From Anchorage Daily News:
Organizers of an Anchorage event that has been billing Sarah Palin for weeks as a star speaker were left scrambling Wednesday after learning that the former governor won’t be there for tonight’s event and claims to have never been asked.
It would be at least the fourth time in recent months that an anticipated Palin speech has fallen through after Palin and her camp disputed they had ever confirmed it. That includes the brouhaha over whether she’d speak at the annual congressional Republican fundraising dinner in Washington, D.C., this summer.
(Every campaign sign for
Captain Underpants’s John McCain’s reelection in Arizona should have Princess Sarah’s picture affixed to it.)
This time it’s an event promoting an Alaska ballot measure aimed at making it illegal for teens to get an abortion without telling their parents. The Alaska Family Council has been advertising that Palin would give a speech and become the first official signer of the ballot petition tonight at ChangePoint, the Anchorage megachurch.
Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton said Wednesday, in response to inquiries from the Daily News about tonight’s event, that “this is the first we have ever heard of a speech.” She said Palin is out of state and won’t be there.
Stapleton declined to provide details on where Palin is and what she is doing.
Alaska Family Council President Jim Minnery said it was news to him when a reporter told him that Stapleton was saying Palin had no knowledge of the speech, which his group has been promoting. He said organizers have been talking to Palin “contacts” for weeks about it.
He declined to say who the organizers had been speaking to. “I’d just prefer to keep it kind of anonymous right now, especially since you’re hearing something that’s opposite of what we’ve been hearing.”
Palin and Star Parker, a national anti-abortion advocate, have been advertised as the draws for tonight’s “kick-off celebration and public signing ceremony” as well as a private fundraiser to benefit the ballot measure earlier in the evening at an Anchorage home. The suggested donation is $500 a couple.
Palin spokeswoman Stapleton said Palin was indeed invited to the fundraiser.
“She had hoped to be able to attend but cannot return (to Alaska) in time for that private fundraiser,” Stapleton said.
She said Palin notified the group that she would be out of town; Minnery said he didn’t know anything about Palin saying she wouldn’t be in Anchorage.
The group’s e-mail newsletter last week said that “following her speech on the importance of parental involvement in abortion decisions,” Palin would sign the petition.
Stapleton said Palin had previously agreed to be the first signer of the petition for the ballot measure pushed by the family council. But, “obviously since the signature-gathering process started a couple of weeks ago there was less pressure to get home to be the first to sign,” she said Wednesday.
This was expected to be Palin’s first public event since she resigned as governor a month ago. An advertised Aug. 8 Palin appearance at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Southern California had been previously billed as the first. But Stapleton crushed that talk with a July 30 note on Palin’s Facebook page saying the former governor never promised to attend the California event and wouldn’t because of “other work and commitments to take care of.”
Sightings of Palin have been few and far between since. She spent some time in New York recently meeting with the editor and publisher of her book, due out in spring 2010.
Palin’s only consistent communication with the public since resigning has been posts on her Facebook page that are quickly picked up by the news media. They have largely been criticism of Democratic proposals for health care reform, including her contention that President Obama was supporting “death panels” and a Wednesday post praising Fox News host Glenn Beck and asking people to watch his show.
Because the idiots who follow Princess Sarah on Facebook have never heard of Glenn Blechhh or his show.