Beltway GOP Dumps Palin—Again—as Headliner

Opts for Gingrich to give speech at fundraiser
By A Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2009 6:19 AM CDT
Beltway GOP Dumps Palin—Again—as Headliner
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is considering skipping the fundraiser altogether, her aides say.   (AP Photo/Chris Miller, File)

After twice inviting Sarah Palin to speak at its fundraiser tonight, the GOP's congressional wing has again withdrawn its offer, Politico reports. The confusion began months ago when the National Republican Congressional and Senatorial Committees announced the Alaska governor as the event's headliner. Palin didn't commit, so organizers picked Newt Gingrich instead. Last week Palin was re-invited, only to be dropped over fears that Gingrich may feel slighted.

The teetering has irked both the national party apparatus—many resent Palin's initial hesitation—and the governor. Palin may skip the event altogether. "Why, at a time when you're trying to build the party, would you pull a move like that?" asks a Palin aide. Some conservatives, unimpressed by the moderate Gingrich, are still trying to persuade Palin to attend.
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