(CNN) - A week after Sarah Palin asked Republican National Committee officials to remove her name from an invitation that suggested she might attend a series of GOP fundraising events, the former Alaska governor made clear she is a strong supporter of the organization's embattled chairman, Michael Steele.
"I support Michael Steele. I am glad he is the leader of the party, administratively," Palin told Fox News' Sean Hannity Wednesday. "If those within the party are choosing to go a different direction, his term is up in a number of months and they can vote someone else in. But I think he is doing a great job."
The comments come amid speculation Palin is seeking to distance herself from Steele and the RNC after news surfaced the organization expensed a night out a risqué Los Angeles nightclub for donors earlier this year and ran up large bills for luxury hotel stays and private jet travel.
But a Palin adviser told CNN that Palin's request to be removed from the invitation for the events - timed to coincide with this week's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans - was simply because she never planned on attending the events in the first place. Palin is slated to speak Friday at the SRLC, a gathering of top Republican officials and an early cattle call for potential 2012 presidential candidates.
In her comments Wednesday, the former Republican vice presidential nominee also hailed Steele as an "outsider" who is trying to change the Republican Party.
"The machine is tough I think to penetrate," she said. "I think it's been good to have an independent outsider to create some change in the Republican Party. I support him."
I swear she specifically looks for the dumbest answer she can find before she opens her yap.
This dumb bimbo continues to spew her retardedness! she's psychotic! just like the rest of the republican/tea party! and don't get me started on Michelle Bachmann!
Palin talks from both mouths. She does not think before talking, rather she talks first and thinks last.
Palin and Steele – these two yahoos and a few other Republican "leaders" are ruining the Republican Party.
Now two that are clueless.
Or he could quit early like what you did as governor, right Sarah?
who cares these two losers deserve each other.
Maybe the righties can set me straight on something. What is Sarah Palin? Because one day she's a tea partier and the next day she's a full throated republican backing the RNC. I thought that these wern't mutually exclusive, I mean the tea partiers "claim" and rant that they're not republicans and that their are not their water carriers. But, 80% recognise themselves ar republicans. So what gives?
I guess the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans wasn't paying enough to get her there. Ya think?
Michael Steele is an idiot delusional enough to think that the GOP respects him. Puleeeze! One day Mikey, you will realize you are still black when they finish with you.
I wonder if she hears the Twilight Zone music playing in her head.
So Palin has a low opinion of females - she approves the use of them for lap dances for MALE supporters of the GOP.
So Steele's the pimp and Palin's the madame?
The GOP just sinks further and further into the muck, doesn't it?
Go away Palin.
Dim bulb's lookin' a little haggard as of late. Looks like all that ugly she spouts is starting to bubble to the surface.
Palin has an opinion on everything but has knowledge of nothing!
Hypocracy begets hypocracy. Family values, pro-life yea right! Now what the blind leading the blind. LOL Can't wait til November. With leaders like Steele & Palin, & the DO NOTHING Gop part of Congress, will reap what they sow.
And by the same token, the Republicans should distance themselves from Palin. For people with a brain, nothing Palin says is relevant.
Steele, an "independent outsider"?! BWAH HA HA HA HA! Have your taken his 2010 election survey or read his letter inside it? After essentially telling you how to answer, then most of his questions have answers of yes, no, or no opinion. Um, next time can you give us a few "partially"s or a few "somewhat"s?!
Palin Palin Palin
Please go back to wasila!!!
You are annoying.
You are a train wreck that people can't help to rubber neck.
If this country is going to get better we need some strong leaders on both sides.
You aren't one of them.
I should be glad that you are helping democrats but I truly believe that a strong 2 party system is what makes our country great.
Unfortunately, you are the weakest link in your party.
Please go home!
Renew his contract. He`s great------ for the Demos
I have yet to understand CNN's love affair with Palin. Perhaps she holds some relevance yet to be determined . . . even though, as poll after poll has indicated, a majority of Americans do not support her.
Interesting that CNN would give Palin and her Tea Party movement as much free air time as they have. One doesn't need to be a rocket scientist to understand CNN ratings drop. Evidently the powers that be have decided 25% is better than nothing.
I laughed outloud when I read "I think" within her comments. You would never guess that by the incoherant sentences she spews or the hate and violence that she sows. She is so helpful to showcase the traits of the dark ages before education for the masses. It is truly scary that over 25% of Americans have similar regressive selfish fear based views.
Palin again? What is she doing for your country? Divide it!
More importaint news today, the agreement your president made with Russia reducing nucliar weapons.
That is change you can believe in!
Barack Obama, he will be your best President ever!
Thank you Mr. President, you are my hero today
Ted van Tol, The Netherlands
As a Demm I think Michael Steel can stay as long as as he wants. Just remember on election day the GOP is touting cut spending. However, in the Republican Party they spend like there is no money problem. Really is this the party we want to put back in power?
Now this guy has Palin in his corner! Poor Steele, doesnt he have enough problems already?