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. Linda

    This woman has no ethics, just a hunger for fame and money- now she is pushing alcohol and Las Vegas rather than God and celibacy.

    Perfect match for the liars and propagandists at Fox News-

    January 12, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Jim

    Heh, their biggest customer as their key note speaker... Awesome...

    January 12, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Rick from Portland

    Pay her enough and she'd talk to a Hooker's Convention, or a Cannibal Convention for that matter, sheesh what a shill!

    January 12, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    What a bunch of horse manure. Palin couldn't even explain free enterprise, so how could she support it? Probably because someone told her it was a good thing. As far as her vision for the future: I wonder if she can see it from her house.

    January 12, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. mitzie - GA

    There must be a lot of money in it. That is what appeals to Sarah Palin.

    January 12, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. jhoopy56

    ROTFLMAO! *gasp* Somebody help me, here. CNN is having WAY too much fun with this one. Between the impossibly ironic headline and the phallic reference in the photo, I simply cannot breathe. Stop it...stop it...

    January 12, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. hawkeye

    Should be hard to tell whether she has had too many samples. She should replace Jay Leno, she is a natural comdian. Every time I see her I just start laughing before she even opens her mouth. George Bush wasn't the worst thing the Republicans have done.

    January 12, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. ann

    Way to go, Sarah. Good luck in everything you pursue. You make the pitiful naysayers sick with your success but you represent the good in the down to earth, hardworking, honest American people, so go for it. We're rooting for you all the way.

    January 12, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Sarah

    I thought she was a born again christrian.......I didn't think they believed in drinking.......so why would she go and speak for this Industry.......this Industry is responsible for the deaths of many people that are killed by drunk drivers........she believe abortion is wrong (the killing of babies) but I guess its ok if your babies are killed by drunk drivers.....

    January 12, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. W l Jones

    One thing we cannot say about Ms. Palin she did not come on the line early in the morning matured by noon whithers mid after noon fall of by seven P.M. She a hot commodity thank to Senator John you know who. Where fine wine good Liquor and good friend chat.

    January 12, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Jeff in Houston

    Good God! Makes me want to go out, get drunk, kill a herbivore that has a fraction of my cranial capacity using my superior technology, then come back in to town and kick around some minorities before I go to Bible study. Just makes ones blood run swiftly.

    Too bad none of it gets to her brain.

    And now that the Facist News Network has joined hands with the Animal Planet Channel. . . . no wait . . . .getting nasty notes from the animals. They are insulted now. Sorry. I thought it was funny.

    Do we have a Bovine Channel?

    January 12, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Florida Joe

    WOW great......A job she might be able to handle serving cocktails...Of course you run the risk that she might QUIT before she delivers your order

    January 12, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Stu-SWFlorida

    Alcohol comes to mind every time I hear her name. Perhaps she can do the opening act for Wayne Newton.
    I need a drink...

    January 12, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Carol

    If she is a part of America's future, we don't have anywhere to go but up!

    January 12, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. Rick - Ex Marine, Liberal

    She really IS a showgirl!

    January 12, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. jerry in VT

    Hic! Prediction.....she will be better than the guy who came before her Foster Brooks.

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

    Levi was right. It's all about the money.

    January 12, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. mm1200

    OMG-How CHRISTIAN of you! Oh, those family values hard at work... I'm sure it was probably alcohol that led to your teenage daughter getting knocked up. Sarah Palin gets the "Most Pathetic Excuse For A Human" award.

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

    shes a quiter period

    January 12, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. John E Lexington KY

    What is the delicate phrase for this? Personage of ill repute. Dispenser of personal favors for money. Street walker.

    The last one about gets it.

    January 12, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. Tim from Canada

    It is funny, when one of our reports from the Yukon mentioned that Sarah Palin was trailer trash she almost got beheaded. Where are the clothes that were going to be auctioned for charity? Why did she quit? How can anyone be so stupid and never answer a question yet be given the status you americans have given her. I am sure the Bushes hope she gets elected, at least then there might be a conversation who was the dumbest president ever. And by the way when the republicans speak to Canadian health care it showes how sullied they are, there is no such thing as Canadian Health care it is a provincial thing not federal.

    January 12, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Oh Really?

    Sounds about right, since she talks as if she is wasted most of the time.

    January 12, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Where is her pastor????

    There goes Ms. Holy Mary, what happened to all the christian values, I suppose she is planning to bring her pastor along to the alcohol convention. These right-wing hypocrites will do anything for money, it's amazing how they try to hijack Christianity (old testament variant, since they know nothing about the reforms Christ brought in the new testament). American Christians need to wake up and smell the coffee. TEA BAGGERS, you are just being used while the fools behind the curtains make millions of dollars off your anger. As for Sarah Palin (our deputy chief anti-terrorism expert, deputizing cheney), she should be the poster child for education reform, she is a good example of our lack of quality education.........A MORON.

    January 12, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Clint, Wa.

    Listening to this idot speak will drive a lot of people to drinking, so your bottom line should look pretty good.

    January 12, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |

    "Governor Palin is a great supporter of America's free enterprise system ........... We're proud and honored to welcome her as a speaker,"

    We're proud means, we paid a lot of money to her. I'm sure she knows as much about wine ans spirits as she knows about Russia.

    You know we have a saying here, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but please Mrs. Palin, DON'T STAY!!! Leave as soon as possible, we don't need your karma in Vegas, things are slow enough here. I'm sure you and your right wing nuts don't approve of our sinful gambling. Or better yet, why don't you just cancel or be a no show again. Quitting and not showing up seems to be what you do best. Las Vegas hopes you do your best again, please.

    January 12, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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