Sarah Palin gets help from ex-NHL star Ron Duguay after harassing New York restaurant

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin – known for praising “hockey moms” – got some timely help this week from a former hockey star, former NHL player Ron Duguay.

It happened on Wednesday, when a photographer began pestering Palin with questions about her recent coronavirus diagnosis as she and Duguay, a former member of the New York Rangers, dined with friends at a restaurant in New York. .

Palin was in the Big Apple for her libel lawsuit against The New York Times, which has been postponed until next month because she tested positive for the virus earlier this week.

The anonymous photographer began recording Palin having dinner with Duguay and three others at Elio’s Italian restaurant in Manhattan. Palin turned to the photographer first and waved at him from the outdoor tent where the group was dining.

“Hi, are any of you worried she’s tested positive for COVID? I’m just curious,” the photographer asks.

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Duguay, 64, then gets up and approaches him asking: “Are you looking for trouble?”

Sarah Palin and Ron Duguay.
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“Are you going to hurt me? asks the photographer, before Duguay appears to knock his camera out of his hands.

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Palin’s dinner was against federal five-day COVID-19 quarantine guidelines, but the restaurant suggested to the New York Post that was not their concern.

“People come to eat, we are not border police,” an employee reportedly told the publication.

The restaurant said, however, that it adhered to the city’s vaccination mandate by taking Palin’s party outside in freezing weather (in a tent with a heat lamp). Palin said she never plans to get vaccinated.

Sarah Palin and her friends ate at Elio's, an Italian restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Sarah Palin and her friends ate at Elio’s, an Italian restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
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The former GOP vice presidential candidate, however, dined at the same restaurant on Saturday, although he did not show the required vaccination card, according to the New York Daily News. The city said the restaurant would not be fined because its admission was not officially documented.

The photographer told the Daily News he contacted police about the incident and officers confirmed they had responded and the issue had been resolved. No other details were given.

Elio’s manager Luca Guaitolini told the Daily News: “It’s unfortunate, but we’ve moved on. We’ve been answering all questions since Wednesday. What can I tell you? We’re spaghetti.”

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ office had strong words for Palin’s exit, saying in a statement, “By repeatedly flouting CDC guidelines, Ms. Palin has shown complete disregard for the health and safety of small business workers and fellow employers.”

Palin was required to be tested for the virus on Monday as part of her trial.

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