You Betcha Palin Coming to SoCal, But Why?

She says she wants to return to private life

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    About to be former-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

    Details of Sarah Palin's plans after she steps down as Alaska governor emerged Sunday when a California Republican group disclosed that the former vice presidential nominee is slated to appear at a private gala next month.
     
    Since announcing she plans to resign on July 26, Palin hasn't made clear if she intends to return to private life after leaving office or will begin laying the foundation for a possible presidential bid in 2012.

    Republican Women Federated of Simi Valley said in a statement that Palin is slated to appear at the group's 50th anniversary gala at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Aug. 8.

    Group spokeswoman Pat Saraceno said the invitation-only event is closed to the media. Several hundred people are expected, and the appearance is certain to stoke speculation about her political ambitions.

    Saraceno said Palin "embodies the values that we hold dear: faith, family, country first and service."

    "We are honored to call her our friend and advocate," she said. "She is an amazing human being whose aspirations are simply to bring out the best in people."

    The Alaska governor's office did not respond to e-mail or phone messages.

    Reagan library spokeswoman Melissa Giller said the event will be held in a cavernous pavilion that houses the former president's jet, Air Force One.