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Published:October 24th, 2008 17:38 EST
Palin: Controversy Over Designer Duds Is Sexist

Palin: Controversy Over Designer Duds Is Sexist

By Robert Paul Reyes


"The storm over Sarah Palin`s lavish clothing budget continued today as a watchdog group filed a campaign finance complaint against her, while the vice-presidential nominee herself blamed the row on sexism.

In a complaint filed to the US federal election commission, the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew) argued that Republicans violated campaign finance rules when they spent $150,000 (£96,000) on clothes for Palin and her family."

Sarah Palin is being disingenuous, the wardrobe controversy has nothing to do with sexism, it`s about hypocrisy and a possible violation of campaign finance laws.

Sarah Palin presents herself as a middle-class hockey mom, but I don`t know any hockey or soccer moms who can afford a $1500,000 shopping spree at Neiman Marcus. Palin is worth over a million bucks and she can afford to buy her own clothes.

This would not be a big story if Palin had used her own money to buy expensive designer clothes. This story is newsworthy because it`s Republican donors who paid for her designer duds.

For Palin to make such extravagant purchases, using donor money, at a time when Americans are struggling to make ends meet, point out how clueless and ill-prepared she is to be vice-president.

Sexism played no part in this controversy, John Edwards the failed Democratic presidential candidate and serial adulterer was lambasted and ridiculed for his expensive haircuts. The press will mercilessly mock any candidate who uses campaign funds for such frivolous purposes.

There is no double standard at play here, there is only one standard: We expect a modicum of common sense for all candidates seeking high office.