Key aide departs Palin world
December 21st, 2010
08:18 AM ET
9 years ago

Key aide departs Palin world

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is losing a key member of her inner circle.

Lawyer Tom Van Flein is departing Palin's world to work for incoming Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, according to Gosar's office.  The Anchorage Daily News first reported the story Monday.

"I am pleased to have Tom Van Flein, with his experience and background, help me in D.C. with my District issues and the issues facing our country," said Gosar. "As one of my trusted advisers, I look forward to working with him in Washington and ensuring that we listen to the American people and work to uphold the principles that make this country great."

Van Flein is among only a handful of advisers with regular access to Palin, having served as both a legal, political, and media adviser to the former Alaska governor as she has navigated the political waters since her debut on the national stage in 2008. His is certain to leave a big hole in Palin's circle, especially as the former vice presidential nominee considers gearing up for a presidential election bid.

"Rep. Gosar is getting a wise, experienced and principled hand that will help him hit the ground running. Along with millions of Americans, I will be watching the new freshman class shake up D.C." Palin said in a statement.

Gosar was among the Republicans Palin endorsed ahead of the midterm elections.

"The mid-term elections represent a tectonic shift," said Van Flein. "I want to work with Rep. Gosar because he is committed to Arizona, and he is committed to making government more efficient, and our country more independent from its reliance on foreign energy and natural resources."

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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. JB21

    Anybody wants to be associated with this idiot woman?

    December 21, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. tcaros

    Sarah Palin will never hold a political office again.
    The American people already are sick of her reality series. If not for the conservative ownership of the networks and media she would not even be on the air.

    December 21, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Spider1

    Can't one day, just one day come that this thing or woman (I use the name woman loosely) is not on CNN

    December 21, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Sara Pox

    Hi,Sarah needs to go back to Alaska and stay there,she is sooo annoying,has no idea about anything,just someone that needs attention.She makes a ton of cash by spewing hate and making stupid erroneous comments!!

    December 21, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. DIANA

    First rat starting to leave the sinking ship that's called Sarah. Hope the media does what he did and leave her.

    December 21, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Alina77

    America would be so much better with out all of people that claiming "Unconditional love for America" . Palin should go shoot some more animals, at least they would keep her away from making more damage to this country, not only by showing kids that its Ok to fat and unhealthy.

    December 21, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. A disgusted former Republican

    Who is going to write the notes on sister sarah's hand now?

    December 21, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Robert

    With any luck, that noise we are hearing is the handle being pulled and the water circling the bowl of Srah Palin's extended fifteen minutes.

    December 21, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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