks wind in public?

    August 27, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. John

    Wow... too busy to attend a function in her own state. No wonder she stepped down. I guess underage sex isn't as important to her as we "thought"...

    August 27, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Reagan was wrong

    This sort of stuff keeps happening to Palin. Which do you think is most likely:

    a) Whatever convoluted excuses her supporters come up with blaming the media, liberals, the Washington establishment, etc. etc. etc.

    OR

    b) Sarah Palin is a flake.

    August 27, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Rob R

    With this woman, it's about the money folks....4 "mishaps"?....really?

    August 27, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Ren from Baltimore

    Unless she has a staff that writes every word of every speech given, there is little way she could have much time to herself at all. Even made-to-order speeches need tweaking and personalizing and time to sit.

    Do people realize what it takes to enage in public speaking? How much deep preparation, energy, time commitment, and post-speech follow-up is really required?

    It is no small matter to prepare for these presentations. Either her skeleton staff (who would even be paying for that now??) tracks and coordinates with every group that wants or expects her, or those groups have to back off. Just because someone supports your cause does not automatically oblige them to clear their schedules magically and make themselves avalilable.

    Get over yourselves; lets leave her alone.

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

    Your obsession with Palin is absolutely disturbing..

    August 27, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. mr scott

    sarah who?

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

    Sarah Palin – Go away.

    August 27, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Jamie from Riverside

    What is with this woman? With all the staff at her disposal, can someone figure out how to use a planner?

    August 27, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    not a suprise considering the way she flaps her gums all the time producing nothing but a whirlwind of stupid

    August 27, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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