The notorious, no-show Alaskan governor has signed up with Washington Speakers Bureau.
With the exception of occasional messages from her Facebook and Twitter accounts, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin hasn’t been in the public eye since she left office last month.
That’s about to change. Mike Allen of Politico.com reports that she has signed up with Washington Speakers Bureau, which represents everyone from George Bush to Bob Woodward and Colin Powell, to help sort through the nearly 1,000 requests for speeches that have poured in. The speeches Ms. Palin will give will range from paid appearances for six-figure fees to charitable and campaign events where little or no fee will be charged.
Ms. Palin is also almost finished with a book on her 2008 campaign experience and political philosophy. She will soon have time to ponder what Politico.com calls “the inch-and-a-half thick file her lawyer, Robert Barnett, has built of offers for network and cable pundit gigs, documentaries and business opportunities.”
If so, one of her first priorities will have to be repairing the reputation she is developing as a no-show. Last week, organizers for an Alaska initiative that would require that parents be notified before any child got an abortion reported that Ms. Palin had agreed to appear at their kickoff event but now wouldn’t show. Ms. Palin’s staff insists she wasn’t invited, and that she was out of the state.
Normally, such incidents can be put down to a “she-said, they said” kind of dispute. But the Alaska no-show marked the fourth time in recent months that an anticipated Palin speech had fallen through because her staff insisted she had never confirmed it. Here’s hoping Washington Speakers Bureau, which apparently already is booking events for her, will now be able to minimize the crossed signals.
The Wall Street Journal