The Wall Street Journal reports that Sarah Palin canceled her Saturday appearance at a tea party rally in Indianola, Iowa.
The person cited “continual lying” from event organizers at Tea Party of America, including a recent mixup over whether former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware would also speak.
Tea Party of America President Ken Crow told NBC News, “I had to cancel Ms. O’Donnell” after a conversation with Sarah Palin aides — and is now hopeful Palin will attend the Saturday rally in Indianola. The group has spent about $100,000 on the event for Palin and are thus waiting “with baited breath” for an answer.
The former half-term governor of Alaska is known for last-minute schedule changes that whipsaw supporters and media across the country. But the latest decision is puzzling. Ms. Palin’s speech at the rally was viewed as her most high-profile appearance of the summer, fueling speculation she was indeed plotting to run for the Republican presidential nomination.
Her decision apparently stems from the on-again, off-again inviting of Christine O’Donnell at the rally, which there is some finger-pointing about over how that happened.
But for people looking for a sign of “seriousness” about a campaign, this is not it.