Skip to comments.Sarah Palin asks to be taken off invitation for Republican National Committee party
Posted on 04/01/2010 11:00:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Sarah Palin is refusing to be tied down by the Republican National Committee, days after the committee was found to have spent donors' money at an erotic, bondage-themed club.
The former Alaska governor has asked the RNC to remove her name from an official invite to a New Orleans fundraiser next week, even though she'll be in the Big Easy for a separate GOP event.
The one-time Republican vice presidential nominee "will not take part in any RNC fundraiser in New Orleans," an aide told Politico.com.
The apparent snub comes days after federal disclosure forms showed the RNC spent nearly $2,000 earlier this year at Voyeur, a high-end, West Hollywood club known for its nearly naked staffers and live S&M acts.
Aides to Palin insisted her refusal to appear at the New Orleans event had nothing to do with the Voyeur scandal.
But fallout from the GOP's risque business expense has continued to roil the party.
Many big givers are said to be re-directing their cash away from the RNC and its chairman, Michael Steele - who has been under fire for months for lavish spending - and toward the party's more austere Senate and House campaign funds.
Internally, the RNC also axed the staffer who led the expedition to Voyeur, Allison Meyers. It was Meyers who got the RNC to reimburse the GOP reveler stuck with the evening's $1,946 tab.
Meyers headed the RNC's Young Eagles program, a fundraising effort aimed at the under-45 crowd which has also been suspended in the wake of the scandal.
All Young Eagle events - including a swank steeplechase event in Virginia's horse country - have been cancelled pending a review, according to an e-mail from a top RNC official obtained by Politico.
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I Can’t blame her for that.
I don’t think it’s a big deal (the “scandal”) but I support her silent statement that she won’t play ball with them unless they get their act sorted out.
I like her style. She might be tied with unholy fetters to McCain, but she can tell the RNC to take a hike. And McCain might be next!
Steele should resign. The RNC tried to hide the embarrassment and failed.
We gotta clean out the GOP before we clean out the gov’t in general.
My mail from the Repulsicans goes right to the shredder. When they indicate that they can even spell “conservative” I might think of giving them money again.
They can start with Steele - by kicking his butt so hard he lands in Kansas. And nope, that’s not racist...that’s applying standards.
Hey, what did we Kansans do to deserve this?
If there is any weakness to the Republicans it would be the many skeletons in the closets of their most viable candidates.
There used to be a time when Mark Sanford was considered a viable candidate to be either VP or POTUS. Look what’s happened since ? The Jack Abramoff lobbying scandals was a major factor behind the lost of the House in 2006. Is the GOP going to commit political suicide again ?
If this goes on, it would not matter how good your policies are, people will just grow sick and tired of your party as no different from the Dems.
But fallout from the GOP's risque business expense has continued to roil the party.
...roils State Media more like it!
Hold on, the NY Daily is taking liberties, i posted the politico story about her not wanting her name on the fundraiser because she didnt say that she was going to that down in NO.......this report claims that she refuse because of the scandal, now maybe she doesnt like whats going on with this sex scandal, but no one associated with her ever said that this was the reason why......
Aides to Sarah Palin have asked the Republican National Committee to remove her name from an invitation that suggests she might attend a series of committee fundraising events timed to coincide with next week's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.
Though Palin will speak on Friday at the SRLC, a gathering of top Republican officials and an early cattle call for potential 2012 presidential candidates, the former Alaska governor will not be participating in any RNC fundraising event, a Palin adviser told CNN.
Palin's staff has twice asked the RNC to remove her name from the invitation, the adviser said, adding that the request had nothing to do with the nightclub controversy currently making headlines.
The RNC has organized a four-day fundraising effort around the New Orleans conference titled "Pachyderms on the Pontchartrain," according to a donor invitation obtained by Politico on Wednesday.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Sen. Rick Santorum have committed to appear at one of the RNC events, but the agenda also boasts several "invited speakers" - including Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour - who do not appear to have confirmed their attendance. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is listed as an invited speaker, but Pawlenty said last week he is skipping the New Orleans conference.
The RNC did not immediately respond when asked if they will take Palin's name off the agenda.
Sarah had never accepted along with several others and simply asked to be taken off the invite list. ABC has reported this as a schism between Sarah and the RNC. I think the ABC reporter has an agenda.
A staffer taking some people to a club cannot possibly make the republicans no different than the democrats.
I second that!
Your right, why would we think this is true?
Hopefully she's just 'tied' to McCain for only a couple more months and McCain gets his 'gold retirement watch' from the voters in Arizona's primary...
