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. mar

    ok, when is she going to stop being a cry baby? I dislike her so much and don't understand how someone can actually trust her.

    October 1, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Stephan

    Grow up already – you live in LA most of the time and vote in Alaska.

    October 1, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Rose

    Oh, good grief – Sarah, you are an idiot! Get over yourself! You helped John McCain lose the 2008 election, and then you quit your governor job in 2009 to make money off of the saps who think you actually know something. Get a life, and get out of ours!

    October 1, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Bryan

    Seems like a non-issue to me. He wasn't receiving any money or really doing anything illegal. he just never changed his registration. I bet Palin is still registered in Alaska and probably doesn't spend much time there anymore. Second of all, doesn't every politician in every race for either party have people trying to dig up dirt on the opposing candidate? Seems like it to me. Not to mention, she's pretty easy to smear.

    October 1, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. DanteX

    I wonder if Mr. Rouse voted for this LOSER of a Facist-Nazi who by the way FAILED to even HONOR her OBLIGATION to the people of the great State of Alaska by NOT finishing her term as Govenor of that great State but instead chosing to abidicate that responsibility for some sort of fiduciary gain. Sarah -or more appropriately "Sorry"- Palin is a FRAUD and a LOSER in EVERY sense of each of these words.

    October 1, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Truth

    Big mistake to put that clown in there. Everybody knows he was behind TrooperGate and things will start leaking out about the scumbag.

    October 1, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. burgh

    Does she realize how childish she really sounds? Why do we care about every "tweet" she posts? She is like a car accident you just can't look away from...I don't want to read about her, but I just can't stop...

    October 1, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Rob

    Sarah Palin thinks the President took his change theme from HER??!! ROTFLMAO!!! Can you say "delusions of grandeur"?

    October 1, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Sandra

    This woman needs to get a life. I don't think I have ever seen anyone who is so hateful...except maybe Rush Limbaugh.

    October 1, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Danny Cali

    Not only Pete Rouse I think Sarah Palin doesn't like ALL Americans because she didn't seen any Russian here so, she just need your vote for her then when she get the job she going to DUMP your guy.

    October 1, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. JohnM

    does this nut case waste of human flesh really think she invented "change" as a campaign slogan or is it like everything else she spews knowing it's a LIE but figures if she says it enough her facist teaparty sheep will swear by it as gospel?

    October 1, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Chuck

    Why do people keep paying attention to Palin? She's not a candidate for any office, she's not an office-holder anywhere. Her only job is self-promotion. She communicates with the world with the same social media tools my teenage cousin uses to gossip about the other girls in school. I look forward to the day when Palin is no longer relevant.

    October 1, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Michelle

    Wow. I wish people, no matter what party you side with, would stop making such insignificant and silly statements. CNN, please stop posting such irrelevant crap and calling it news.

    October 1, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. anagram_kid

    For someone who claims to he a Christian, she sure has a lot of hatred for a lot of people.

    October 1, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Michael

    Everything about this psycho screams "I want attention and no one is giving me any!!!!" It's really sad to watch an adult act like a spoiled child. Oh well, she has already started to fade into obscurity, which explains why she shows up on DWTS in attempts to grab some of Bristol's spotlight. It's safe to say that the Palin's have "jumped the shark"......

    October 1, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Jacq

    Palin is dumber then a tree stump

    October 1, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. DavidF

    Is there nothing this woman won't harp on to keep herself in the news? Sarah dear; let it go. No one but your Tea Baggers care what you really think, and I wish the news networks would stop giving her a platform to air her opinions.

    October 1, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Ann

    Sister Sarah hates everybody who knows she's an idiot. Pete Rouse is only one member of a very large group.

    October 1, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. ddt

    CNN,why do you still give this idiot a chance to appear on your blog? You are all idiots just like you tried to have people choose between Obamaa and Clinton when you know for sure that this will never happen. You are trying to incite hatred among Dems. I have long known that some of you on CNN are Republicans I wonder whether such polls will help you to raise your ratings

    October 1, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. 'Bama Grandma

    Yawn...another tweet from the twit, grow up $$arah

    October 1, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. Daniel

    Someone please put a muzzle on this dog!

    October 1, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Bob

    Sarah Palin - Owner of Alaska.

    October 1, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. mtrought

    This woman loves to throw stones and keep forgetting that she lives in one of the biggest glass houses.

    October 1, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. trashcup

    Palin needs to grow up. If she was so damn concerned about this guy maintaining his voting status in Alaska and not living there, she was governor and she could have easily done something while she was governor. BUT, nope as she quit in the middle of her elected duties to go cash in on her celebrity, she also was derelict in not getting this guy off the voter roles. Now she's a genius and complains about it. All it does is show how incompetent she really is by complaining about something SHE SHOULD HAVE DONE! What an IDIOT.

    October 1, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Jason

    I am sure this guy will be as corrupt as Obama. The president doesn't know how to pick sombody honest.

    October 1, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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