June 8th, 2009
03:58 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin's plans still unclear just hours before big dinner

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/08/spalin0608.gi.jpg caption="The Alaska governor has found herself in the political hot seat once again."]

(Updated after the jump with GOP official saying Palin expected to attend dinner)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Even though Sarah Palin's trip to the East Coast was intended to be low-key and out of the glare of the national media, the Alaska governor has found herself in the political hot seat once again.

With Palin in Washington on Monday attending to state business, Republicans on Capitol Hill are left wondering if she will make an appearance at a major fundraising dinner on Monday night after a late attempt to have her speak at the event fell through.

Although the governor still has a standing invitation to attend as a guest, Republicans don't have a clue if Palin will show up, with just hours left until the event is set to begin.

Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has personally reached out to Palin to offer her a seat at his table tonight, according to an aide. But as of this afternoon, he has not heard back.

Palin's camp is also remaining mum on her plans, saying there's no word yet on whether she will attend.

A GOP official involved in the planning of the event downplayed the situation as just "a minor distraction" from what is expected to be a successful fundraiser.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, in the news himself for critical remarks about President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, is set to headline the joint fundraising dinner for the Senate and House Republican campaign committees.

Gingrich was slotted to replace Palin on the program in March after she and her staff waffled over whether she would accept the speaking invitation, which had already been publicly announced by both the NRSC and the National Republican Congressional Committee. At the time, Palin's office in Alaska said that her political staff in Washington had agreed to the invitation without consulting the governor.

Last week, Palin reached out to the committees through Republican fundraiser Fred Malek to say she would be in Washington on the day of the dinner and would be available to speak. Malek and Cornyn attempted to work out a plan that would allow Palin to make a brief speaking appearance on stage.

But Rep. Pete Sessions, the NRCC chairman, was concerned that Palin might upstage Gingrich, so the governor was later told she would not be able to deliver remarks, but was still welcome to attend.

UPDATE: A GOP official involved in the dinner planning tells CNN that the Alaska governor is "expected to attend" the event "and will be sitting with Sen. John Cornyn and his wife at their table."

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of internal GOP politics, said she is not expected to make formal remarks but will be recognized during the program.

A Palin spokeswoman refused to confirm whether the governor planned to attend the event.

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Ron

    I still don't understand why so many people upset with Sarah Palin. She is 100% smarter than all of you

    June 8, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. itwonthurt

    I didnt like her, but i think I am starting to come around.

    June 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Steve

    WOW!!! You liberals must be scared of her!!!!! Why else would the "non-biased" Clinton News Network report on every little word or action of Ms. Palin?

    It sure would be nice to hear the same alarmism about Obama's mega-trillion $ debt as we heard about when Bush's was just a fraction of that!!!

    Oh, and how many times during his european trip did Obama stumble during his speeches...yet not a peep was heard from the "non-biased" media.

    June 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Amazed

    Can someone please send Terrell Owens and Sarah Palin to Pluto, never to return in my lifetime.

    June 8, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Leslie

    Sarah Palin scares the Bejesus out of the libtards LOL! They've become so pathetic to the point they've become laughable. So far, only Alaska has a budget SURPLUS of over $2 billion, they don't know Porkulus Bill of Hussein Obama.

    Liberalism is a mental disease. Europe has finally awaken from their long slumber of llbtardnism, they're now moving to the right. Next year is another election round, the American people will show what they think of the LIBTARDS in the ballot box.

    June 8, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. lulu

    Yeah, CNN, no wonder your ratings are in the gutter. You're afraid of opinions that do not match your liberal agenda. Even your owner knows it. Can't wait until Obamanomics hits your wallets, too.

    CNN...can't leave comments unless they praise The Won. How utterly pathetic.

    June 8, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Martin

    You have to admit it's entertaining to have her as a 2012 contender. It speaks volumes as to how pathetic the GOP is right now.

    I enjoy the seeing "Party of No" shrink into oblivion and irrelevancy.

    Keep it up CNN!

    June 8, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. carole in idaho

    Is this woman terminally rude or is she boycotting etiquette because she believes it to be part of a vast French conspiracy? It seems that whenever she gets an invitation she just "pockets it" and waits to see which way the wind is blowing before deciding whether she'll show up.

    Of course one would think that these various GOP groups would get tired of being treated so crudely and STOP INVITING HER TO SPEAK/ATTEND these functions.

    Oh well, I guess it's just another case of the desperate leading the more desperate.

    June 8, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. w.l. jones

    All my tax money is going to turn the yellow sea" GREEN" with this fun raising gimmick.

    June 8, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Leslie

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA June 8th, 2009 12:58 pm ET

    Please CNN. Give me a break. It's sad enough that my fellow New Yorkers had to put up with Ms. Can't Get Right. This lady is so out of touch with everyday people. Although I can't stand Newt the Grinch as well, he's way more competant than that numbskull from Alaska. I bet Palin wasn't even in the 5 boroughs. She was probably in Weschester or Albany somewhere. She's not welcomed to the city.


