After confusion, Palin back on the program for Iowa rally
August 31st, 2011
05:02 PM ET
3 years ago

After confusion, Palin back on the program for Iowa rally

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – She's in again.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is set to appear at a tea party rally in Iowa Saturday, a source close to Palin told CNN.

And Christine O'Donnell is out (again), the source said.

Palin had initially accepted an invitation to speak at the Saturday's "Restoring America Event" in Indianola, an event that generated national buzz as Palin approaches a final decision about whether to run for president.

But members of Palin's staff indicated Wednesday that her appearance was being put "on hold" due to "planning issues" and concerns that the group behind the event, Tea Party of America, was being "dishonest" about the speaking program.

After the confusion, rally organizers "stepped up their game today" and "sorted out" various logistical issues that had concerned the governor's aides, the Palin source told CNN Wednesday afternoon.

The source said event organizers had been sending them "mixed messages" about the program - including the question of whether O'Donnell, the former Delaware Senate candidate whom Palin endorsed in 2010, would participate.

O'Donnell was, for the second time in 48 hours, removed from the program Wednesday afternoon.

Ken Crow, one of the rally organizers, told the Des Moines Register that he dis-invited O'Donnell at the Palin camp's request.

The Palin source said O'Donnell's representatives misled the tea party group about the extent of the governor's relationship with O'Donnell.

O'Donnell's representatives told event organizers that she would be in Iowa on the date of the rally and would like to come by and "say hi" to Palin, the source said. O'Donnell was then added to the speaking agenda.

The source told CNN that O'Donnell aides lied to organizers and said Palin had been communicating via text message with O'Donnell about the rally.

"The governor hasn't spoken to her in a year," the Palin source said of O'Donnell.

Palin advisers said earlier Wednesday that Palin might make a separate showing on Friday in Des Moines to meet with supporters, but that appearance is not confirmed.

An aide to O'Donnell disputed that people close to her mischaracterized her relationship with Palin to the Iowa rally organizers and asserted they did not lie about the extent of conversations between the two late Wednesday.

O'Donnell spokesman Matt Moran said O'Donnell will not travel to Iowa this weekend and sign copies of her book "Troublemaker." After she was initially dis-invited she cancelled her flight. When she was re-invited to the rally organizers offered to pay for her trip.

Moran said O'Donnell thought it would be an honor to be at the event and never intended to upstage anyone.

“As of this morning we saw a very classy move by Ken Crow, but since then there's been a lot of inconsistent and false statements by organizer-attendee aides, which is unfortunate.  Christine talks about 'rising above it' in her book, and we hope the event is a phenomenal success,” Moran said in a statement.

In a series of tweets late Wednesday O'Donnell did not criticize the event's organizers.

"Now we have to help their efforts by not letting anyone falsely spin this into infighting," she wrote.

On some of the accusations from sources close to Palin she responded: "My team did not misrepresent my schedule" and decided to criticize the media. "I really doubt anyone from Palin's team would say such blatant inaccuracies."

–CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Christine O'Donnell • Iowa • Sarah Palin
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. phil

    I bet they just had trouble coming up with Sarah's speaking fee because as we all know Sarah doesn't open here mouth for free.

    August 31, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. SecedingfromTexas

    Our military still at war, suffering for America.
    People dead from Hurricane Irene.
    Businesses, homes, animals, all lost from Hurricane Irene.
    Wildfires and droughts destroying homes, land, animals and anything else that gets in their way.
    Jobless, homeless, no health care for the needy.
    And what do we get?
    Whiney, pathetic, bickering from two of the sickest, ugliest, small minded women I have ever seen.
    The Tea Party, and ALL of its suporters, candidates, (Perry included) are beyond disgusting.
    And just when you think it can't get any worse, here come the House Republicans, who answer only to
    Norquist and Kochs.
    Real head shakers, to put it mildly.

    August 31, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. carlos

    Mark in Seattle......you most certainly would not want to know, hehehehe

    August 31, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Ohboy

    I am watching the GOP destroy itself right before my eyes, do they not realize what they are doing? Are these people that stupid? It's amazing..

    August 31, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. vrim

    Quitter Palin quit on her little gap-toothed, brainless buddy from Delaware, too. Clearly admitting that it only takes a dim witted presence like O'Donnell' to greatly amplify that well-known Palin brainlessness.

    August 31, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. PD.

    Christine O'Donnell is a con artist. She spent most of her adult life running for office. She used the funds she received to fund her lifestyle. Sarah Palin is to blame for the defeat of Mike Castle. She swooped in in, endorsed that twit Christine and blew it for the Republicans in Delaware. Palin also cost the GOP Nevada and Colorado.

