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. Barbara

    This article gives more insight into CNN, then it does to Sarah Palin. Why on earth would something like this be one of their top 10 lead stories.

    August 27, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. George Arlington, TX.

    This nut case is dangerous to the USA. Just hope she fades away or goes to work for Fox News.

    August 27, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Bubba

    It's like this, folks: she quit.

    August 27, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. former republican

    Who cares?? I mean really, I make scheduling misshaps all the time. I'm just an every day person. As much as I dislike what Sarah stand for, she still has pretty full plate. Even though she is a quitter :0) I can see this happening to anyone. CNN this is not even newsworthy.

    August 27, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Karen from Charlottesville

    CNN, why is this newsworthy?

    August 27, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Mario, mtl, ca.

    really,,,,,,,,,,who cares

    August 27, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Kevin

    Someone who can't manage her own calendar thinks she can manage the country? Good looks and lip service can only take you so far, then you either have it or not. She does not. I thought that was obvious about a day after we all learned who Sarah Palin was.

    August 27, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. carrie

    Just call her "no show Palin" goes along with her intelligence.

    August 27, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Ernie

    It wasn't her fault. It was a calendar malfunction.

    August 27, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. kcl

    LOL.....at the report and all the comments. I love it!!!!

    August 27, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Lisa in FL

    Looks to me like there is a significant pattern here. Ever notice how the little girl, Piper, is always by her mother's side? Maybe little Piper is also Ms. Palin's secretary and scheduler, 'cause it appears a child is in charge of Ms. Palin's calendar! Can you imagine the chaos and snafu's if she held another elected position?......"Ms. Palin, Prime Minister Putin has been waiting in the lobby for 2 days for your meeting"......."Piper, where is the calendar?"

    August 27, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. MJ - San Antonio, TX

    And some people wanted this thing for Vice President????

    August 27, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Michael in Houston

    Thankfully, we have women in Government and in leadership positions throughout this country who demonstrate every day why they are in power and why they hold responsbility.

    Palin is not one of them and stands in the shadows of giants as the little spoiled brat that she is.

    And CNN.....once again....just what is your deal with putting Palin stupid stuff on your website constantly?? Do you realize that your more obssessed with her then anyone else??

    August 27, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Peter

    Let us pray:
    Holy father...(etc etc.) and deliver us from Palin.
    Amen

    August 27, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. KD

    What do Palin in and Brett Favre have in common? No one but the media wants to hear anything about them anymore. So CNN, PLEASE STOP

    August 27, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Cheri, Columbia, SC

    Proof right there...if she can't even keep two groups of aides straight, how in the world would she be able to keep a country together? What a farce.

    August 27, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. steve

    Yet another example of shoddy reporting and rush to judgement. I can claim that Obama promised to speak at my grade school reunion, and no one would take it seriously– it could be quickly verified by the officials whether I had really extracted a promise or just was tooting my own horn. How hard would it be for CNN and all their other tools to verify? Instead, any innuendo is published as a fact! Boo to CNN and any of the media who report this without doing their homework. You are no better than the blogger who writes this story from their home, or the gossip at the beauty shop.

    August 27, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Jane

    Wow, this is incredible news. Thanks ,CNN, for keeping an eye on this horrid woman. A scheduling snafu? Stay vigilant CNN. One of these days, she could miss a dentist appointment and you would lose your journalistic integrity if you did not report that.

    August 27, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    To this very moment, she has never been asked to give a speech at a public venue,"

    I'm just guessing here, but could it be because they know: 1. She can't speak in complete sentences. And 2. Because they know that she won't show up?

    August 27, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Ronnie May New Orleans

    who do you let people say such mean things, I used to watch cnn all the time but when you are so down right mean enough

    August 27, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. johnrj08

    Palin involved in scheduling flap... Palin involved in traffic accident... Palin involved in going to the supermarket... Palin involved in making stuff up for the press... Palin involved in turkey slaughter... Palin involved in promoting her book, which someone else is writing for her... Palin involved in shooting wolves from her helicopter... Palin involved in taking geography, civics and history lessons... Palin involved in going potty.

    There. That should about cover it for the next few years. Can we move on to some important news now?

    August 27, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Deb

    She needs to just go away. What a waste of everyone's time; she's so phony.

    August 27, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Jeffrey in Michigan

    And we're supposed to care because....

    August 27, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Ronald R

    Sarah Palin please go away,
    Sarah Palin please don't come back any day,
    Sarah Palin you've become a joke,
    Sarah Palin when we elected Obama we all awoke,
    Sarah Palin you just are not bright,
    Sarah Palin this is why you are with the extreme right.

    August 27, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Gary

    I thought we had finished with this woman! Best thing to do is ignore her!

    August 27, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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