I for one am very happy of her decision, who needs to be tied to scandals and corruption in BOTH parties. I hope she gets the nomination, wins and appoints some really good house cleaners that will really go after the all the slime balls that are on the committees. The left doesn’t understand why she appeals to the general public as much as she does. We don’t care if Russia can not be seen from her front door, or if her daughter carried her child, she fights corruption, really supports our armed forces, loves her country, momma and apple pie, and that’s all that matters. Gee, she doesn’t want to be with the RINO crowd? Duhhh!
Debauchery is clearly not Sarah’s bag. Read it and weep, RNC!
Right......this article nowhere quotes anybody close to Sarah saying the reason she wants off the fundraiser is because of the sex scandal....This is the reason newspapers are tabloid trash in most people eyes....They wanted to pimp Palin’s name because it generates traffic on their website and then they spice it up with false reporting....
The money quotes:
"How many times have groups floated the name of Governor Palin to sell tickets to an event by implying she was attending when in fact she wasn't? I've honestly lost track."
"Exit question: Why doesn't the RNC ever use Mitt Romney's name to sell tickets? He is, after all, the preferred establishment candidate. Surely they'd want to take advantage of his vast popularity, no?"
True or false, (mostly false) I am certain we will read similar stories from now on until November. The Dims (or Deems) are in big trouble and they need all the help from the MSM they can get.....and the MSM will be there for them.
It appears that the RINOs have put themselves in bondage, who knew?
Anyone involved in this should have been fired. Is there anyone, anywhere who thought this was a good idea?
“I Cant blame her for that.”
Same here. For the same reasons I throw RNC donation request in the garbage.
Every interview I've seen of attendees to McCain's events indicate the people came to see Palin, not Juan...and that Juan can't count on their support.
Why a couple more months? Why is she snubbing the GOP but supporting the poster boy of the GOP establishment? This “loyalty” bit has run its course. Time for her to seperate from McQueeg, but it’s probably already too late.
Don't do that. Write a nastygram on them and send it back in their post-paid envelope. If that happens enough times, maybe they'll get the message.
There is still such a thing as FReedom of association or assembly or sumthin’, isn’t there?
Enjoy your stay in NO, Sarah.
And that is the type of thinking that gave us W. and his big government, amnesty driven spend-a-thon. We are in a bucket load of trouble and much of it due to our own misbehavior. We deserve better than the kind of sleaze that Steele has produced.....
Get Michael STEELE out of the RNC Chairmanship right now! or the RNC is going to be the Pathetic Laughing Stock and Butt of Late Night Jokes and DNC ATTACKS!! Steele has demonstrated a complete lack of Managerial and Moral Skills and Ethics! We bounce from One “DISASTER!” to another “DISASTER!” almost on a Daily basis with Steele at the Helm of the RNC!
Nope, not too late, just politics. Let’s not write her off, good politicians have to play the room and garner support.
They’re never pure or perfect.
She’s no Reagan, but I am willing to give her a chance.
At the same time there are some very good conservatives up and coming and we’ve got time to develop a solid anti-communist line-up.
GOOD for her! I wouldn’t go either.
If McCain wins re-election it will probably be because of her support. Not good.
I agree, but politics is that way. If you know a cure tell me.
The few Republicans consistently more liberal than McCain would be Chafee (formerly R-RI), Collins (R-ME), Snowe (R-ME) and Specter (R-PA).
McCain is barely more conservative than Chafee.
Keep thinking that way and you'll maintain a score of 100%
Of course, there are those who think SP can do no wrong. I'm not one of them.
I agree, although she’s closest to the political calculus and I presume she knows what she is doing.
We look at McCain and see RINO. Palin look’s at him and sees connections, doors opening and access. McCain’s wife is worth a fortune.
Palin is a lightweight walking a tightrope. On one hand trying to keep conservatives happy and on the other having to wade into the political swamp. I don’t know that we’ll find the perfect candidate, ever.
Few here would have voted for Ike, but he was a great President and it took a Reagan to outdo him in the 20th century.
she was asked last year to do a fundraiser by McCain because he knew that he was going to be in some sort of trouble as far as Last year, it was no secret to most because she said that she was going to do this the middle of last year and no one batted a eye....and she even told glenn beck that she had to keep her promise.....i dont like McCain but Sarah will get people in to pay the money just like Michele Bachmann staff for months tried to get Sarah up there in Minnesota and sucessfully did for next week. Sarah isnt going to diminish if McCain loses because despite it being rally for McCain, most came out to see Sarah not John according to the newspapers out there .........She is the star now and he is the lesser
I imagine if McCain wins the primary everybody will say that JD ran a bad campaign and that SP had nothing to do with sending this turd back for another 6 years of treachery.
Lets not forget Sarah just sis a fund raiser for the State GOP of Arkansas.
Sarah just did a county GOP event in FL as well.