Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was invited to speak at the National Republican Senate Committee/National Republican Congressional Committee joint fundraiser in June. They thought she accepted, her office said, not so, that she wasn’t going to commit until after the Alaska Legislative Session, which ends in three weeks I believe.
So they disinvite her, and go with Newt Gingrich instead. Ok their prerogative. Speaker Gingrich will be a good speaker for them, but I sincerely doubt he’ll raise the cash that she would have. What irks me is the “anonymous sources” quoted in the Fox News article about this.
Sources familiar with the Palin snub fumed about how the governor handled this.
"She was a disaster," one Republican source told FOX News. "We had confirmation."
Oh yes, “sources.” Spineless little twits who can’t stand by their remarks. Jimmy Orr makes a good point regarding this, “Give the nameless source some credit. If there’s one party that knows about disaster, it’s the GOP.”
Ouch. Look, taking pot shots at Governor Palin will not help rebuild the party. They will lose a fundraising asset. Ultimately the GOP is the loser in all of this.
Definitely a case of miscommunication, NRSC/NRCC blaming SarahPAC, and Meg Stapleton’s (SarahPAC’s spokesperson) response to the Associated Press saying she never confirmed.
A spokeswoman for Palin’s political action committee, Meghan Stapleton, denied Tuesday that Palin had ever confirmed her role as a speaker, even though the NRSC and the NRCC issued a joint press release two weeks ago trumpeting her appearance.
"Enthusiasm during a scheduling meeting among SarahPAC members to discuss events that we thought the governor should consider attending was misinterpreted as a confirmation of attendance," Stapleton said in an e-mail.
The sad thing is she would have likely said yes if they just waited.
Stapleton said Palin would not agree to political events until after April 20, when the Alaska legislative session ends. "She is focused on Alaska," Stapleton said today.
And while Palin’s camp claimed no hard feelings about being replaced by Gingrich, Stapleton said, "She probably would have said yes if they could have waited."
By the way, have you supported SarahPac?
Update: Featured at Why Mommy Is a Republican, and Lisa you are right there is nothing wrong with the GOP as seen through the platform. It is when it is ignored we run into problems.