Release Concerning Simi Valley Republican Women’s EventTwo other events are using Sarah Palin as a draw in their advertising. The Values Voter Summit here and the Southern Republican Leadership Conference here. We assume she will not be attending either unless and until Meg Stapleton says otherwise.
Today at 4:32pm
As repeatedly stated to several in the media over the last week, former Governor Sarah Palin is not committed to attend the Simi Valley Republican Women’s event at the Reagan Library and in fact is not attending the event. Neither the Governor’s state staff nor SarahPAC has ever committed to attending this event or speaking at this event, and even requested that the Governor's name be removed from the invitation several weeks ago. The Governor has other work and commitments to take care of at that time. She looks forward to visiting her friends in California soon.
All event requests must be confirmed with Meghan Stapleton of SarahPAC. Additionally, all invitations bearing the Governor’s name must be approved by her attorney before proceeding.
While we fully understand that the former governor carefully picks and chooses what events she wants to associate herself with, it would be nice if her team would publicly announce what events she will and/or will not be attending early on so that event promoters would not be able to use her popularity in this manner. We know who will be blamed by the media for the confusion, and you know it will not be the promoters.
Update: The Simi Valley Republican Women have posteed this statement on their website:
"We regret to inform you that Governor Sarah Palin is unable to attend our event on August 8, 2009. As stated, we invited her to attend and we were honored by her consideration. We sincerely appreciate the support of our members and guests. We will refund ticket purchases for anyone who chooses not to attend. Contact us by end of business Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at email@example.com with your name, address, and telephone number for refunds. We apologize for any inconvenience."- JP