Palin Ribbed by Montana Guv for Being No Show

By Teddy Davis

Feb 20, 2009 8:49pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis reports: Montana Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer ribbed Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin Friday for announcing at the last minute that she will not be attending a Sunday discussion of energy policy that the two governors were scheduled to lead at this weekend’s meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA) in Washington. "I don’t know where she’s going to be. You’ll be stuck with me," Schweitzer told ABC News. "There will be no glamour, certainly no snappy dressing. I brought my best two pairs of jeans. There’s a little bit of a horse s**t stain by the knee. But I’ve been washing that stuff out." Palin and Schweitzer, a rancher-turned-politician, are the chairwoman and vice chairman, respectively, of the NGA’s Natural Resources Committee. The panel is holding a 2 p.m. ET discussion Sunday on "Energy Infrastructure: Vital for a 21st Century Economy." The panel will hear from two energy experts: Pat Wood III, a principal with Wood3 Resources, and Jesse Berst, the managing director of GlobalSmartEnergy.com. For weeks, the NGA’s published agenda has touted the Palin-Schweitzer panel as hosting the 90-minute discussion with Wood and Berst. Palin, however, did not publicly commit about attending the NGA conference. Her office announced Thursday that her travel to western Alaska coupled with her work on budget amendments and "economic stimulus certification requirements" would prevent her from attending this weekend’s NGA meeting, which includes not only the energy policy discussion but also a Sunday black tie dinner at the White House and a Monday governors-only meeting with President Barack Obama. "I don’t have any party buying me clothes," said Schweitzer, referring to the more than $150,000 that the Republican Party shelled out for the Palin family’s wardrobe last year. "My wife buys my clothes at Costco."

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