February 4th, 2010
05:17 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin aide: Perry adviser's remark 'crude' and 'disrespectful'

Sarah Palin is set to campaign with Texas Gov. Rick Perry this weekend.
Sarah Palin is set to campaign with Texas Gov. Rick Perry this weekend.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is criticizing a Rick Perry campaign adviser accused of using the word "retarded" - but she isn't demanding that the aide be fired.

The accusation - made against top Perry consultant David Carney on Wednesday by Kay Bailey Hutchison's gubernatorial campaign - is of note because Palin is heading to Texas this weekend to campaign for Perry as he seeks a third term as Texas governor.

On Monday, Palin called on President Obama to fire his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for using the very same word in a closed door meeting about health care negotiations.

Hutchison's campaign manager Terry Sullivan told CNN Wednesday that Carney repeatedly said "retarded" during a recent conference call between the gubernatorial campaigns to plan logistics for their Jan. 14 debate in Denton.

Earlier: Top Perry aide used 'R' word, Hutchison campaign alleges

According to Sullivan, Carney became "bombastic and agitated" when he learned that one of the candidate holding rooms would be in a separate building from the debate venue.

"That's just retarded," Carney said when he learned about the room location, according to Sullivan. "That's the most retarded thing I've ever heard."

Perry's campaign did not respond to a request to comment on the conference call.

Palin spokesman Meg Stapleton condemned the language as "disrespectful," but did not say that Carney should lose his job.

"While it seems few can comment on the veracity of the conversation, Gov. Palin believes crude and demeaning name calling at the expense of others is disrespectful," Stapleton told CNN in an e-mail.

Palin, whose youngest son Trig has Down Syndrome, wrote on her Facebook page Monday that the word "retarded" is "a slur on all God's children with cognitive and developmental disabilities."

She said Emanuel's use of the term, first reported in a Wall Street Journal article last week, was "heartbreaking" and merited his dismissal from the president's inner circle.


Filed under: 2010 • Kay Bailey Hutchison • Popular Posts • Rick Perry • Sarah Palin • Texas
soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Tracy

    I wish Palin would just stick her head in the sand someplace and disappear. Who is she to call for someone to be fired when she can't even finish a term as governor? At this time what political affiliation does she hold? NONE.. Just a want to be in the spotlight AIR HEAD!
    DO US ALL A FAVOR SARAH PALIN GO AWAY AND STAY GONE!!!

    February 4, 2010 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  2. Jan

    Palin needs to relize that she is not the center of the Universe, and people when they speak are not thinking of her.

    There have been so many families with children with disabilities, because Palin has one she now knows about sentivity. Any name calling is humiliating.

    Let all be conscious of our words.

    People need health care. How about advocating for that.

    February 4, 2010 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  3. zanny

    The leader of the Republican party, Rush Limbaugh used it 4 times in one of his rants yesterday He said he would not apologize for using it.The whole lot of them just make up indignation as they go along.. I haven"t heard Sarah Palin demand he be fired. I guess if a Republican says it, it is okay. Hypocrite!!!!!

    February 4, 2010 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  4. laurie

    Figures... it ain't so bad if a republican says it....

    February 4, 2010 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  5. obama 08 but....

    Is anyone else feeling like we're back in the ages of witch hunts and burning at the stake? Who is this gal to decide whether people should step down or not? I hated that part during the election. Seemed like this gal was always calling out people that Obama needed to publically reject. Ah, McCarthyism.... here we go! Wonder who's on Sarah's black list and WHO ALLOWS HER TO PUT THEM THERE? Who is this gal? She came out of nowhere and all the sudden we have to worry about her ruining, I mean running our country???? All I know about her is she has kids with funky names, one of them has downs syndrom, and she was a governor and a mayor for a little bit. How did this woman get so much clout? Our forefathers are slapping and shaking their heads in their after lives. Wake up sheep!

    February 4, 2010 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  6. therealamerica

    See what happens when you let Sarah loose. The world salad girl has become the language police, and she doesn't even enforce her own rules consistently.

    February 4, 2010 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  7. Stacie

    My vote for the worst job in the United States: Palin spokesman. Poor Meg! Honey, the economy is improving. You'll be able to find a better job soon.

    February 4, 2010 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  8. Anonymous

    So, Dems using retarded is grounds for removal but GOP usage is not sufficient to warrant removal? What is that word? Oh yeah, hypocrite....