    August 31, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. jimbo

    A cat fight between a middle aged nobody and an over-the-hill granny.

    August 31, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. Laura518

    Quite frankly, I am beginning to think Ms. Palin has bipolar syndrome. She is quite hyper at times, then she drops out of sight. Then she cancels this event or that. Her bus tour is on, then off, then on. When she was governor, one of her aids said Todd Palin would text ahead of her arrival in the office to alert the staff to what mood she was in for the day. I am not saying this to be snarky...the woman seems to have some serious mental issues. I can't wait until her little hairbrained, simple minded followers find out she is NOT running and that she has been playing them for all these months. As dumb as Palin is, I think she knows she isn't up for the job as President, nor would she even be elected.

    August 31, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. Jerome

    Sounds whackier than the class comedy gig "Who's on first?" And you want these Tea Baggers to run this country? Over my dead joke, they will!

    August 31, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. Bonnie

    One is a quitter, and the other one is a walker....the end result will be the same. Cheers :)

    August 31, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Talk about your dumb and dumber, if you throw in Bachmann you;ll also have dumbest. These tree sum up the Tea Baggers, no wonder America has a lower opinion of the tea baggers than do of Congress. These uninformed 23% will believe anything and everything that dumb and dumber and dumbest say. The only thing better than laughing at these three is to watch them go after each other. Who will come out on top, America doesn't care!

    August 31, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. Mark1

    The triumvirate: Palin, Bachmann and O'Dennell. Can any thinking adult take the tea party seriously?

    August 31, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. Matt

    What a fiasco. Can this be any more transparent. Both of these bimbo's only interest is in staying in the media at whatever cost to there self respect.

    August 31, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. NC

    What a joke the tea party and their brainwashed followers are. If they can't decide on something as minor as this they have no chance of earning any credibility. What am I saying they have no credibility.

    August 31, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. Dennis

    A passage in the fifth paragraph states, "...various logistical issues that had concerned the governor's aides..." Shouldn't someone spend at least one entire term in office before earning the title of that office? The article should have more correctly said, "...various logistical issues that had concerned the quitter's aides..."?

    August 31, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  16. Amazed in Ohio

    Just when you think these two dimwits couldn't prove their ignorance any more.... They amaze us with this morsel of insanity.

    August 31, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. Reggie from LA

    So you Palin fans believe she's showing up based on goodwill? That woman doesn't do gratis. O'Donnell might have been grasping for a few trinkets, but the grifter queen is gonna snatch up the little witch's share and everyone else's too. What kind of potential president runs around with her hand stuck out, demanding top dollars to spout off in generalities and anti-Obama red meat? Look at how condescending she looks at Christine. That's the way she looks at everybody who's not her. Get real folks. That ain't no leader. That's a dictator. Don't p*ss and moan about my comments. Look at the picture.

    August 31, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. AntlerYVR

    Omigod, I totally can't believe she like totally said she couldn't come to the party when she already said she could and I'm all like totally shocked and I like totally wanna see them get in a fight behind the backstop after fourth period. Cuz she's all like "Hi Sarah" and Sarah like goes "Whatever" and I'm all "OMG, betch!"

    (Seriously, how old are these people?)

    August 31, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. Awnald S.

    I would die laughing if during Sarah's speech, Christine came walking out... HAR HAR HAR!!!

    August 31, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  20. Cadillacjoe

    It's not hard to figure out what happened. Palin endorsed this train wreck, now she does not want to be associated with such an epic fail. If The quitter from Wasilla gets within camera range of the Delaware witch, every paper in the country will show them together as a reminder of her great character judgement.

    August 31, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. roscoe

    Why won't Sarah make an appearance with a tea party candidate that she endorsed? Is some of the idiot wearing off?

    August 31, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. maine liberal

    rally organizers "stepped up their game today" and "sorted out" various logistical issues that had concerned the governor's aides, the Palin source told CNN Wednesday afternoon.

    logistical issues : "show me the money"

    August 31, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. GeminiGirl

    So O'Donnell was disinvited at the request of the Palin camp. It seems one crazy female is more than the sheeple there can handle...too funny.

    August 31, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  24. blf83

    Neither Palin nor O'Donnell will ever be IN – In as in vogue, as in the presidency, as in the world of intelligent people.

    August 31, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. blf83

    To Pilotlight: Beautifully said. The broom would be the best entry method! Or a Hoover, because it "has great pickup." Wizard of Oz.

    August 31, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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