GOP Dinner Dumps Palin for Dithering

Gingrich gets gig after Alaska guv fails to commit to fundraiser
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2009 2:54 AM CDT
Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich discusses an issue during the Texas Republican Party State Convention in Houston last year.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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(Newser) – Congressional Republicans have replaced Sarah Palin with Newt Gingrich as keynote speaker at their spring fundraising dinner after the Alaska governor's aides flip-flopped over whether she could make it, sources tell Politico. Organizers issued a press release trumpeting her appearance after her political action committee confirmed that she would attend, but her office later said she couldn't commit until Alaska's legislative session ended.

Palin's aides dithered about her attendance both publicly and privately, say planners who didn't want to take a chance as the deadline neared to send invitations. GOP bigwigs are fuming, according to insiders. "She was a disaster," one Republican source told FOX News. "We had confirmation."