The Al Sharpton – Sarah Palin Connection

Sarah Palin is countering the $150,000 wardrobe story by saying the clothes are not her property.

“Those clothes, they are not my property. Just like the lighting and the staging and everything else that the RNC purchased, I’m not taking them with me. I am back to wearing my own clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska. You’d think — not that I would even have to address the issue because, as Elisabeth is suggesting, the double standard here it’s — gosh, we don’t even want to waste our time.”

Palin, however, forged on.

“I am glad, though, that she brought up accessories also. Let me tell you a little bit about a couple of accessories, didn’t think that we would be talking about it, but my earrings — I see a Native Americans for Palin poster,” she said. “These are beaded earrings from Todd’s mom who is a Yupik Eskimo up in Alaska, Native American, Native Alaskan.

“And my wedding ring, it’s in Todd’s pocket, ’cause it hurts sometimes when I shake hands and it gets squished,” she continued. “A $35 wedding ring from Hawaii that I bought myself and ’cause I always thought with my ring it’s not what it’s made of, it’s what it represents, and 20 years later, happy to wear it. And then finally the other accessory, you bet I’m a gold — I’m a blue star mom. I’m wearing this in honor of my son who is fighting over in Iraq right now defending all of you.”

This triggered a dim memory. It took me some time to find it, but this is what Palin reminds me of

Asking How Sharpton Pays for Those Suits; Case Offers Glimpse of His Finances

Published: December 21, 2000 [New York Times]

He says he owns no suits, but has ”access” to a dozen or so. He says he owns no television set because the one he watches in his home was purchased by a company he runs. He says he has no checking accounts, no savings accounts, no credit cards, no debit cards, no mutual funds, no stocks, no bonds, no paintings, no antiques. The only thing he admits to owning is a $300 wristwatch and a 20-year-old wedding ring.

The finances of the Rev. Al Sharpton have a somewhat troubled history. He was indicted on charges of income tax fraud and stealing from charitable donors in 1989, but was eventually acquitted at a trial. In 1993, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of failing to file a tax return for 1986. His eponymous promotional company has no official documents on record with the state. As recently as two years ago, he drew no salary, but he still manages to send his daughters to an expensive and respected private school.

Mr. Sharpton has always been studiously circumspect when talking about his pocketbook in public, yet this month he suddenly announced that he could not afford to pay a judgment entered against him in the Tawana Brawley defamation case. As a result, he gave a lengthy deposition to lawyers for the man that he was found to have defamed, Steven A. Pagones, a former prosecutor whom Mr. Sharpton claimed had raped Ms. Brawley 13 years ago.

The deposition was never made public, though excerpts from it were given to The New York Times by a supporter of Mr. Pagones. It offers a privileged peek into the byzantine world of Mr. Sharpton’s personal finances as he considers running for mayor. In its combative back-and-forth and unintended humor, it sketches a portrait of the fiscal Al Sharpton, a man who claims to own virtually nothing but has almost everything he needs.

Yes, the old “this is not my designer suit even though I’m wearing it” dodge.

See also “Palin’s Nightmare.”

10 thoughts on “The Al Sharpton – Sarah Palin Connection

  1. This is also the line of defense Sen. Ted Stevens used in Alaska; didn’t work. What Palin is also doing is signalling her intention to cheat on her taxes again, since she needs to declare the value of the use of these expensive clothes. That would be the price of the clothing minus the value of them used, which on $150,000 of clothes is considerable.

  2. “I am glad, though, that she brought up accessories also. Let me tell you a little bit about a couple of accessories….”

    Dear sweet Audrey Hepburn in heaven. There can’t be but 80 or so IQ points between Sarah Palin and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, combined.

    Both of you, go away now. Go away now forever.

  3. Oops, only meant to italicize the first two lines. Otherwise too “busy” a fashion statement.

  4. The McCain campaign say that they are going to donate Palins wardrobe to charity when the campaign is over. Wouldn’t it be more responible to sell the clothes on eBay. That way they would probably make a handsome profit, and give Meg Whitman a couple extra buck in the process. If eBay can sell a grilled cheese sandwich with the Virgin Mary’s image on it for $7,000.00..surely they can fetch some big buck for used Palin designer clothes. Who knows?..maybe the campaign bought her some Victoria Secrets undergarments that might interest some republican politicians.

  5. It’s pretty funny that Sarah is squirming over this. And the more she talks, the longer that nose of hers grows.

  6. Palin says she doesn’t wear her $20.00 wedding ring that Todd gave her because it gets squished when she shakes hands..Is shaking hands with the left hand an Alaskan custom, or is wearing a wedding ring on the right hand the Alaskan custom?

  7. You know what they say, possession is nine tenths of the law. It’s in her possession, she is not required to give it back (even if she eventually does,) so therefore, she owns it. That’s my take.

  8. The RNC could’ve leased the garments. In the same way as people lease diapers from a diaper service. I suppose Saks and Nieman-Marcus might not like to handle used clothes, so the RNC or Sarah herself could flog them off at a favorite consignment shop.

  9. Soooo anyone think she will donate them to her favorite used clothes shop and buy them back cheap for the plug she gave the store? What about the stuff from the baby shop and the men’s store… are they loaners too?

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