Palin declines RNC draft effort
December 6th, 2010
03:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin declines RNC draft effort

Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin is turning down a Tea Party request to seek the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee.

"I respect the desire to have someone in charge of the RNC who understands the wishes of the conservative grassroots and understands that power resides with the people and not the vested interests in D.C.," Palin said in a statement provided to CNN. "However, the primary role of the RNC chair seems be that of fundraiser-in-chief, and there are others who would probably be much more comfortable asking people for money than I would be, and they would definitely enjoy it more."

Palin was asked to serve as chairman in a letter from the group Tea Party Nation, which sponsored a national Tea Party Convention last February. She was the headline speaker at that event.

Despite sporadic online chatter about drafting her for the job, the prospect of Palin serving as RNC chairman - with its day-to-day rigors of managing the committee's 168 members - was never a workable one.

Though Palin has raised millions for her political action committee, most of it has come in through small donations via the internet. The job of the RNC's next chairman, meanwhile, will be to spend countless hours on the phone raising money from the kind of high-dollar donors who stopped giving to the committee under the leadership of Michael Steele.

RNC members looking for a Steele replacement are also hungry for an experienced committee insider, someone who understands the party organization's inner-workings. And of course, Palin relishes her unconventional role as an outspoken conservative firebrand and is seriously considering a 2012 White House bid.

Palin assisted Steele and the RNC in the closing months of the last election cycle, lending her name to RNC fundraising mailers and appearing at two fundraisers in California and Florida.


Filed under: RNC • Sarah Palin • Tea Party movement
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Oy Vey Az

    This sister has much bigger fish to fry than just a minnow sized RNC stooge.
    Maybe she'll get a thrill out of embarrassing celebrities on her new Alaska TV show, and leave the rest of us alone.
    Better to have her embarrass a few celebs than to have her become president of the US and embarrass all of America.

    December 6, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Of course she did.

    December 6, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That would be great if she got the job and then quit a month into because she actually had to do work. She understands (actually a surprise) that she can't do the job.

    December 6, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Russ

    Come on, Palin couldn't take the job. She wouldn't be able to run rampant across the country spewing her hate and rhetoric. Not enough money in it either. And manage 168 members? She can hardly manage her own faimily matters. Certainly couldn't handle being a Governor, so please let her just go away. Ok, that's just wishful thinking. Unfortunately we're probably stuck with her until after the 2012 election when she gets her head handed to her by Republican buddies when she runs for President. It's amazing how respectful and defensive they are of her now. Can't wait untl she runs against them.

    December 6, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. MF

    republicans know if palin runs for the white house the other republican candidates will have a tough time defeating her so they are playing this game of offering her the RNC chairman position to get her out of the lime light and media to clear the way for the other favourite republican candidates can run with out being exposed by palin. Go Palin Go dont get carried away by these rinos.

    December 6, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Paul

    The main reason for decline is probably because the job doesn't pay enough. She's after the bucks, as if no one noticed. She wants the power too, but will NEVER be President so she has to settle.

    December 6, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Rick in AZ

    Sarah Palin will NEVER run for any office to which she might be elected. She will NEVER take any position in any organization that will require her to produce results. This woman is a fraud.

    December 6, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    WAY too much actual work.

    December 6, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Video Guy

    She is only interested in fund raising for Sarah and Sarah only.

    December 6, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. rdepontb

    My neighbors asked me to run for President after I'd been telling them all year how I wanted wider streets around here. And the freedom to park right next to the Mall in Washington, DC-we the people's city, right? I had to turn them down. CNN, please share my decision with the planet, will ya?

    December 6, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Michael in Houston

    isnt asking people for money exactly what you do Palin? I guess the problem is that this role would mean you raising money for someone other then yourself.

    December 6, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Chas in Iowa

    "and there are others who would probably be much more comfortable asking people for money than I would be"
    Hasn't seemed to stop her to this point. 60K per appearance for a speaking engagement,...oh,....that's right. That was for her not the GOP. It didn't stop her from selling two books she didn't write,.....oh ya that was for her too.
    I guess Sarah is best at looking out for Sarah.

    December 6, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Reasons Sarah Palin declined running for the RNC chairmanship:
    1. She could not withstand the constant scrutiny.
    2. She might be expected to finish out her sentance, err term.
    3. She would feel uncomfortable accompanying the GOP Young Eagles to their strip club of choice.
    4. The RNC is not a monarchy and she would not be Queen.
    5. The RNC Committee might expect her to produce results.
    6. Even she can't see Russia from DC.
    7. The RNC doesn't have day care facilities to keep Todd out of trouble.

    December 6, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. Chumlee

    BS Palin! You are a money-obsessed nut job, a quitter, and not qualified as a house cleaner.

    What a joke that this wingnut would even be approached. Then again, Steele is a loser also.

    December 6, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. a little sad

    "However, the primary role of the RNC chair seems be that of fundraiser-in-chief, and there are others who would probably be much more comfortable asking people for money than I would be, and they would definitely enjoy it more."

    She was considering it until she learned that she would not be able to keep all the money herself.

    December 6, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. jules sand-perkins

    What a shame that she is not identical twins, so one of them could take this job and we could lose Mr. Steele.
    Sarah has larger fish to fry.

    December 6, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Ed

    She couldn't handle it anyways. Ditto for being Gov. She's just a quitter plain and simple. Better quit while you're ahead, Ms. Palin, and hurry back up to grizzly country.

    December 6, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Sal

    Jeezzzz , when will the perverted fascination with this idiot stop ??????

    December 6, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    ""However, the primary role of the RNC chair seems be that of fundraiser-in-chief, and there are others who would probably be much more comfortable asking people for money than I would be, and they would definitely enjoy it more."

    Now, let's put on our Subtext Glasses and translate, shall we?

    "However, the primary role of the RNC chair seems be that of fundraiser-in-chief [FOR OTHER PEOPLE], and there are others who would probably be much more comfortable asking people for money [FOR OTHER PEOPLE] than I would be, and they would definitely enjoy it more. [I AM PLENTY HAPPY JUST PLAYING FUNDRAISER-IN-CHIEF JUST FOR MYSELF]"

    Glad we cleared that up...

    December 6, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Indy

    If you have claimed false expese reports in the past you can't get past that nasty background check and Palin did get caught red handed so that automatically disqualifies her for this position. It is like someone with a record of fraud applying for a job at a bank or seniors home Palin can't pass the first test. She is good at sucking money out of people for no good reason but that only looks good on a Grifters resume.

    December 6, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. T'sah from Virginia

    Don't you people get it – she wants the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ for herself, not some RNC!! She does not want to be "fundraiser-in-chief" – she wants to be "commander in chief"

    LQQK at her eyes??? Does the EYES have it ---– NO!!

    December 6, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Grog in Ohio

    I repeat... Sarah Palin is FAR more interested in collecting cash from her adoring fans than doing any actual real work. This is also why she will NOT run for the Republican nomination in 2012.

    December 6, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. thomas

    She needs a cartoon series on boomerang .

    December 6, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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