Iowa tea party group cancels O'Donnell speaking appearance
August 30th, 2011
12:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Iowa tea party group cancels O'Donnell speaking appearance

Washington (CNN) – Organizers for Saturday's tea party rally in Iowa Tuesday blamed an internal miscommunication over the event's schedule for rescinding a speaking slot Tuesday for former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell.

The group had confirmed Monday that O'Donnell would speak. She would have been prior to the keynote from Sarah Palin which had raised the specter of the two on the same stage.

Ken Crow, founder of the Tea Party of America, said initially he was "under the assumption we had an open slot" after her supporters had inquired Monday about whether she could speak.

O'Donnell is on a national speaking tour for her book, "Troublemaker."

After the request for her to appear at the event was made to a fellow organizer, Crow looked at the speaking agenda and thought there was space for her. She was informed Monday she could speak, event co-organizer Charlie Gruschow told CNN Monday night.

Tuesday morning it was determined there was not enough time for her, Crow said.

"It was a schedule screw-up on my part," an apologetic Crow told CNN. "It is my fault."

Crow insisted the decision did not have anything to do with O'Donnell and controversies around her.

In a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon O’Donnell reacted. “I was honored to be asked to speak at the Iowa rally this weekend and accepted. Changed my flight to make it work.” In a subsequent tweet she added: “I am told things changed on their end & I will not be speaking. I truly wish them the best with this…important event.”

Palin's address is drawing interest from around the nation, according to Gruschow, who said he has not been given any additional information on what the former Alaska governor may discuss at the event.

"She will make a major statement at the event," Gruschow told CNN last week. "Whether it be an announcement to run, not to run, or lay a marker in the sand for other candidates."

The rally is meant to help promote the tea party values of limited government, the importance of the Constitution and fiscal responsibility, event organizers have said.


Filed under: 2012 • Christine O'Donnell • Iowa • Sarah Palin • Tea Party movement
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Greg in Arkansas

    Second thoughts???

    August 30, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. crooked bridge

    Baloney. Palin does not want to be upstaged by anyone, anywhere at any time. (Not that O'Donnell is even relevant.) Regardless, Sarah operates under a very narrow spotlight.

    August 30, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. shoegazer

    I get a kick out of these GOP,Tea Party political neophyte's who somehow have their fifteen minutes on the national stage spouting some unintelligible blather and the next thing you know,they're on a speaking tour for some book they've written.
    Come on people,wake up and see a fraud for what it's worth...a fraud.

    August 30, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    EMBARRASSING!!!!!!!!!!
    Bwahahahahahaha!!
    Take your broom and keep flying!!!!

    August 30, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Sarah probably complained – not wanting any of the misogynistic lame stream media attention taken away from her.

    OR

    The Iowa Republican bean counters probably did the math and realized that no stage they have could hold the weight of that much stupid.

    August 30, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Aw – now SHE can claim to be a victim too. Maybe she can sell more books to get more money and she will NEVER have to get a real job (hasn't had one yet -- why change now?)

    August 30, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    They're afraid Marney-Antonia(O'donnell) is going to walk out on the rally like she walked out on her Piers Morgan interview.

    August 30, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. dean

    The rally is meant to help promote the tea party values of limited mental capacity, the importance of appearing to love the Constitution and fiscal repression of the poor and defenseless, event organizers have said.

    August 30, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. MTATL

    Miscommunication my eye. That is hysterical. I guess the Uber-Witch Blamin Palin did not want to share the stage with anyone else and threw a huge hissy fit.

    August 30, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. indy501

    hold on! that is not what Ken Crow is now saying. He is claiming that O'Donnell was cancelled because he got a lot of emails prtoesting her appearance, and that it was in the best interest of the Tea Party. Who knew that the tea party would eat their young and the screw up the fibs about the reasons why.

    August 30, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Patriot Awesome

    Darn! I was kind of hoping that they were going to make out as a publicity stunt. That would have been hot!

    August 30, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Vince

    Christine is a little to liberal for them these days.

    August 30, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. AG

    She speaks in tongues, and Iowians wouldn't understand what she's saying.

    August 30, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Voice of Reason

    Wow. When you're too dumb or too extreme for the Tea Party, you KNOW you're out there on the fringe. This woman has doggedly pursued her delusions of adequacy, but has time and again been found lacking. Wasnt she the Tea Party's darling just one year ago?

    She should go back to peddling her memoirs, now that her career is over.

    August 30, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. R

    "Tuesday morning it was determined there was not enough time for her, Crow said."

    After her walk-off on Piers Morgan, I'm guessing she wouldn't need much time to begin with. I'm sure she would have thrown another hissy fit if that time wasn't spent talking about her book.

    August 30, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Palin ought to be a Tea(m) Player and grant O'Donnell some of her time. Ya' know, like they do in Congress? But, Sarah would never admit that I gave her the idea.

    August 30, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Voice of Reason

    She's been bumped by Palin. Wow. Better hang on to your programs, people, or you wont be able to tell who's speaking...

    August 30, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Voice of Reason

    Hmmmm. Odennell is a witch, and the TP-ers are BREWING tea... There's gotta be a couldron involved here somewhere.

    August 30, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Sarah: "They're paying you how much?"
    Christine: "They said it would be the same as your fee." CLICK.

    I'll let you connect the dots.

    August 30, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Ed Texas

    O'Donnell probably cancelled when she found out there was going to be a question and answer session during her speech. She couldn't handle those "gotcha" questions like "what color is the sky?" or "do you like to write?"

    August 30, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    Of course $arah doesn't want O'Donnell stealing her media thunder ... ALL eyes need to be focussed on Palin when she makes her "major statement" on whether she "will run, not to run, or lay a marker in the sand for other candidates." It's a gig that's been playing (and paying) too well for her to start sharing the dividends with the likes of Christine O'Donnell.

    August 30, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Jilli

    I can't understand why anyone would want to hear her speak. She has no accomplishments to speak of...she's irrelevant.

    August 30, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Tony

    Is the Tea Party evolving? Is O'Donnell too dumb even for Tea Partiers? Nah, they still like Perry, Palin, and Bachmann.

    August 30, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. camron

    Can you say, "Sarah Palin calling, it's me or no one. Make up your mind, I don't share the stage with anybody".

    August 30, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Gloria

    Wow! Talk about backpedaling! I doubt it was a miscommunication-they know the folly of their ways-O'Donnell and Palin-they probably heard or read all the criticisms they were getting and decided to pull the plug on her. On the other hand, Tea Party Darling, Sarah Palin may have threatened them with who knows what if the other individual was given stage time, as other posters have also indicated.

    August 30, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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