Palin Misses Another Expected Public Appearance

Sarah Palin backs out once again.

Sarah Palin backs out once again.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will not be delivering a speech at an anti-abortion rights event this evening as expected, making this the fourth time this year anticipated public comments from Palin have been scratched.

The Alaska Family Council has for weeks advertised that Sarah Palin would speak at a fundraiser and petition signing to promote an Alaska ballot measure that aims to prevent teenagers from getting an abortion without notifying their parents. Organizers only learned on Wednesday that Palin is out of the state and does not plan on attending the event, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

When asked on Wednesday about the event, Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton told the newspaper, “This is the first we have ever heard of a speech.”

Stapleton said Palin was invited to the fundraiser but notified the Alaska Family Council that she would be out of town. Alaska Family Council President Jim Minnery reportedly said organizers had been in communication with contacts for Palin for weeks and were not aware she would be out of town.

Palin has not had any public appearances since resigning as governor last month, though she has kept a high profile through her Facebook account.

On three other occasions this year, she was anticipated to speak publicly but did not. Earlier this month, Palin missed an event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Calif. hosted by the Republican Women Federated of Simi Valley. Her staff said she never committed to the event. In June, Palin was billed to give the keynote address at a national Republican fundraiser, though her aides said she never accepted the invitation (she ended up attending the event but did not give an address). And in February, Palin backed out of an appearance at a conservative convention.

Stephanie Condon
CBS News

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