SarahPAC said to have jumped gun on GOP dinner

'ENTHUSIASM': Helper mistakenly said Palin would headline event.

March 17, 2009 

JUNEAU -- Gov. Sarah Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, mistakenly confirmed Palin would headline a Washington, D.C., fundraiser for congressional Republicans in June.

Palin never saw the invitation and hasn't decided, the spokeswoman for SarahPAC said Tuesday.

"Someone helping me out on the East Coast ... in the enthusiasm of Sarah Palin and the enthusiasm of providing some sort of response confirmed that the governor was coming, and that wasn't appropriate because the governor didn't even know of the invitation," said Meg Stapleton, SarahPAC spokeswoman.

Stapleton said Palin first learned of the invitation when the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out a press release Monday announcing Palin as keynote speaker for the Senate-House dinner in Washington, D.C.

The announcement made national news.

After Palin's official spokesman, Bill McAllister, pointed out Monday night that it wasn't true, the NRSC countered that Palin's appearance had been confirmed through "the governor's political staff" at SarahPAC. The press release announcing that Palin will keynote remained on the NRSC Web site as of Tuesday night.

Stapleton said SarahPAC had been gathering all political requests for Palin to appear in order to present the most promising ones for her to decide on. But that hasn't happened yet.

There's no word if Palin will actually attend the dinner, which is the annual fundraiser for the Republican Party's congressional re-election efforts.

"She may go, she may not go; that's a decision for her to make and we'll present it formally after the (legislative) session is over to determine whether she wants to go," Stapleton said.

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