October 1st, 2010
03:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin jousts with Rouse

(CNN) – Pete Rouse was just installed as White House chief of staff on Friday, but he's already been facing fire from Sarah Palin for over a week.

Now White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is hitting back, calling the former Alaska governor's accusations "fairly silly."

Palin has made clear she's no fan of Rouse - the longtime top Obama aide who has been little seen in the public eye until his elevation to the top White House staff job.


Via several tweets over the last week, Palin highlighted the fact that Rouse - who lived in Alaska during the late 1970s and early 1980s - maintained his voter registration in her state despite not living there for nearly three decades.

"Alaska media slept on the job for how many years re: Obama senior advisor Pete Rouse's claim to be AK resident and 'local' voter? For shame," Palin tweeted earlier in the week.

Palin may be suggesting that Rouse maintained his voter registration and an address in Alaska so he could be a recipient of the state's yearly permanent fund dividend, which is usually worth at least $1,000. But according to local media reports, Rouse's name does not appear on the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend records.

Gibbs said Friday that Rouse has changed his voter registration to Washington, D.C.

But Palin's anger toward Rouse goes deeper than that, tweeting on September 22: "Alaska's Pete Rouse (@ least he claims to be 'Alaska') finally comes out of the shadows; Obama looks to appt him COS;strange doings in the WH."

Palin appears to have been no fan of Rouse for a long time. In her 2009 memoir, she accuses him of being among those in the Obama presidential campaign who allegedly tried to smear her when she was named McCain's vice presidential nominee.

She also accuses him of lifting Obama's "change" slogan from her own gubernatorial campaign in 2006.

"Every part of our campaign shouted 'Change!'" she wrote. "We were amused a couple of years later when Barack Obama, one of whose senior advisers (come to think of it) had roots in Alaska– adopted the same theme," she wrote in reference to Rouse.


Filed under: Pete Rouse • Sarah Palin
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Lynn

    Who isn't on her hit list is a better question? For being a self-proclaimed Christian woman, she sure has a lot of enemies and hate in her heart.

    October 1, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Pete

    Can't this woman shut up and go away

    October 1, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. john

    This woman is a real crazy nut.

    October 1, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. TruthHurts

    This lady is like a crazy ex girlfriend.

    October 1, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. TheTraveler

    Please Sarah, run in 2012 so we can watch the media, and your opponents simply take you apart ...

    October 1, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. 33 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    So just why would somebody maintain their resident status in a state in which they have not lived for decades? Where has this guy voted? Where has he paid his taxes? (oops, Dems don't pay their taxes now do they?!) I'd love to hear the answer.

    October 1, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Observer

    Same lack of respect that Palin shows towards anyone who disagrees with her. What can you expect from a QUITTER?

    October 1, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. rick

    Sarah Palin: "The Tweeting Twit".

    October 1, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. diridi

    She is so dumb, and an idiot. I think CNN do not have brain to drag and put her affront....I pity. She is a total idiot, and does not have any brain. She sunk state, now nation??????

    October 1, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Really? Who cares what the shrieking cow thinks about this? Or anything for that matter. Why is this news? Have a nice day!

    October 1, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Daniel Schlafer

    Mrs Palin needs to keep her personal vendetta towards Pete Rouse to herself ! Her primary reason for claiming he maintained an Alaska residence for three decades while he lived elsewhere has been proven false [ according to the ALASKA PERMANENT DIVIDEND FUND ] . Her secondary reason that Rouse tried to smear her when she became John McCain's vice preidential nominee is neither here nor there . A lot of Obama staffers may have treid to smear her [ is she mad at them ? ] ? Wthether or not Palin has " Amnerican Idol" political popularity [ according to Meghan Mccain ] , she limit her remarks to her task - presumptive Republican Presidential nominee in 2012 .

    October 1, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. republicans = Neanderthals

    Palin you nitwit! Clinton ran on change back in the 90s as well. Get a clue ditz.

    October 1, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. mark

    i wonder if she still works the corners

    October 1, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. ol cranky

    I don't know how it is in AK but the only way I know that someone can maintain their voter registration somewhere is to keep voting. I've never actively canceled my voter's registration after moving from one state to another (or even one part of a state to another), I just registered to vote when I moved. My parents used to crack up to see my name was still on the rolls at their polling place a good 15 years after I graduated from college and moved away. I did not vote there after I moved away and certainly did nothing to maintain myself as a registered voter there. Of course, Palin's head is up her arse and she rarely allows for actual fact or the truth to have any impact on her views or statements. . .

    October 1, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Hater, Hater, Hater! The man hasn't even been on the job for a day and this bozo is already trying to smear his name. Why doesn't she do us all a favor and just jump off an Alaskan mountain top. Gosh I can't stand this woman. Silly Sarah was a half term governor who quit to make millions of dollars. She's such a hypocrite and hateful person. God doesn't like ugly and neither do I.

    October 1, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Joe in PA

    "la la la la la la la bla bla bla bla bla bla bla la la la la la la la bla bla bla bla bla bla bla...." I'm sorry, did I misquote you Sarah?

    October 1, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. joanne

    Who made Palin the voice of Americia? We are tired of hearing her opinions.

    October 1, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. MAhole

    Gee, like me, I bet he is no fan of YOURS either Saracuda..............

    October 1, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Maddy

    Why is anything this idiot says worth mentioning? She never shuts up! Obama could put Gandhi (if he were still alive) on his staff and she would find a problem with him. She's just a big mouth who, unfortunately for us, has the media's attention. Please stop printing her babbling remarks.

    October 1, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Beverly - NYC

    It's always about her isn't it. Looks like the Mama Grizzly has another score to settle boo hoo. Pulling out all the stop to get Murkowski out of office was not enough , now she's going after the new Chief of Staff. You LOST lady get over it!! Really if you spent as much time minding your own business Levi wouldn't have been able to get one of his swimmers by your watchful eye.

    October 1, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. MICHELE

    Please!!! Oh please stop giving this silly lady a platform as if she's a SERIOUS politician. Can we have a more serious ticker tape????

    October 1, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. doight

    Please run in 2012 Ms Palin and then you can see how seriously the Republicans and the country takes you.

    October 1, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. AmFem

    Apparently, Palin's job is to "tweet." Good for her... at least she found work doing something. In her case, being a twit pays off.

    October 1, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. byrlink

    I think this woman was the first person ever to use the word "change" as a slogan in a campaign...
    She must be thinking: How dare you, president Obama, to copy exactly my astonishingly original slogan!!!

    October 1, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Felonious Monk

    Palin is just a sad example of what has happened to America. Truly sad.

    October 1, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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