(PELLA, Iowa) — The new documentary about Sarah Palin has yet to debut, and already it’s caused more of a stir than most Hollywood summer blockbusters.
Ahead of Tuesday’s premiere of The Undefeated, reports swirled that the former Alaska governor and her aides were inviting prominent Republicans in the key Hawkeye State to meet with Palin after the screening at the Pella Opera House. Those reports, originally circulated by the blog Politico, were shot down late Monday by Republican operatives and Palin’s political action committee.
A top Republican operative in Iowa told ABC News that “not only have I not heard from Gov. Palin regarding meetings, I am unaware of anyone who has been contacted regarding private meetings.”
In an interview, former Iowa GOP executive director and prominent conservative Chuck Laudner told Politico that a “Palin backer” contacted him about attending a mingling session after the film. Palin is slated to attend a cookout near the Pella Opera House after Tuesday evening’s screening.
Politico posted the story under the headline “Sarah Palin team reaching out to Iowa activists for meetings.”
In an interview with ABC News on Monday afternoon, Laudner called the headline “a lie” adding, “I never indicated that.”
“I was on a general list for the gathering in the park,” he said. “I’m not going now, after all this.”
Several other prominent GOP activists also told Real Clear Politics that they had not been contacted regarding potential sit-downs with Palin while she is visiting the important early nominating state.
A statement released by SarahPAC late Monday dismissed the Republican rendezvous reports, saying Palin “looks forward to spending time tomorrow with the people of Pella, Iowa and enjoying the premiere of Stephen K. Bannon’s new film, The Undefeated.”
A cinematic love letter of sorts, The Undefeated chronicles Palin’s life and rise through government, portraying her as a crusader against politics-as-usual, a true “maverick” as she and Sen. John McCain branded themselves in the 2008 election.