    February 4, 2010 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  9. Reggie

    Are we really surprised that she is not calling for a Republican to resign over this? Rush Limbaugh just said the same thing, I wonder if she will ask that he be fired? She keeps claiming she does not use her family for political reasons, but can it be anymore obvious that she does just that?

    February 4, 2010 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  10. Bill

    Rick Perry: Shame on your for your insensitivity! (but thanks for providing a new talking point that Palin can use a the Teabaggers convention!)

    February 4, 2010 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  11. Charlie in Maine

    Repetedly huh? I guess they are trying to beat the Dems on everything including insensitive remarks. Can't blame them though they are out of ideas so anything that gets them in the news...........

    An apology is enough I guess if it comes from a fellow Republican.

    Here is an idea let's check their voting records and see how they stack up in regard to people with disabilities. You might find some contrast there.

    February 4, 2010 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  12. me

    "Retarded" is a perfectly good word that means "slow". Only people who are retarded (in the "negative" sense of the word) believe that turning a perfectly acceptable word into a taboo "bad word" will change the fact that some people aren't too bright.

    February 4, 2010 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  13. GOP 2010 2012

    Ok I like conservatives and think they will retake the country in Nov. but Palin is HORRIBLE AND NEEDS TO GO!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2010 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  14. Angel

    Awwwwww did your feelings get hurt. GET OVER IT!!!!!!! There are way more things to worry than someone using the R word. Are you freakin kidding me. People call each other names everyday in life and no one loses their job over it. My goodness, I can't believe you all try to get political points over such nonsense. Emanuel should lose his job and Rick shouldn't. WOW.... Your an idiot. WHAT!!! You gonna have me fired. Oh wait...YOU can't do that.... I am one of the millions THAT lost my job because of the economy.

    February 4, 2010 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  15. NJshoreguy

    Why is there no mention that Limbaugh used the same word four times yesterday on his radio show? Isn't it rather hypocritical to make noise when a Democrat uses it but not when a Republican does?

    February 4, 2010 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  16. Tsunami

    Political correctness gone amok. Much ado about nothing. And I am a conservative. Retarded is still part of MY vocabulary. This is so retarded!

    February 4, 2010 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  17. max in maryland

    Hey, I'm hearing impaired and I have bipolar disorder.

    So can I pitch a fit and scream whenever someone makes a deaf joke, or says the word crazy in casual conversation.

    'That hockey goal last night was crazy!'

    WAH WAH.

    February 4, 2010 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  18. dawn black

    Hmmmmm, if she's offended by the remark "retarded", then maybe she should go after Rush Limbaugh, who said it repeatedly just the other day....4 times I believe??? It appears she picks and chooses to be offended by WHO is saying it....IF you're a Democrat....you're to lose your job....if you're a Republican??? Does give me pause

    February 4, 2010 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  19. Ron

    Oh, please! Palin as the sensitivity of a pit bull with lipstick. Like most Republicans, she only has sympathy for the underdog when it actually effects her life, or when she can use it politically.

    February 4, 2010 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Who cares what this woman says?
    BTW quitter how about your boy limberger? Not only does he use the word retarded like you do to describe your prop when you need him son, but he has used the word retard which IS an insult. Then again anything out of the tub of lard mouth is insulting.
    I was watching a clip of you and your son last night. I wonder how much cuddling he gets when the cameras are not rolling and it still looked fake.
    Look up the word retarded in the dictionary if you know what and where to look for it.
    If anyone should fire you it's Mother Earth!

    February 4, 2010 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  21. Gpenn

    It's only a fireable offense if your a Democrat. Palin is a joke and we will see more of her double standard as time goes on.

    February 4, 2010 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  22. DanInKY

    Of course she doesn't want the Republican fired–only if it's a Democrat. More Republican hypocrisy, manufactured outrage and Teabag looniness....

    February 4, 2010 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  23. hampster

    I use the word all the time when talking about republicans. Quite often i use words a little bit more spicy to describe republican intelligence.

    February 4, 2010 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  24. c.rollins

    So where's the call for Perry's aide to be fired??? Sarah states that there is a double standard in the Democratic Party when it comes to politically incorrect language. She just needs to go away.

    February 4, 2010 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  25. AnaHadWolves

    Typical republican hypocrisy and dishonesty: Sarah Palin calls for the ouster of Rahm Emanuel fore use of the "R" word but is silent on the use of the same word by a Republican, Dave Carney.

    Is it any wonder why Sarah Palin and her fellow Republican's words ring so hollow? Everything they say and do is hypocritical and has a double-standard.

    February 4, 2010 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
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