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SarahPAC Hires a New Foreign Policy Adviser?; Updated: SarahPAC Confirms





Although this has not yet been reported by a more reliable source, nor has it been independently confirmed, Politico is reporting that Governor Palin’s PAC has hired a new foreign policy adviser, Peter Schweizer:

Sarah Palin has parted ways with the neoconservative foreign policy advisers who had been writing speeches and advising her on policy since she joined the McCain campaign.

An aide to Palin, Tim Crawford, confirmed that Orion Strategies’ Randy Scheunemann and Michael Goldfarb are no longer working for her PAC. They parted, both sides said on good terms.

Schweizer is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and also writes at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Peace. Governor Palin has referenced Schweizer’s writing on multiple occasions in her Facebook postings–once when referring to the role of Sputnik in the history of the Soviet Union and also in discussing the interrelatedness of energy independence, the national debt, and the the value of the US dollar.

Update: ABC News has more on this new addition to the Palin team, including a quote from SarahPAC treasurer, Tim Crawford:

Sarah Palin has a new foreign policy adviser.  Out is Randy Scheunemann, one of the few remaining links to her time on the McCain/Palin ticket, and in is Peter Schweizer, a fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Scheunemann was a key foreign policy adviser to the campaign of Senator John McCain, and a played a huge role advising Palin during her debate prep.  He stuck with her after the election.  But now, Tim Crawford, the Treasurer for SarahPac, tells ABC News, “Randy couldn’t give us the time that the Governor required.”

Scheunemann is the President of the “Committee for the Liberation of Iraq,” and is seen as something of a NeoConservative, supportive of a far-reaching American foreign policy.  He worked for Palin along with Michael Goldfarb, a former writer at the Weekly Standard.

Incoming adviser Peter Schweizer is seen to view the United States with a more limited role in world affairs.

The shift in adviser might have been reflected in a foreign policy speech Palin delivered last night in Colorado.  She called on American foreign policy to have “clearly defined objectives.” In recent weeks she has been critical of U.S. policy in Libya for its “lack of clarity.”

You can see Governor Palin’s speech to which ABC refers here.

Update II by Doug: More on the Schweizer hire from Cubachi:

Schweizer is known to be more conservative about the use of force abroad and is skeptical about US involvement in Libya.

He worked as a partner for former Vice President Dick Cheney aide Marc Theissen in a speechwriting and has written many books on Bush, Reagan, and foreign policy.



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