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. JWN

    Rats from a sinking ship!

    December 21, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As the right wingnuts say, "The rats are deserting the ship'"

    December 21, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. EffortPA

    Sarah can never possibly succeed in her delusional goal of becoming president. To become president you need to surround yourself with very intelligent people and I don't believe any intelligent person could possibly want to work for Sarah. Any intelligent person would tend to disagree with Sarah 90% of the time and we all know that Sarah does not like people who disagree with her. They often end up being enemies for life. It shouldn't take long for any intelligent person to realize how immature, unintelligent, unwise, vengeful, incompetent, and delusional Sarah really is. Once that happens, they'll simply quit. Sarah can only succeed in surrounding herself with people who are less intelligent than she is and that won't get her anywhere.

    December 21, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Marg

    Hey Tom, it probably fells good to (WAKE UP AND SMELL REALITY)!!! This money grubber women isn,t going anywhere but out to kill animals, and quit jobs! She is a joke,and all people with common sense, KNOWS IT!!!!!!! Just think,the new camp david would be a game reserve,and all her staff has to kill 1 animal apiece!!!!!! LOL Go Home Sarah. Maybe you will come back in the next life as a Moose,or any animal that people like you can get your scope on!!!!!!!

    December 21, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Michael in Houston

    Here is the bottom line to Palin. There is something very dangerous and disturbing about her as a person. She is not right. I dont know if the profound lack of intellect, the creepiness of her persona, or if its just the fact that someone moved a rock and out came this.....thing.
    She is going to run for President. I dont know what game she is playing here but she is going to attempt to become the nominee for the repubs. That much I do know. She will also muscle her way in front of the cameras for the royal wedding in the spring...that too is a guarantee. She will literally try and steal the show form the royal princess because she is everything Palin is not and Palin's ego wont tolerate that. She will get dizzy with envy at the sight of the princess.
    More to the point though...Palin is so unappealing, so lacking, and such a bucket of slop that anyone who votes for her, actually votes for this....whatever......YOU have performed the most ignorant disregard and contempt for the United States of America that most of us in America will look at you in utter disgust and shame. Once you sink that low as to vote for Palin, you have spat in the mouth of America. I appreciate a good battle and discussion of who is the best candidate to lead America...and I may not like your candidate but I respect your vote and opinion. Palin is the exception to that and 7 out of 10 Americans agree. There is NOTHING in her being, on her agenda, or within her capability to justify a single vote. You know it, we know it, and she knows it. She is a scam with an out of control ego and she is an outrage.

    December 21, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. ConsiderThis

    Sombody please tell us what are those principles that "make this country great" that representative Gosar is referring to. Is it justice and fair play? Hardly. Is it fiscal discipline? That's a joke. Is it sharing the wealth of America with all of its citizens so that people can raise a family, live in a home, send their childred to college, etc? Not a chance. Is it allowing all Americans to have health insurance. Certainly this is not American. Is it to die for freedom? What freedom do we have when it doesn't matter who we vote for, we, the people always end up getting screwed. Somebody, please tell me what principles that we adhere to that make this country great.

    December 21, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Sgt, Joe

    I'm sure he's another great piece of work if he was ever associated with that dimwit.

    December 21, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Jay

    And, CNN, just because it's Sarah "The Big Lie" Palin, we care because.....?

    December 21, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. rusty155

    If they were smart they all leave SARAN PALIN. She UNQUALIFIED for any PUBLIC OFFICE.

    December 21, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. JOhn

    Being an advisor for Palin is like being a nurse for Dr. Kevorkian.

    December 21, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Tom Repasky

    The key phrase here is 'committed'

    December 21, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. gurarro

    Please CNN. No more Palin stuff in Ticker. Enough is enough.

    December 21, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. teepee

    guess he wanted a job with a future

    December 21, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Damian

    Smart move on his part. She is nothing more than an oportunistic pig.

    December 21, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. A female in Wyoming

    Gosar is probably also leaving Palin because he sees exactly what she has become. A loser in every sense of the word, a fading star, and an alienator. He was probably soon to be out of a job if he remained in her crumbling circle.

    December 21, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Spooky Mckoon

    She isn't going to need him in alaska and she has no chance at winning any election in any other state so just give it up already you mentally challenged eskimo prostitute I am sick of hearing about you and your retarded family.

    December 21, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. mtnmedic

    One by one they scurry away. Palin is a joke. Good looking woman, but that's about all she is.

    December 21, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Expat American

    Palin is nothing more than a brand. Much like Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton. Difference is, instead of hawking a large hindside, 'leaked' sex tapes and Walgreen’s $2.00 perfumes, she is selling lies to the Poor White Trash Cross Burnin’ Real Americans in hopes of brainwashing them into believing that the GOP actually gives them a second thought.

    Palin’s handlers, and not Palin are the key players as to whether she stages a failed presidential run in 2012 or not. It if these handlers who keep her away from the public eye and protect her, or more importantly her stupidity and lack of intelligence that still seems to seep out like raw sewage out of a sinkhole.

    Without her many many handlers watching her every move, Sarah Palin would be reduced to what she actually is; that is an unintelligent racist, bigot and coward still trying to cash in on her pageant bikini of 25-30 years ago.

    December 21, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Carol

    Smart man to leave Palin.

    December 21, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Terry - Indiana

    Tom Van Flein is smart, get off the sinking ship and get positioned in Washington for better times.

    December 21, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Alaskan Sourdough

    He probably looked in her ear and saw through her empty head.

    December 21, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. EddyL

    Every day we have to have a Palin NON NEWS story.... This moron is the most over-exposed person in the country. I'm sick to death of hearing about her.

    December 21, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Expat American

    There is a significant chasm between Palin’s folksy talk about ‘Shakin’ up DC’ and how legislation actually works. This is one reason for her popularity among those less informed and less educated who make up her hard core base. It’s easy to rile up a bar full of white drunk dirty tank top bigots in some trailer park with unintelligent bumbling but it’s hard to actually back up your claims with actual facts and from an actual position of responsibility; two factors that Palin is conveniently not burdened with.

    Palin/Bachman/O’Donnell for the Department of Federal Verbal Tea Sewage 2012…

    December 21, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. A. Goodwin

    Why is it that when Sarah farts, the whole world has to hear about it?

    December 21, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. once upon a horse

    really just wondering WHY this is newsworthy at all. Oh yeah I forgot it has Palin's name attached to it.'s love affair with her is really outlandish at times.

    December 21, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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