News broke Monday that former DE Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell would speak before Sarah Palin at this weekend’s major Tea Party event in Iowa:
Tea party-backed activist Christine O’Donnell will take the stage at Saturday’s tea party rally in Indianola shortly before Sarah Palin, an organizer told The Des Moines Register today.
Other speakers will include Sioux City radio host Sam Clovis of KSCJ, Iowa tea party chairman Ryan Rhodes, Tony Katz of PJ Media and Los Angeles-based comedian Eric Golub,said organizer Charlie Gruschow, an Iowa tea party activist.
Last to take the microphone will be Palin, a former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate. There was speculation that Palin would use the event to reveal whether she plans to run for president in 2012 – speculation that Palin’s inner circle quickly shot down.
That caused quite a stir, and even speculation that Palin would pull out of the event. And today, it has caused a change of plans.
Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell will not speak at a tea party event featuring former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Indianola, Iowa, this weekend, an organizer told Washington Wire.
“I made a mistake,” said Ken Crow, president of Tea Party of America. “I assumed there was an open slot and there wasn’t.”
Monday night, Mr. Crow told Washington Wire that Ms. O’Donnell would appear.
Tea Party of America’s cofounder, Charlie Gruschow, said the group withdrew Ms. O’Donnell’s after receiving numerous “emails from a lot of tea party folks that were very disappointed that she would be speaking.”
“We decided not to have her speak,” Mr. Gruschow said. “We felt it was in the best interest of the movement.”
In my opinion, O’Donnell’s bizarre walk-out on Piers Morgan ended any pretense to credibility she once had. Her presence on stage with Palin would have only served as a distraction and diminish Palin’s plans for the event.
Whatever happens in Iowa this weekend, PJM/PJTV and the Tatler will be there in the person of Tony Katz. Tony, as noted above, is one of the featured speakers and is covering the event as well. So keep tabs on the Tatler this weekend.