January 12th, 2010
10:03 PM ET
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Palin to address alcohol industry event in Las Vegas

Palin will speak to the Wine and Liquor Wholesalers of America in April.
Palin will speak to the Wine and Liquor Wholesalers of America in April.

Washington (CNN) – Las Vegas and alcohol probably aren't the first two things that come to mind at the mention of Sarah Palin, but the former vice presidential candidate is about to change that.

At least that's according to Craig Wolf, the president and CEO of the Wine and Liquor Wholesalers of America, who announced Tuesday that Palin will keynote the group's annual convention and and expo in Las Vegas in early April.

"Governor Palin is a great supporter of America's free enterprise system and understands that industries like the beverage alcohol industry play a key role in driving our national economy. We're proud and honored to welcome her as a speaker," Wolf said in a statement. "We expect she will share with the convention attendees her analysis of the current political environment and her vision for America's future."

The convention includes a "Wine and Spirits Tasting Competition," which, according to the press release, "secured a spot on the agenda after drawing overwhelming response and favorable feedback during its debut" last year.

An aide to Palin was not immediately available to confirm the WLWA appearance.

The Las Vegas stop comes a few days before Palin is scheduled to address the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, a major gathering of GOP leaders that that in recent years has become an early proving ground for potential presidential candidates.


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  1. debbie

    And considering that Alaska has a wicked high alcoholism rate, she is one of the BEST people to tap for the speech.

    I'm glad she quit as Gov of Alaska so that she could do good for people. She didn't say WHICH people she wanted to benefit, but clearly it's the Palins.

    January 12, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Proud American

    Clown?

    January 12, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. dick delson

    what is the radical right's continued fascination with this woman who is close to being an idiot???????

    January 12, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Hal Bogerd

    Family value$!

    January 12, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Susan

    My gosh ... Sarah supports liquor! Who knew. I'm sure the "born agains" didn't. Being a Methodist, I have no problem with the sell of liquor; however, having Sarah Palin as a spokesperson at a wine & liquor convention should be interesting.

    January 12, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. afp

    As with the Fox News position... this is a joke – but one I cannot tell on whom the joke is put!

    January 12, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Arkay Idaho

    Uh. Yikes. I'm not going to say that I'm never going to drink again, but...

    January 12, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Linda

    Horray for Las Vegas!
    Obama did a number on tourism for the city. This will be a well deserved draw!

    January 12, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Michael in Houston

    You dont have enough alcohol in your business Mr. Wolf to convince me or most every other American that Palin has a vision for America. She has a vision for. herself of course.
    You, have apparently had your snoot too deep into the bottle pal.

    January 12, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Minnesotan

    I'd love to see her in a flamingo outfit with feathers, but I'd hate to see her name on another ballot.

    January 12, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You have to be drunk to think she makes any sense, so this is the perfect venue for her!

    January 12, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Rich

    She's acting an awful lot like the "celebrity" type that she was slamming on the campaign trail in 2008.

    What gives? She gave up being a "real american' and become a "star" ?

    January 12, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Deb

    I am sick to my stomach. I have no idea why anyone would want to listen to this lady or care what she thinks!! She can't think! Wake up people.
    Of all the intelligent, articulate, female Republicans to pick from we keep hearing about Palin. She is a horrible role model to young girls, as a woman I am embarrassed and at a loss.
    What am I missing?

    January 12, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Bonnie Kimberly

    I am not sure I understand why anyone at a booze convention wants to hear from a self proclaimed born again christian! Way to stiffle some fun guys.

    January 12, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. jayindenver

    Apparently "her vision of America's future" is gonna be wearing beer goggles, dontcha know.

    January 12, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Tommygunn

    I guess Sarah is saying......Pay Me or I will not show up!

    Wow....just to think our former VP runner up is out truly taking advantage of American "free enterprise profit centric system" and liberal "social drinking values"......hmmmm.......where is the conservative christian practices...

    She is also concluding with her event with....A toast to the host and, a few benjamins to her- not the cause....

    January 12, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. kyle from ohio

    "Governor Palin is a great supporter of America's free enterprise system and understands that industries like the beverage alcohol industry play a key role in driving our national economy.

    Yeah; quit your job and drink and gamble more that will increase the american economy, And that is what do she have to offer as a vision, wink, wink.

    January 12, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. dak

    There's a name for a person who will sell themselves to the highest bidder . . . . and it's not a nice name.

    January 12, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Sam

    FOX needed to fill the void after Paula Abdul left so they signed Palin. I got that. I am a bit bewildered about the Vegas gig. Who left there?

    January 12, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Justin

    Money, money, money...must be funny...in a rich man's world.

    January 12, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Ned

    If they laid her on a table for everyone to have a go at it I might show up but only if I was first. Wake up people. She is a quitter,an oppourtunist,a decent looking women but when Todd blows gently in her ear he is only giving her a re-fill

    January 12, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. William

    Why is he calling her Governor? She is not the Governor anymore. As far as the current political climate....why would anyone listen to her? She is a quitter. And not mention...."her vision for America's future", that is a joke.

    January 12, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Sunny

    Looking to her own family's culture, this does not surprise me.

    January 12, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. harold

    Quick ... somebody... Ask Sarah Palin who she considers Real Americans.?....and also about Reids comment.... Now Sarah give us a Southern Strategy republican answer....huh?

    January 12, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Brig

    She is cashing in and laughing all the way to the bank at the haters. She did exactly what I thought and that was ditch being a politician and use her name for speaking engagements, books, and Fox.

    January 12, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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