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Sarah Palin Stirs Confusion With Tea Party Rally Plans

Sarah Palin found herself at the center of confusion swirling within the political community on Wednesday after it was reported that the former Alaska governor was "no longer confirmed" to appear at a Tea Party rally in Iowa this weekend.

Palin was expected to deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Hawkeye State event. On Tuesday it was reported that the big name Republican's appearance was put on hold.

The Des Moines Register reports:

Tea Party of America organizer Ken Crow said Palin’s staff called this morning to say Palin’s speaking engagement at Saturday’s Iowa rally was “on hold” until three changes were made.

“They said, ‘Ken, can you take care of bing, bing, bing’ and I said, ‘Yessir, I will’ and I did,” Crow, an Indianola Republican told The Des Moines Register.

CNN's Peter Hamby reports that sources close to the former governor say organizers of the event had been "dishonest" about the line-up of the rally and the promotion of the event.

Tea Party of America founder Ken Crow told ABC News, "We made mistakes and now we are fixing them. It’s all good." He signaled that Palin should be on hand for the Tea Party event on Wednesday.

Crow cited "a couple of errors" in addressing complications related to Palin's scheduled appearance and said that the former governor has been "a lady of her word and impeccably honest" when it comes to her posture toward the gathering.

Crow told the Daily Caller that he hopes Palin won't ultimately cancel her appearance. "It would hurt her more than hurt us," he said.

Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell, who made an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate last year, was also scheduled to appear at this weekend's Tea Party rally. After abruptly being dropped from the program, the former candidate was reportedly re-invited to attend the event late on Tuesday. However, on Wednesday, the president of the Tea Party of America said, "I had to cancel O’Donnell."

Palin endorsed O'Donnell's Senate campaign during the 2010 election season.

UPDATE: A source close to Palin confirms to Scott Conroy at RealClearPolitics that the former governor plans to make an appearance at this weekend's Tea Party rally in Iowa.