If Palin's office says daughter is off-limits, you don't have SarahPAC respond
This was my same gripe when Alaska Governor and then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin asked the media to respect their privacy regarding her daughter's pregnancy and engagement, but then she brought them both in for the RNC convention and made a public showing of both her daughter and her daughter's fiancé and father of her grandchild.
In the first AP report about the break-up between the daughter and fiancé, we read that Palin's office says the matter is not state business and refuses to comment on it:
Gov. Sarah Palin's office on Wednesday refused to comment on a report that Palin's daughter Bristol Palin had broken off her engagement with fiancé Levi Johnston.
"That's not state business," Abbey Bulawa, an aide to Gov. Palin, told the Huffington Post. "We don't comment on the governor's children."
That's cool and appropriate.
But it isn't the end.
In this AP wire story, SarahPAC decides that they can issue a comment:
"Unfortunately, my family has seen many people say and do many things to `cash in' on the Palin name," said the statement, which was issued through the governor's political action committee. "Sometimes that greed clouds good judgment and the truth."
SarahPAC spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton did not immediately respond to calls seeking further information. The governor's spokesman, Bill McAllister, declined comment.
We don't know who the "my" is in the graph - Sarah Palin or Bristol Palin? My assumption is since it's Palin's PAC, it's Sarah not Bristol.
And don't try the "well, it's not state business, so the governor's office shouldn't talk about it, but the PAC is about Sarah Palin as a political candidate" or some other explanation. Either Palin approves that the topic be discussed in whatever cursory or complete form she - or Bristol - wants, or it is in fact always off-limits. The same statements can come from both outlets, none of this good cop/bad cop stuff.
Frankly, I think the only one who should be asked questions and be allowed to say, "no comment" is Bristol herself. She is 18, she is a single mother and it's her life. Questions to Palin should go only to her existence as Bristol's mother and either she is going to comment on that or not. I'm not even happy that she's being asked about the subject at all - leave them all alone as far as I'm concerned. True, she kicked the door wide open during the campaign, but the Bristol-Greta interview demonstrated that Bristol is at least making some decisions, it seems.
I'd love to have an epistemological conversation with Sarah Palin about the word, "choice," even knowing her whole thing about God opening doors, or not.
Cross-posted from Writes Like She Talks.
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