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TOUGH CROWD FOR PALIN: If the real estate crowd is any judge, Sarah Palin might have a rough road if she decides to run for president in 2012. The former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor — and now multimillion-dollar-earning author, TV commentator and Tea Party pinup — didn’t exactly light up her audience at the International Council of Shopping Centers gathering in Las Vegas Sunday with her 45-minute message of lower taxes, less government regulation and criticism of President Obama’s health care overhaul and the federal government’s bailout of Wall Street firms.
“Why was she speaking here?” said Chris Murray, president of real estate management and development company Denny Elwell Co., based in Des Moines. “Was she here to be a motivator? Was she here to further her political agenda? The correlation between the industry and her is a tough one.”
Robin Newton, a broker on the retail team of commercial real estate firm Cornish & Carey in Pleasanton, Calif., objected to Palin’s position in favor of offshore oil exploration — a tough sell given the BP disaster in the Gulf. “The cleanup from the [BP] spill could take forever,” she said. “Supposedly, we are at a green-friendly, LED conference, and here we are talking about drilling for oil. It doesn’t make sense.” — Rachel Brown