Sorry, had to borrow that quote from Sarah Palin, especially as this is yet another Palin post.
Yesterday, Jonathan Martin at Politico dropped a mini-bombshell regarding Sarah Palin.
According to multiple Republican campaign sources, the former Alaska governor wreaks havoc on campaign logistics and planning. She offers little notice about her availability, refuses to do certain events, is obsessive about press coverage and sometimes backs out with as little lead time as she gave in the first place.
But the high-maintenance aspects of dealing with the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee have angered and frustrated some conservative candidates and aides who once thought highly of Palin and, for more skeptical Republicans, simply confirmed their view that she’s self-centered and unhelpful to the cause.
The article goes on to discuss issues with the campaign of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and the Iowa GOP. According to the article there have been issues with the campaign of Rand Paul as well.
She’s been giving talk show hosts fits as well, says the article, including Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck.
Only one problem with the article. Well, several problems, actually, if you want to count the same problem when it occurs multiple times.
Just about every single person mentioned in the article has come out and said the same thing: “It’s a lie. We’ve never had any trouble with Sarah Palin. No one from Politico contacted me or anyone on my staff about this article.” In addition, they’ve been consistent in calling for a retraction.
Eric Woolson, spokesperson for Senator Chuck Grassley’s campaign, for the record said, that the anonymous source “does not represent the Senator’s views.” So evidently Senator Grassley was not displeased with any interaction they had with the Palin camp.
All Iowa Republicans should be grateful for Governor Palin’s support for the Iowa GOP and for making our annual Reagan Dinner a record-breaking success. The funds raised at the dinner featuring Governor Palin supported a voter program that will benefit all our Republican candidates.
And Charlie Davis, CEO of the Southern Republican Leadership Council (not named in Martin’s article as far as I can see) volunteered the following:
As most of you know the 2010 SRLC was the largest Republican Leadership Conference in over 30 years – with more speakers, more press and more attendees than ever before.
I interacted with every major GOP personality in the country leading up to the conference and can tell you first hand that the only thing different about Governor Palin was the intensity of the interest from the attendees, sponsors and even other speakers.
Governor Palin’s staff was incredibly easy to deal with and very professional.
She’s easily the most requested surrogate our party has and it’s a shame that Republicans would rather gripe that they can’t get more of her time instead of being appreciative of everything that she does do.
So, for those of you keeping score, Juan Williams gets fired from NPR for telling the truth, and Jonathan Martin (so far) gets to keep his job at Politico for lying through his teeth.