TheIowaRepublican.com has learned that Sarah Palin will not be coming to Iowa to headline an event for the Iowa Family Policy Center. Plain would have liked to have attended the event, but her schedule precluded it from happening.
If Palin had attended, she would have sold a lot of books, gained a ton of publicity, and cemented herself as a top contender for the 2012 Iowa caucuses. Now after building anticipation of a Biden vs. Palin showdown along the banks of the Des Moines River, the Iowa Family Policy Center must find a new top-line speaker for its event. The void that Palin’s absence creates could provide an opportunity for another presidential hopeful to fill in.
As for Palin, the drama that seems to follow her around continues. While she is loved by the base of the Republican Party, she is loathed by the media. By not being able to make the IFPC event work, Palin has missed out on a tremendous opportunity in Iowa. In politics, timing is everything.
Everything seemed to line up for Palin and IFPC, but that kind of opportunity doesn’t happen every day. She will now have to find new opportunities to introduce herself to Republican caucus goers in the state should she decide to run. Likely, many potential caucus goers would have came to see her in Des Moines. Now, she will have to travel around the state like everyone else.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Below is the IFPC Press Release
10/30/09 Pleasant Hill, IA – Iowa Family Policy Center ACTION received word this morning that Governor Sarah Palin is unable to accept our speaking invitation due to her book tour contractual commitments, which cannot be changed.
We extended our invitation knowing she would be in the middle of her book tour and the chances of her being able to accept any invitations were extremely slim.
She has asked if she could speak at a future mutually agreeable date. She will not accept any fees for her appearance.
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