GOP leaders claim Palin is keynote speaker at their big fundraising dinner, but Palin “did not know anything about it”




I really love reading the Anchorage Daily News. See, this morning, I was watching MSNBC, which reported that Palin was going to be the speaker at a big GOP fundraiser in a couple months. But, Palin’s hometown newspaper, instead of just taking the word of the GOP and the traditional media types, asked Governor Palin’s office about it. Apparently, the Governor was unaware that she was going to be the keynoter. The GOP is in disarray, but you’d think something like getting a dinner speaker wouldn’t be so complicated:

Gov. Sarah Palin’s spokesman said Monday that congressional Republicans were mistaken in announcing the governor would headline one of the biggest Republican gatherings of the year, the Senate-House dinner in Washington, D.C. The governor’s office said Palin has not even confirmed she would be attending the event. “I communicated with the governor directly and she did not know anything about it,” said Bill McAllister, the governor’s spokesman.

The chairmen of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, and the National Republican Congressional Committee, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, sent out a press release Monday announcing Palin as keynote speaker for the June 8 event.

It’s the annual fundraiser for the Republican Party’s congressional re-election efforts.

The NRSC and NRCC announcement of Palin’s leading role in the event made national news. The Associated Press distributed the story and it appeared on the Web sites of the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News and USA Today, among many others.

McAllister said Palin asked him why The Associated Press was reporting that she was going to do this. “I pointed out the (National Republican Senatorial Committee) press release and she was like, no,” he said.

NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh said Monday night that the staff of the governor’s national political action committee, SarahPAC, had confirmed Palin would indeed speak at the Senate-House dinner.

You remember SarahPac, which is “Dedicated to building America’s future, supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation.” But, it seems that SarahPac doesn’t talk to or speak for Sarah. Or something like that. These Republicans are a mess.


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