Even Before $150K Wardrobe Sarah Palin Was Picky About Her Clothes
Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain defended the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) decision to spend more than $150,000 dollars on designer clothing and accessories for running mate Governor Sarah Palin.
“She needed clothes at the time,” John McCain told a group of Florida reporters.
John McCain said that the clothing will be donated to charity (possibly the Salvation Army) and that there was nothing unusual about spending the committee’s money on Sarah Palin’s look.
“It works by her getting some clothes when she was made the nominee of the party and it will be donated back to charity,” he added. “It works that the clothes will be donated to charity. Nothing surprises me.”
According to financial disclosure forms, the RNC shelled out thousands of dollars in the days following the announcement that Sarah Palin would be John McCain’s running mate.
Since the news broke Tuesday about the ridiculous amount of money spent on the clothes, the RNC has taken heat for choosing to spend so much to clothe Sarah Palin during such a daunting year for GOP candidates across the country and in the midst of a financial meltdown.
While John McCain defended the decision Thursday, he does not have Republican donors pay the tab for his shopping.“I pay for my suits,” McCain said in an interview with WSLS, a Roanoke, Va. television station.
And to add fire to this ongoing controversy we now have the SNL costume designer weighing in:
The “Saturday Night Live” costume designer Wednesday night revealed the struggle he had in dressing Governor Sarah Palin. She wanted to wear nicer clothes than they had picked out for her, reflecting the new image she has carefully constructed on the campaign trail.
While Palin’s transformation from hockey mom to fashion plate has raised eyebrows, her “SNL” character, played by Tina Fey, has remained firmly in the red jacket. And according to Women’s Wear Daily‘s Irin Carmon, “SNL” costume designer Tom Broecker said Wednesday night that dressing Palin for last Saturday’s cameo required a compromise:
Of Palin, Broecker said, “In speaking with her, I had to get her to understand why she needed to wear the same thing as Tina [Fey]. We had gone off and created it for the first time a month ago, a look we identified as Sarah Palin. She had moved on in her own image of herself. I said, ‘I know you’ve moved on you’re wearing tighter clothes, more black but this is the character of Sarah Palin.”
The compromise, he said, was Palin returning in her own clothes the second time she appeared on the show to cheer on Amy Poehler’s Palin-themed rap.