January 12th, 2010
10:03 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin to address alcohol industry event in Las Vegas

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/01/art.palinmoney.gi.jpg caption="Palin will speak to the Wine and Liquor Wholesalers of America in April."]Washington (CNN) - Las Vegas and alcohol probably aren't the first two things that come to mind at the mention of Sarah Palin, but the former vice presidential candidate is about to change that.

At least that's according to Craig Wolf, the president and CEO of the Wine and Liquor Wholesalers of America, who announced Tuesday that Palin will keynote the group's annual convention and and expo in Las Vegas in early April.

"Governor Palin is a great supporter of America's free enterprise system and understands that industries like the beverage alcohol industry play a key role in driving our national economy. We're proud and honored to welcome her as a speaker," Wolf said in a statement. "We expect she will share with the convention attendees her analysis of the current political environment and her vision for America's future."

The convention includes a "Wine and Spirits Tasting Competition," which, according to the press release, "secured a spot on the agenda after drawing overwhelming response and favorable feedback during its debut" last year.

An aide to Palin was not immediately available to confirm the WLWA appearance.

The Las Vegas stop comes a few days before Palin is scheduled to address the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, a major gathering of GOP leaders that that in recent years has become an early proving ground for potential presidential candidates.

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  1. Carole

    So, her grandbaby's daddy was right......she quit the governship for the money$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    January 12, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. bdm

    the train wreck continues... what happened to her american values? good grief.

    January 12, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Who Cares

    Palin has always acted like she's been hitting the Yukon Jack a little too hard, so I heartily approve of this selection.

    January 12, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. MAngeline

    Do you get the feeling this woman will do anything for $$$$? Is that handsome Dude of hers working these days? Or is she supporting the whole tribe?? Let's hope these guys don't get all liquored b4 she starts speaking!

    January 12, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Irishbreeze

    Wow this women just goes from one corner to the next. Sarah having been the Governor of Alaska, which has one of the "highest" alcoholism rates, one of the highest rates of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, (FAS), highest sexual assault rate, with alcohol as a factor, professes to be a "Christian". I guess it is all about "show me the money".

    January 12, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    WOW! Thanks for the "news?"

    January 12, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |

    Milking it for all it's got. She making away like a bandit. A booty bandit. I can't believe this country pays to hear this retard speak. This little piggy needs a bit more lipstick. She is singlehandedly dismantling the repugs. You go girl!!!

    January 12, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Charlie in Maine

    Wow! Thanks for the "News?"

    January 12, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Tram

    Her analysis? Are you joking?

    Look, if you want her to go to Vegas to be a showgirl or a dancer in one of the casinos, that's fine. But she is incapable of analyzing anything. That requires brain cells, and she lacks those.

    January 12, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Or maybe she's going to rendezvous with Sen. Ensign. Hmmm

    January 12, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. lovable liberal

    No one else in American gets coverage for *every* speech. Is it news that Sarah Palin can actually get a sentence out? Hey, does she use a TelePrompTer?

    January 12, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Steph

    What an opportunist. Pay her, and she'll do anything.

    January 12, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. moderate

    to say what? This moron can not even speak coherently. Let her stay in Alaska and keep an eye on Putin

    January 12, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Bobbie

    When I saw the headline, I thought maybe she got a job as a 'showgirl'. If she had, I would be buying tickets for the front row!

    January 12, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. chris

    just wondering but why did he refer to her as "governor palin" she resigned months ago........when arnold retires in cali is his title in a movie going to be governor arnold???

    January 12, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. jeff jackson, alabama

    I would pay good money to see Sarah Palin
    speak and be able to drink at the same time.
    Call me old fashion but I like a pretty woman
    who excites a crowd and I don't mind a little nip
    of whiskey also.
    I would also vote for her. Golly gee, I sure hope
    that doesn't make me an extremist.

    January 12, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. David R. George

    Speaking at the Chicken Ranch would be more appropriate for her.

    January 12, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Where's socialism? Oh, that was just a GOP scare tactic

    Wow, now that's Family Values.

    January 12, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. Patricia in Las Vegas

    They are just hoping that they will drive more people to drink!!!!

    January 12, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Steve in Kentucky

    This is of course a perfect match - people who produce alcohol and somebody who obviously must consume large quantities of it - or something.

    MADD Mothers take note.

    January 12, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |

    I think I would take ANYONE at the alcohol convention's vision of the future over Sarah Palins!

    January 12, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Jasmine in Germany

    I don't think any politician should be a keynote to a convention which positively represents products associated with ugly diseases (alcoholism and its physical, mental, and social consequences, etc.) and sets a poor example to the young people of the country. I think Palin has made a mistake. The financial payment and the perks of this event obviously outweighed common sense, personal dignity, and moral values.

    January 12, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Jerome

    You Americans are one very sick bunch of people to continue to advance this idiot and her totally stupid ideas.

    The American dream and the country is only days away from sinking into oblivion and this woman is helping to speed the process up.

    For a country as rich as you are to continue to not have universal health care is beyond belief. Your six richest capitalists could fund everyone and not make a dint in their pockets.

    I know you won't print this but I get the satisfaction of knowing one United Station will have read this.

    I say United Station since Americans are everyone who live in North and South America not just you yanks.

    January 12, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Linda S

    That's an event I'd have to be fall down drunk to get through.

    January 12, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. SHinTX

    What's next on her schedule: The Porn Convention? She'll do anything for the all mighty dollar.

    January 12, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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