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. wikwox

    If Palin takes offense at "retarded" imagine the reaction to "stupid"!

    February 4, 2010 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  2. Doraine Gordon

    Who does Palin think she is that she can dictate which words people are allowed to use? The word retard is and has always been a part of our English lanuage. If she could read she could find it in the dictionary.We don't need one person demanding another person be fired just bcause he or she used a word they don't approve of. Palin needs to clean her own house first. She is such a dimwit!!

    February 4, 2010 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  3. Patsy, Texas

    This is exactly why Palin is getting way too much media
    attention. She talks out of both sides of her mouth, does not
    hold steady her so-called convictions, ie "retarded" is only
    offensive if spoken by a Democrat, and she bounces from one
    stage to another saying nothing substantive or even sensibly.
    Am I allowed to call her disgusting?

    February 4, 2010 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  4. vigor

    I'm seeing the R pattern now....

    Reagain in 1980
    W Bush in 2000
    Palin whenever.

    The R or Republican Strategy for the White House

    Find someone "with cognitive and developmental disabilities" to run for president.

    Then the R party gets all the power and doesn't have to worry that the President is going to think anything up on his own.

    None of these people were the Party's leaders, even as President.
    ...simply the tools they used to take the White House.

    February 4, 2010 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  5. David Johnston

    Maybe she thought she was being talked about.

    February 4, 2010 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  6. bcords

    o.k. miss two face. time for you to call for him to be fired and for you to refuse to go campaign for his boss unless he is. i doubt you will do that...hypocrit!!!

    February 4, 2010 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  7. Keith

    This is typical of a Dummy like Palin to speak out three different sides of her neck. Rush should keep his job along with any other hate spewing conservative, however Rahm should lose his because she could not keep her legs closed. This is special.

    February 4, 2010 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  8. Jeremy

    I bet she doesn't call for Rush Limbaugh to be fired either.

    February 4, 2010 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  9. David

    That's RETARDED!
    Seriously. There must be more important things to worry about.

    February 4, 2010 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  10. Jack

    Will someone publish a national, comprehensive list of all of the words we're not supposed to use and cross reference each with its pc alternative?

    February 4, 2010 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  11. Dale

    In both cases that Palin is getting her panties in a bunch about, the conversations were private. Neither were done in a public forum. Unlike Palin who smiled when people in her audience shouted "Kill him!" and compared our president to "terrorists" and his health options to be "death panels."

    This is like a serial robber making a scene over someone going through a red light. Neither are right, but the first certainly isn't the one to tut-tut the second.

    And – really – are governmental jobs based on what a has-been politician (that more and more Republicans wish would go away) has to say on her Facebook page?! It's lthe internet equivalent of chain-mail.

    February 4, 2010 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  12. Sarah

    What double standards Palin has.......sheshould demand the same from this man as she demanded the President to fire Rahm.......she should go to speak until they fire him.......

    February 4, 2010 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  13. hjhaney

    Sarah Palin is a hypocrite! Among other things.

    February 4, 2010 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  14. Terry - Indiana

    Thank you for not discussing key issues, such as jobs, average Americans losing their home to foreclosure, a healthcare system that is the highest per capita cost center in the world, the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq (both costing the US Taxpayer over one trillion dollars), a tax systems that favors only really rich folks, a banking system that is raping the American Public, and a Congress and Senate in which both sides agree on one thing – their annual pay increase. What we need, is very simple. Let's argue about name calling, or words that mean nothing at the end of the day. Lives are not changed because someone used the wrong word in a phrase or sentence. Lives get impacted when people do their job – but again, roughly 10-18% of Americans do not have a job. We are witnessing a schoolyard fight, only the children in this case are our elected officials. I no longer stay up late to watch David Letterman, I watch people acting like jokes on the morning news programs, and I assume Letterman watches also, just to get new material for his show.

    February 4, 2010 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  15. charles

    Is there anything that can surprise us anymore about this woman?
    Stupid is as Stupid does!

    February 4, 2010 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  16. not a foxbot

    This coming from a person who has used her downs child as a prop.

    February 4, 2010 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  17. Matty P

    "all God's children"- what is she, a preacher or politician?
    Boy she gets a lot of mileage out of that poor kid- dragging him up on stage (long after bedtime), flogging everyone of her enemies with her "special" child. It's never about the kid, it's always about Sarah's career.
    She is not qualified to be a mother or elected official.

    February 4, 2010 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  18. Reny

    Palin's retarded baby has more smarts than her.

    February 4, 2010 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  19. Concerned Voter

    Double standard...

    February 4, 2010 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  20. TangledThorns

    Rahm has a history of being crude and disrespectful, he should be let go. If Perry's adviser was doing the same then Sarah would of asked the same.

    Sarah Palin will make an awesome President in 2013.

    February 4, 2010 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  21. Michele

    And what about her soulmate Limbaugh, and his purposeful use of the now "banned by Palin" word? If she goes down this road much further, she will spend all of Stapleton's time searching for people who used "retard." This could be a good thing...keep them too busy to dream up some other lie about real policy! Go, Sarah, go. Keep trying to tell people how to think, and now, how to speak. You sure are a poster child for the First Amendment, honey.

    February 4, 2010 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  22. Tom B

    Chant Along with me: Double Standard!! Cha-cha cha-cha-cha. Double Standard!!

    February 4, 2010 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  23. Susan

    And why is it not "crude and disrespectful" for her followers to carry signs threatening the President, calling him every ugly name in the book, let alone arrogantly carrying loaded weapons in public?

    February 4, 2010 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  24. manuallabor

    Why don't they call these politicians what they really are LOOTERS IN SUITS. they are in politics for MONEY, it has NOTHING to do with serving the people. The "R" word that NONE of them has been able to do is REPRESENT,,,as in "We the People" that voted them into office,,,instead they are loyal and represent ONLY the lobby dollar,,,,,why do people support EITHER Party?...it is quite evident they do NOT represent the people.

    February 4, 2010 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  25. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    When is Sarah going to come out and rebuke RUSH LIMBAUGH!! As I understand he has repeatedly used the "R" word several times and just yesterday used it 4 times on the air!! So let's see how "real" Sarah really is. My guess is Limbaugh's ignorant rants will go unchecked. Perhaps then people will realize that Sarah Palin is nothing more than just a mouth piece. Will she demand that he be taken off the radio?? I doubt this very much.

    February 4, 2010 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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