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Archive for the ‘Auburn’ Category

LI dinner has Palin watchers eyeing her next campaign

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on June 7, 2009

LI dinner has Palin watchers eyeing her next campaign


8:43 PM EDT, June 6, 2009

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center, looks through a stereoscope while touring the Seward House Museum with her husband Todd, right, in Auburn, N.Y., Saturday June 6, 2009. Palin was the featured guest in the first annual Founders Day celebration which included the tour. Peter Wisbey, executive director of the Seward House, is pictured left. (Kevin Rivoli, Associated Press / June 6, 2009)

Since the end of her vice presidential campaign, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hasn’t been seen much south of Alaska.

But as she prepares for a St. James speech Sunday night at an event for disabled children, the 2008 Republican nominee has done nothing to quell speculation that she’s interested in another run for national office.

“She’s definitely a player,” said Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who plans to attend Sunday night’s event. “She has a real strong base of support.”

Palin, 45, has refused most national media interviews and an invitation from Fox News Channel to attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. She hasn’t begun courting GOP heavy hitters in key early-voting states in the presidential primaries.

“In terms of her national visibility, she doesn’t care that much,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a group that supports female anti-abortion candidates.

While staying at home, Palin appears to be laying the groundwork for a second act on the national stage. In April she spoke to a major anti-abortion gathering in Indiana.

In May she signed a deal for a book due to be published next spring.It remains to be seen whether Palin, who will go to the voters for re-election in 2010, can convert her following into a significant political force.

Dannenfelser said there are 70,000 members of Team Sarah, a Palin-centric, members-only social networking site she operates, and Palin sits near the top of early polls of the 2012 GOP presidential field.

But she has made no inroads in Iowa or New Hampshire, two early-voting states critical to a presidential campaign.”We’ve seen zero signs of activity from Gov. Palin or anyone associated with her organization,” Iowa GOP chairman Matt Strawn said.

Fergus Cullen, a former New Hampshire GOP chairman, said he contacted Palin’s people in January with an invite to speak at a state dinner. No thanks, they said.

Nassau County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs said the nation’s first impressions of Palin – such as her stumbling interview with Katie Couric and impersonations by actress Tina Fey on “Saturday Night Live” – were so damaging she cannot recover.

“There’s just way too much baggage with her and I think that she’s not taken seriously by the overwhelmingly majority of the electorate,” Jacobs said. “It may not be her fault.”

But Republicans said those first impressions are at once Palin’s strongest and weakest qualities. “No one gets higher positives and higher negatives than Sarah Palin,” King said.

In New Hampshire, where voters take stock of candidates up close in town halls and living rooms, Palin’s celebrity gives her an in but may not help earn support. Rudy Giuliani led the state’s GOP polls throughout 2007 before he was eventually lapped by John McCain.

“People here don’t feel that they got to take the measure of her personally in the last campaign the way they’d expect to before giving her support in 2012,” Cullen said.

King said Palin will need to develop the “gravitas” on foreign affairs issues before she launches another national campaign. He urged her to “start getting more active” if she is serious about a presidential campaign.

Dannenfelser said Palin still has time to announce whatever she plans to do. After all, she said, no other GOP contender has anything like her rabid following.”

Anything she wants,” Dannenfelser said, “she says the word and they do it.”,0,2493935.story

Video of Sarah Palin’s speech at the Seward House is available, courtesy of Conservatives for Palin, in 5 parts at:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Posted in 2012, Alaska, Alaska statehood, Auburn, big government, bureaucratic, Conservative, ECONOMY, Energy, Founder's Day, government control, Harriet Tubman, New York, Obama, Republican, Sarah Palin, Seneca, Seward House, stimulus, William Seward | Leave a Comment »

You betcha, Palin’s coming to Auburn

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on May 23, 2009

You betcha, Palin’s coming to Auburn

By Kathleen Barran / The Citizen

Friday, May 22, 2009 10:11 AM EDT

In a surprising turn of events on Thursday, the city manager and the director of Seward House learned that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be coming to Auburn.

The Associated Press. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, shown in this 2007 photo, unveiling the state's commemorative quarter, will be attending Founder's Day in Auburn on June 6.

The Associated Press. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, shown in this 2007 photo, unveiling the state's commemorative quarter, will be attending Founder's Day in Auburn on June 6.

Last week, city officials and representatives from Palin’s office informed The Citizen that Palin would not be attending Founder’s Day on June 6. Since March, they had been anticipating a commitment from her to attend the event, which takes place on the 50th anniversary of Alaska’s statehood.

Auburn city officials announced last week that Palin turned down the invitation. A representative from the governor’s office confirmed she would not attend the event, but would not disclose the reason why.

But Meghan Stapleton, one of Palin’s media coordinators, who had been working on the Seward House event for Palin’s office, called Mark Palesh, city manager, and Peter Wisbey, director of the Seward House, to inform them that Palin would definitely participate in Founder’s Day and the fundraising event at Seward House.

“We are going to work out and announce the details of the event soon,” Stapleton said. “We are incredibly excited to celebrate Founder’s Day in Auburn and to celebrate at the home of William H. Seward, who helped to put Alaska on the map.”

Stapleton said a mix-up in Palin’s offices, where Founder’s Day and Seward House weren’t connected as the same event, created the error. She said the governor did not change her mind. Stapleton had been working all along on the Seward House event, but the inundation of requests for appearances by the governor when people heard she might be coming led to some confusion about Founder’s Day.

Stapleton, who is a native Auburnian and daughter of Helene (Karpinsky) and David Stapleton, said she would also be at the event.

“We’re excited that she (Palin) is able to attend the Founder’s Day activity and the Seward House fundraiser in the afternoon. I’m walking on air,” Wisbey said.

He said he received the call Thursday.

“This will be a great boost of recognition and visibility to Seward House. It’s my understanding that she gets thousands of invitations.”

Palin will say a few words at the fund-raiser, which is a ticketed event. She will also have a private tour of Seward House, where she can view some Alaskan items acquired by Seward.

Palesh said he only learned Thursday that Palin was actually going to come. City officials and Founder’s Day organizers will have to re-focus some of their efforts on security and other aspects of the event for such a high-profile guest.

“We’re absolutely thrilled she would take the time to visit the birthplace of Alaska,” Palesh said.

Ticket sales for the Seward House fund-raiser have just started and Wisbey said the event would be held in the gardens, which can hold between 400 and 500 people. General level tickets can be purchased for $100, with a $250 ticket at founder’s level that will allow the ticket holder to have a photo taken with the governor as well as special access to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

People wishing to purchase tickets can call the Seward House at 252-1283. The office will be open on Saturday and Monday also.

– Staff writer Christopher Caskey contributed to this report.

Staff writer Kathleen Barran can be reached at 253-5311, ext. 238 or

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