Palin adds to wardrobe before Reno campaign stop |

Palin adds to wardrobe before Reno campaign stop

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s wardrobe has grown – even after $150,000 worth of designer clothes, hairstyling and accessories the Republican Party provided for her.

On Monday, the day before the Alaska governor appeared at a Reno rally, one of her assistants bought her a new suit for the occasion at an Ann Taylor store in an upscale Reno mall.

“She bought a short, three-quarter sleeve jacket, a skirt and a couple other items,” store manager Suzette Ludden told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Ludden declined to disclose how much Palin’s assistant spent, but said all full-price items in the store were 20 percent off that day.

Store personnel have pointed out Palin’s purchases to other shoppers throughout the week.

“Some people bought the suit, some people didn’t,” Ludden said. “I guess it depended on who they are voting for.”

Palin, who is John McCain’s running mate, is blaming gender bias for the controversy over the Republican National Committee’s shopping spree at high-end department stores to outfit Palin and her family.

The McCain campaign has said the clothing would be donated after the election.

News of the purchases of designer clothes, largely from upscale Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, contrasts with the image Palin has crafted as a typical “hockey mom.”

Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal,