Sarah Palin notably absent from gubernatorial races
Sarah Palin stands ready to stump for Republican gubernatorial candidates, but neither Chris Christie nor Bob McDonnell seems to want her help.
Sarah Palin stands ready to stump for the Republican gubernatorial candidates running in the two most closely-watched campaigns in the country this fall, but neither seems to want her help.
Less than a month before voters go to the polls, it appears increasingly clear that the former Alaska governor, vice-presidential nominee and conservative favorite will not appear on behalf of either New Jersey’s Chris Christie or Virginia’s Bob McDonnell.
Palin is the only one of the most talked-about potential 2012 presidential candidates who has not yet campaigned for either Republican candidate.
Given her loyal following among many in the party’s grassroots, it’s Palin who could surely draw the largest crowd and perhaps raise the most money for the two candidates—her book, “Going Rogue,” is already the number-one bestseller on Amazon, over a month before it’s even released.
“The governor offered her assistance with both races,” said Palin adviser Meg Stapleton. “The ball is in their court.”
Neither GOP campaign wanted to discuss why they didn’t want Palin in the state—to say so would offend the conservative base that both Christie and McDonnell are counting on, not just to vote for them but to also volunteer time in the crucial final weeks of the election.
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Soon to be former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin fishes on a boat as she is interviewed by reporter Kate Snow in Wasilla, Alaska. Palin abruptly resigned her job as governor earlier this month.
One candidate is bringing in the star power. The other would rather go it alone, thanks.
Gov. Jon Corzine has reserved the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel for a rally tomorrow featuring President Obama and a crowd of thousands. It’s early in the campaign season for the Democrat to be bringing in his party’s superstar, but Corzine needs the help, as the latest statewide poll shows him trailing Republican Chris Christie by a dozen points.
Christie settled for a visit by Republican national chairman Michael Steele, who spoke to about 100 people in Pitman on Monday. Christie might be wishing he could counter the Obama effect with a GOP star, but . . . well, who would that be?
The closest thing the Republican Party has to a star at the moment is Sarah Palin. When asked about inviting her to campaign for him, Christie reached for the nearest 10-foot pole.
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