"We invited Governor Palin directly and she accepted," Ms. Hopkins said to US for Palin publisher Ron Devito in a telephone conversation. Governor Palin is not receiving a fee for this speaking engagement, according to Ms. Hopkins.
Following is the complete press release from the Southern Republican Leadership Conference regarding Governor Palin's forthcoming speech at that organization's Leadership Conference in New Orleans.
For Immediate Release
January 7, 2010
(Baton Rouge – LA) Governor Sarah Palin announced today that she will speak to the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.
“I’m looking forward to addressing conservative activists from across the south at the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference. This is a great opportunity to listen and speak to those who are helping to set the direction of our party,” Governor Palin said.
SRLC 2010 will be held on April 8-11, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana and will include the Republican Party’s activists, donors, elected officials and candidates from 14 southern states.
“We’re excited to have Governor Palin join us in New Orleans. She represents the future of the Republican Party and will be a huge draw for conservative activists from across the country,” SRLC Director Charlie Davis said.
About SRLC 2010
The Southern Republican Leadership Conference is the most prominent Republican event outside of a Republican National Convention. It is held every two to four years and brings the top Republican activists, donors, candidates, and elected officials together for three days of training, briefings, receptions and speeches from the leaders of the Republican Party.
The 14 southern states involved are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
For more information visit http://www.srlc2010.com.Josh Painter's coverage as well as mainstream media coverage indicates that this conference is a significant step for Governor Palin pertinent to a 2012 Presidential run. Might this be the venue in which Governor Palin delivers her version of The Speech? Our vigil is posted....