April 8th, 2010
01:18 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin hails Steele as 'independent outsider'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/08/art.palin0407.gi.jpg caption ="Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity Wednesday that she supports RNC Chairman Michael Steele."](CNN) - A week after Sarah Palin asked Republican National Committee officials to remove her name from an invitation that suggested she might attend a series of GOP fundraising events, the former Alaska governor made clear she is a strong supporter of the organization's embattled chairman, Michael Steele.

"I support Michael Steele. I am glad he is the leader of the party, administratively," Palin told Fox News' Sean Hannity Wednesday. "If those within the party are choosing to go a different direction, his term is up in a number of months and they can vote someone else in. But I think he is doing a great job."

The comments come amid speculation Palin is seeking to distance herself from Steele and the RNC after news surfaced the organization expensed a night out a risqué Los Angeles nightclub for donors earlier this year and ran up large bills for luxury hotel stays and private jet travel.

But a Palin adviser told CNN that Palin's request to be removed from the invitation for the events - timed to coincide with this week's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans - was simply because she never planned on attending the events in the first place. Palin is slated to speak Friday at the SRLC, a gathering of top Republican officials and an early cattle call for potential 2012 presidential candidates.

In her comments Wednesday, the former Republican vice presidential nominee also hailed Steele as an "outsider" who is trying to change the Republican Party.

"The machine is tough I think to penetrate," she said. "I think it's been good to have an independent outsider to create some change in the Republican Party. I support him."

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soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Let's take the mask off of the maverick and see who he really is.....
    Gasp, It's grumpy old man McCain!!!
    And I would've gotten away with it, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids and your nosy dog.

    Have a nice day! Scooby Dooby Doo!!!

    April 8, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. bill

    palin needs to go back under a glacier

    April 8, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. wally

    Of course she thinks the RNC is doing a great job...they bought her a wardrobe!

    April 8, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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