    Just too bad, there are MANY Democrats who attended and listened to speech of Sarah Palin, I bet that just breaks your concentration..LOL

    June 8, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Ann

    I would love to see Governor Palin run for President in the next presidential election. She would have my vote.I think she's always been proud to be an American!

    June 8, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. JJ

    What force, and what power? This woman is mediocre at best. I can not believe that she garners more attention than legitimate stateswomen, both republican and democratic, like Snowe, Shaheen, or Murkowski. Palin needs to drag her knuckles back to Alaska.

    June 8, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. A Burger

    To those of you who feel she somehow empowers women and represents strengh, crawl out of your cave and inform yourself. This woman is dangerous, igonorant, racist, and shortsighted. God help us if Americans are stupid enough to put her in the White House!

    June 8, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. southerncousin

    With all of the really important news in the world, Pelosis lying and failure to investigate Charles Rangel, the ACORN scandal, the unions running roughshod over the taxpayers, the lack of a response to North Korea and Iran, the profilgate waste of money by the current administration, the threats to our civil rights by the current administration, the liberal media bias so evidenced in this story and other major news outlets and CNN calls this one of the most important political stories of the day?

    June 8, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. donttreadonme

    The libs can't stand it that a "self made" woman has risen to such heights. Libs judge people based on their academic credentials and how many degrees they have obtained. They use the education system to try to keep social/class order and really hate it when someone bucks the system. Not everyone had the advantages of Obama to be able to attend an exclusive private prep-high school. Even if you don’t agree with her politics, her story is amazing and she deserves a lot of credit for her remarkable achievements.

    June 8, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Video Guy

    Other than Local and State, I will not vote Republican as long as this lady is still considered a news item. I would recommend that the GOP do what they have to to get her off the national stage.

    June 8, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Jo

    Sarah is still around because CNN love to report stupid information that somewhat talks about how this women is stupid beyond repair. Sarah go to Alaska and pay back that money you took from them. Your family needs to lay low and of course your husband first dude. Your family thinks they are the rock stars of Alaska now. Don't prove us wrong Sarah.

    June 8, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Patrick - Indianapolis

    The only thing amazing about her story is that she actually managed to graduate. I wonder what it cost her though? This woman is hollow between the ears!

    June 8, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |

    I just heard her fear monggering speech. I beleive she just qualified for PHYCSO TALK.............

    June 8, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. fishy fish

    Palin = sack of sand. To all you Republicans who are wondering why we Democrats can't stand her I'll tell you that it is not because we are politically afraid of her, it is the opposite and heck we'll love her to run in 2012. We just will never forget all the hate she spewed during the last campaign. Its just payback time. ha ha!

    June 8, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. James M. Holmes

    Oh please run this woman again in 2012 Republicans... PLEASE!!!

    It would be the best (and possibly only good thing) the GOP has done for this country in two decades... since running her would finally prove to the rest of America that the GOP is no longer to be taken seriously (not that many still are taking the GOP seriously anymore, anyway)...

    Obama would be able to continue working on this nations problems if this woman is all he has to run against in 2012. Pretty safe to say she would do enough damage to herself and to make sure Obama doesn't even have to try!

    Please CNN, keep this nutball in the news... Keep quoting all her nonsense and keep exposing the GOP to be the party of ignorance, hypocracy, religious fundamentalism, corruption and greed!

    June 8, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. SJC

    Conservatives have no ability to learn or adjust. I'm starting to believe there's something organically wrong with their brains. After suffering for eight years with possibly the stupidest (and laziest) president ever, who do they turn to – Sarah Palin. This is a woman who has not said one insightful thing since she came on the national scene. Her comments the other day about Obama wanting to control the people were idiotic, paranoid and childish. She is one step above "trailer park trash" (Levi's mother is "trailer park trash") and now conservatives are pushing her to become president! Why do conservatives love to have stupid people in high office? Ford, Reagan,Quayle,George Allen, Bush, Palin and Huckabee are a few that come to mind.

    June 8, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Joe the Realist

    I would love to ask Sarah Palin one question, that question is;

    So Mrs. Palin, during the Presidential Campagne, you were sent to mostly small town rural America, there you lead HATE RALLY's...

    Why do you think the campagne managers didn't let you go to Large Diverse Cities...?

    I think most of know the answer to that question, she's only recieved well in parts of the country that have only White Narrow Minded People.........

    June 8, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Elliott

    For a Governor, she seems to be spending a lot of time outside of her state. The people in Alaska should be pissed and rightfully so.

    June 8, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Mainstream

    Why this fool just don't go away?

    June 8, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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