Prima Donna Palin Deigns to Appear at GOP Event

She stoops to conquer as Gingrich gets top billing at dinner
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 9, 2009 3:59 AM CDT
Sarah Palin arrives at a Republican congressional fundraiser with her husband, Todd, in Washington yesterday.   (Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin appeared at a Republican fundraiser in Washington last night, ending a will-she-or-won't-she mystery that overshadowed the event and frustrated the GOP, AP reports. Palin, who was initially slated to headline the annual Senate-House dinner, left organizers hanging as late as yesterday afternoon after she was told she wouldn't have a speaking role at the event.

In March, organizers replaced Palin as the keynote speaker with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich after she wavered over accepting the invitation. Republican officials involved in the discussions say Palin was invited to sit at a head table, but was told she would not be given a chance to speak for fear that she might overshadow Gingrich. Palin balked at that arrangement but did not make clear whether she would refuse to attend, officials said.