March 27th, 2009
08:10 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin's prayer remark angers former staffers

Palin's speech last week has some former aides grumbling.

Palin's speech last week has some former aides grumbling.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Some of Sarah Palin's former campaign aides are frustrated with the Alaska governor for remarking in a lengthy, freewheeling speech that she had refused to pray with them before last October's vice presidential debate.

Palin told the story in a speech to a GOP dinner in Alaska last Friday.

"So I'm looking around for somebody to pray with, I just need maybe a little help, maybe a little extra," she said of the moments before the debate. "And the McCain campaign, love 'em, you know, they're a lot of people around me, but nobody I could find that I wanted to hold hands with and pray."

As the audience laughed, Palin noted that she meant no disrespect to the McCain campaign and that ended up saying a prayer with her daughter Piper.

A handful of the McCain campaign staffers who traveled with the former vice presidential nominee nearly every day for two months caught wind of Palin's remarks on Thursday morning - and they aren't thrilled with her quip.

"We all talked this A.M.," said one former Palin aide in an e-mail. "This set off a nerve for sure with a lot of people."

"It's yet another example of the few staff still loyal to Palin questioning their loyalty and ardent defense of her over the several months since the campaign," said the aide, who was granted anonymity to speak candidly about campaign colleagues.

Since election day, Palin has publicly griped about the way she was handled by the McCain team and pushed back against some of the campaign advisers who attacked her anonymously in the press.

But another former staffer said that in doing so, Palin is failing to distinguish between the strategists at McCain headquarters and the people who were at her side every day from late August through election day.

"It's about us people who were on the plane, who showed extreme loyalty to Palin, continually getting thrown under the bus or slapped in the face by her comments, whether she means it or not," the staffer said, adding that Palin's remarks "cause you to question not only your loyalty but her judgment as a leader."

The former aides said they place part of the blame for Palin's post-campaign candor on the governor's staff in Alaska. Several have reached out individually to offer advice or assistance to the governor, but "have gotten only pleasantries in response," said one aide.

"Who is the one making the decision that she needs to be out there saying these things?," the second staffer asked. "Someone needs to be telling her, 'Listen, let's not talk the campaign any more.' We need to talk about what's relevant and thinking about her influence as a voice in the Republican Party."

"The people that she has, either working at her PAC or advisers in Alaska, aren't exactly making the best decisions for her," the staffer said.

Palin's office in Alaska did not respond to a request for comment.

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soundoff (450 Responses)
  1. No Honeymoon

    Does this woman ever take personal responsibility? Sour grapes into Palin whine! She lost: she probably contributed to McCain's loss. Now pull up your big girl, fur lined panties and deal with it!

    March 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Franky

    Watch, the GOP should not have not released that, they should have brainstorm and put forward their plan, not "solutions" instead...

    I love it!!

    March 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Keith

    Someone please tell Sarah that she has already had her 15 minutes of fame. Now she should GET LOST.

    March 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Nick

    So it's wrong that they refused to hold hands and pray, Palin?
    I pray, I don't hold anybody's hands to do so either. Perhaps these staffers do the same, pray while NOT holding another person's hands.

    March 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Dan Franklin

    And the FEAR of Sara continues!!

    March 26, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Sally

    We love this woman.

    March 26, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Wendy in So. Cal

    Palin is no leader! A true leader is a doer, not a complainer, someone who leads by example and rises above small arguments and petty differences. Palin needs to find a mentor who can help educate her and polish her image because she is a pathetic mess when left to her own devices.

    March 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. jwn in south carolina

    Sarah who?

    March 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    John McCain should be locked up for introducing America to Palin.

    March 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Jack in Florida

    When will her 15 minutes of fame be up..............enough already!

    March 26, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Peter (CA)

    We don't need them Mary. We are happy watching you Republicans tear each other apart since you are all so clueless.

    March 26, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. bob j

    go away sarah please just go away

    March 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. kyle

    Anyone who supported Palin, or thinks she is quality politician is a complete moron! There, I said what most of us are thinking, if you supported Palin, you are just plain dumb

    March 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Dayahka

    The woman can't stop whining. What a bore!

    March 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Nathan,

    She never stops.

    March 26, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Zion

    Boy, Palin just needs to hush. It is obvious people are still bitter from the brusing you took in November. Girl, you can't please anybody.

    March 26, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. ed

    I would not be offended, t is a compliment to those people who would not hold hands with this nut and pray to some fictional marshmallow in the sky and look lie idiots. The dumb audience is laughing like it's so weird that people in the smart states don't stand around and chant to non existent Gods like some jungle peoples.

    March 26, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. Michael

    haha, religous people are nuts. Palin is a whacko, and so is her brand of Republicans. Get your religion out of the way!

    March 26, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Irma in North Carolina

    Yes the Good lord knew what he was doing by not letting her and John win the election. Where was Rush he could of prayed with her and she should called on coulter and ingram. Why wasnt her minister who did witch craft pray for her. I do hope and pray that she starts thinking about her poor people in alaska and she is refusing the stimulus money that could help them. I just cant see why as the people of alaska say this women has a high rating up in Alaska is beyond me. She better have some to pray with in 2012 when she is in a Debate with Jinydl Sanford Romey cause she will be a laughing disaster.

    March 26, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Cami Evans

    Why is this making news?? Does CNN know what is going on in this country...? I mean I am sure they can find SOME news worthy things going our economy and the idiotic things our gov. is trying to do....but maybe i wouldnt' know, afterall, I'm not a journalist, just an average person.... so can we please move on or is Sarah Palin still a threat to you secular progressives!!

    March 26, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Paul

    Sarah. Please just go away.

    March 26, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. Who's Complaining

    Even if true, what makes her think this is an important point to make in a speech? I believe in individual and group prayer but when I'm about to do my job I complain that there is no one at work to pray with me! Please go away woman.

    March 26, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Gambi

    I'd like to propose a republican "Dream Ticket" of the future.
    Gov. Palin Alaska and Gov. Sanford of South Carolina. Both are refusing the stimulas money for their states because they do not care about those they now govern their eye is on their future political sad. I'm praying they and their buddy Rush will just go away.
    Gambi in South Carolina

    March 26, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. hm,florida

    well, when i read anything about Palin i am never surprised at what comes out of her mouth. she rambles and rambles and does not go anywhere with a topic.
    and to think some people would let this nut job be OUR PRESIDENT? wouldn't that be a hoot to watch???????

    March 26, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    Why do you have Palin stories everyday? Is it because she hates the media and you are just driving home a point?

    March 26, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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