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. buzz

    Well, the cat's out of the bag!! Sara must like to have a "fast and easy drink" now and then! Thus the invite to this big convention! I sure hope she behaves herself while she is in Vegas! But then again, as they say - "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Maybe we all will GET a big surprise and she will show up on Youtube and/or FaceBook, with her fancy bkinki! and a big Margueritia in one hand, and a hundred dollar bill in the other!! And this is a woman who is a CHRISTIAN, and is very FAMILY ORIENTED??????????????? This must be the new definition of Christianity for the GOP - If it feels good, do it!!! Nevermind what God might think or say - It's the 21st Century!! Just impress everyone with your so called Christian, family values, and you'll be just fine!! And when you get brave enough - "Let it ALL hang out'!!! Good Luck, Sara!!! And Shhhhhhh!!! We know - only the brave hearted travel to Vegas!!!!!

    January 12, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Joy Astrolio

    Just goes to show you that Sarah has been overcome with fame and now fortune. This is a woman loved by the Christian Right, and now she is going to Vegas for the Wine and Alcohol Wholesales. She will do anything for money, apparently.

    January 12, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Zach - Seattle

    This is just weird.

    January 12, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. TT

    You go Sarah! So many people love you and support you and I hope and pray that you don't go away anytime soon. Can't wait to see you on Fox tonight and for years to come!

    January 12, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. jim

    I have loved ones in the ground because of alcohol. To hell with them!

    January 12, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. wait a minute

    When the alcohol industry drives the national economy, we have no hope.

    January 12, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. chris

    I thought that born again Christians were against the consumption of alcohol? Well, you learn something new everyday...

    January 12, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Kate

    Next we will see her advocating for the Bunny Ranch. HEY! As long as it brings in money, its okay!

    Drill, Baby, Drill! Don't matter who it hurts!

    January 12, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. JPM

    At least the audience will have the opportunity to blind stinking drunk before they listen to her dribble.

    January 12, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. Irma

    I guess she is going to tell the nation it is OK to drink as we live in the land of free enterprise and capitalism reigns supreme as long as industry is making money. What in the world does that dumb mother know about what is good for the nation's future when she is having difficulty with her own family and when she couldn't govern Alaska she just up and quit, how inspiring. Take care of your own family before you try to run a great nation. One thing she dos like to do is raise a lot of money for herself, by being folksy, what a phony, only a 'tea party' person could love.

    January 12, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. Doug

    Palin / Beck 2012!

    January 12, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Joe in PA

    Showgirl or prostitute?

    January 12, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Marie

    And I will vote by abstaining from all alcoholic beverages.

    January 12, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Patrish

    Just a few more pennies in her pocketbook. Hopefully everyone will have a a few drinks before her speech, and won't even notice that she is incoherent and doesn't make much sense.

    January 12, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. AEK

    Probably will emphasize her version of family values to one of the groups most responsible for the damage done by alcohol to the American family. This would smack of blatant hypocrisy if it wasn't Sarah Palin gettin' rich. You betcha!

    January 12, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. AKReport

    Love Sarah!

    January 12, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Gale

    The Democrats always accuse the Republicans of spewing hatred towards their beloved office holders, well watch them unleash on Sarah. If you want to see hate, slander, and unmitigated venom, just stay tuned
    folks. Let the mud slinging begin!

    January 12, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

    If these goons didn't make alcohol, I'd boycott them. Too bad they do.

    January 12, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Joke of The Day

    This is too funny for words. Wondering if the comedians that regularly perform in Vegas will think that Sarah's invading their turf, since she'll surely deliver a comedy routine for a bunch of drunk sales reps.

    January 12, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Erick

    I think Sarah Palin needs to seek a counselor for help. Of course, she needs money, money, money, money, and M-O-N-E-Y!!

    January 12, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Nellie Bly

    Psst – someone tell her it's beer, not deer.

    January 12, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. p

    I am so sick of her!

    January 12, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. PK California

    Sarah Palin professes to know everything about everything, but knows nothing about anything! She is being used to draw crowds. The groups don't care what she says, just get them in, give her a script,then we'll work the crowd! She is a curiosity, like a side show in a circus!

    January 12, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Drew

    Stop filling the aorwaves witrh this person of no consequence.
    We have more impotant people and issues to deal with.
    CNN – get your head out of the gutter and start living up to your responsibility to provide the people with important information about serious issues.
    This is bubblegum. Is that what your producers call news?
    And you think FOX is opinion-journalism?

    January 12, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. c

    Why doesn't she just stay home and take care of her "special needs" child. I am so sick of hearing her name. I just watched my last CNN program also.

    January 12, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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