(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.
Can we stop pretending that petulant woman is relevant to anything apart from suckering in more than a few rubes into thinking she actually cares about anything more than her bank account? That includes you "lamestream media".
Does Sarah Palin think that she is the only person in the world that knows the word "change"? That woman is the most ignorant woman on this planet, and I really don't know why the media keeps giving her attention.
She has the intellegence of George Bush and look how THAT turned out. The only way this woman should see the inside of the White House is if she goes on a toru of it.
She invented change!
I really do believe this farce of a "political force" is the poster child for NPD (the "unprincipled" subtype).
Sarah, we want to hear what you think of Christine O'Donnell's view that she doesn't think Autism treatment should be covered unless it occurs directly in one's family. She want to cut it off.
Please do not hold forth on anyone or anything else until you have put her in her place on this very serious matter of health care. We'll be back after that to support you on it.
Palin us not helpful to this country. She should stick with FOX news and join the buffoon Hannity. Both thoughtless political hacks with no substance to offer and only venom to spew. The claim of being a patriot - is nothing more than the last resort of a scroundrel.
Shut up idiot. Anytime you think you're intelligent enough to criticize anyone Palin, please review some of the interviews of 2008 you gave. (Couric?)
You're so stupid. But your "followers" are utterly brainless. They can't even tell they're being fooled by you so you can make some money. What a bunch of idiots.
McCain I hope it stings every day that you lost mostly because of Palin. I think you deserve such pain for unleashing this plague on the rest of intelligent folk.
This woman is absolutely crazy and I am now convinced that she is drinking more than just her bathwater.
Sarah, what brought you down was your own ignorance........you did it better than anyone else could have. Just go away.
This woman is crazy! Can you imagine her being President of this country? Petty, vindictive, and paranoid sums her up!
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
This is so true for moose-eating Sarah Palin!
There is just no end to how stupid Palin is. Does she really think she invented the political slogan with the word "change" in it.If she ever bothered to read a news paper she would know that the word "change" has been used in political campaigns since the thirties. For a person that committed fraud against her state with phony exepnse reports she has no room to talk. I guess when you don't have the cojones to answer questions from reporters in person and can only fling your crap through Twitter one should not expect much from the likes of a crook know as Sarah Palin.
Ha, and what exactly is Mrs. Palin's official title now?
Does this woman ever say anything that isn't a talking point or a nasty remark? Is she so thin-skinned that she has to reply sarcastically to everything anyone says about her? I truly wish she would just shut up and go away. She contributes nothing positive to the conversation. Surely Todd and the kids could use some of her attention – please go back to Alaska and do your mama grizzly thing with them. We in the lower 48 could use a break from you.
Palin is sick.
What upsets me about her – this racist witch – is that she
nevers refer to our president as President Barack Obama.
She has no respect for Pres. Obama – you disagree with his policies but he is still the Pres. of the U.S.
SHUT UP, MORON! How does someone with an IQ of 50 get this kind of news coverage!
Who cares what Sarah Palin thinks. Her constant tweets are a way to try to keep herself relevant.
Sarah Palin, once again, proves to the world that her cup ...and mouth...runneth over with hate. For someone who is a pathological liar, as well as a quitter, she sure has no problem opening that big mouth of hers to find fault in others.
Palin's no fan of Rouse?!?! That makes him the perfect C.O.S. :)
When will Elvira Gulch fly away for good?
Oh go away Sarah! Your words of Hate, Hate, Hate are not very Christian. Where is your help the the poor the sick and the helpless? All I see is your defending the rich, the polluters and the lunatic fringe. Jesus would act nothing like you! In fact he preached against people like you. So, GO AWAY!!!
Oh Ms Palin, get over yourself. According to you, you have thought of everything. How can you do that with the pea brai of yours. Stop talking, go back to Alaska and fish.
Go AWAY. Pretty please?
Palin is a nitwit.
The women is worst then Phil Donahue talk show...she is basically a rich trailer park gossip hound. Only in America!!!! Has she ever spoken the truth about anything or actually stated an intelligent well thought out position on any policy.