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Palin to Campaign in Virginia? You Betcha.

Anita Kumar

Gov. Sarah Palin's stunning annoucement that she would resign later this month in part because she wanted to be free to help other candidates made us wonder if she has plans to come to Virginia -- one of only two states with governor's races this year.

Bob McDonnell, Virginia's Republican gubernatorial nominee, attended a meeting of the Republican Governor's Association late last year. Many governors, including Palin, Rick Perry (Tex.) and Charlie Crist (Fla.), pledged to help him.

McDonnell's campaign has not heard from Palin's staff to set up a specific event, but it's been made pretty clear in recent days she plans to spend some time here this fall.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele said in a statement last week that Palin is "an important and galvanizing voice" in the GOP and will help the party's gubernatorial candidates this fall in Virginia and New Jersey.

Nick Ayers, executive director of the Republican Governors Association, said Palin plans to expand her role in the national party. "Part of her decision is she wants to spend more time campaigning for candidates," Ayers told Fox News.

In the meantime, there's no shortage of Republican stars willing to help McDonnell. In recent weeks, Gov, Haley Barbour of Mississippi and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney have appeared with McDonnell in Richmond.

By Anita Kumar  |  July 6, 2009; 11:54 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Sarah Palin  
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Can't wait for Ms Palin to show up in VA. Perhaps she'll make some (more) far-right comments! The more "help" Bob McDonnell gets, the more the Virginia electorate will remember his true far-right views, not the nonsense he attempted to convince the voters during the primary season that he was a new, more moderate politician.
The more rightward the Republicans lurch, the better off we all are...because they isolate themselves and lose more and more elections (ref: George Allen).

Posted by: hfmd | July 6, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh, this should be fun. Does the GOP really think this a smart move? She'll be accepted outside the NoVa area, that goes without saying, but I really can't see much impact in NoVa. The GOP already has that vote, so why bring her in to alienate everyone else. But, if you want to bring in a quitter, have a nice day.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 6, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I really hope she doesn't come around here- I would have to use all my willpower to resist chucking my size 14 shoes at her.

Posted by: justmike | July 6, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for "Macaca: Part Deux"

Posted by: kulwicki7 | July 6, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

This is like all those out-of-staters stumping for McAuliffe. We don't care what they think. Send her home.

Posted by: millionea7 | July 6, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm not even sure she will be received well by those outside of NOVA. Is she really going to change anyone's mind who wasn't going to vote for McDonnell anyway? I doubt it.
She'll appeal to the flat-earthers from the far right--the McDonnell crowd from Pat Robertson, Regent U, etc.

For me she only provides yet one more reason to vote for Deeds...

Posted by: jmdavis1 | July 6, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

To be honest I think most Americans could care less about her. Personally I am tired of hearing about her every move along with all the other non-congresspeople who are currently screwing up our country... She is NOT IMPORTANT TO OUR COUNTRY at this point.

IMO stepping down before her term is over is a large black mark on her record for any future presidential aspirations.... I certainly wouldn't vote for someone who has proven they cant handle the heat in the kitchen...

Posted by: indep2 | July 6, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I guess she'll be telling McDonnell to resign as soon as he gets elected since he will be a "lame duck" immediately with Virginia's dopey one term limit.

Posted by: jmsbh | July 6, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I agree with JCKDoors. I live outside NoVa area - way out. Believe me, there are plenty of us outside who are NOT far-righters. And some of us may be "flat-earthers", but that doesn't mean we're from the right or be received well by many of us. Hopefully, We'll be polite but that won't help McDonnell. It may even help Deeds with donations.

Posted by: mcdonalsherry | July 6, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

While she is campaigning for McDonnell in the real VA, everyone in the far more populous fake VA will be eagerly awaiting the chance to vote for Deeds.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 6, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for Palin to fly 3000 miles to come here and tell us who is and is not a real Virginian. Nothing would help Creigh Deeds more.

Posted by: Ibleedburgundy | July 6, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele said in a statement last week that Palin is "an important and galvanizing voice" in the GOP and will help the party's gubernatorial candidates this fall in Virginia and New Jersey.
Mike Steele is probably the only black man in America who does not know just how galvanizing AND divisive Sarah Palin's voice is. How quickly we forget (as if he ever had a clue). Sorry to say but Mike Steele is just a token for the GOP and he is too dumb to realize it.

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | July 6, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

To be honest I think most Americans could care less about her....

Posted by: indep2

If you think they could care less do you think they would?

Posted by: mcoghlan | July 6, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

She's going to help McDonnell. Just like she helped McCain. And to those who think we may see another "macaca"-like incident, go to her events and keep the camcorders running: she will surely provide one.
The Republicans seem to be doing a great job of turning Virginia blue. And just when you think they've done all they possibly could do. . . .

Posted by: jlhare1 | July 6, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Bring her on! This airhead won't convince anyone but the far right-wingers to vote Repuke and they'll do so anyway (blindly I might add). The rest of the Independents and Dems will feel only revulsion. Nothing like sending a quitter who can't remain in her elected position now that the oil royalties are drying up and she must begin to really govern. So much for being worried about her family and wanting to spend more time with them. She's as phony as ever. Just please don't have her haul her children around our state with her. Have the decency to leave them home with their Dad or some responsible relative. All Virginians are concerned about our homes, our jobs, our economy etc. Not flakes like Palin.

Posted by: capone1 | July 6, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

ROTFL @ mcoghlan :-D
Thanks, man.

Posted by: SecularHumanist1 | July 6, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Good Lord, please make this person go away.

Mind you, I think the Democrats are as bad as the Republicans in all important matters such as economic policy, security, education and energy. But Palin is beyond politics - she is living proof that blathering idiots can win in politics. At least the Dems need to stay sharp in order to pull the wool over their supporters' eyes.

Posted by: patrick4 | July 6, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I live in Fairfax county. Since that area is not a part of Palin's Real America With Real Americans, I reckon she won't bother trying to convince me to vote with other Real Americans.

I'll try to survive.

Posted by: palmtree2001 | July 6, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

We Northern Virginians welcome Palin in our state. We can't wait for her to get here and rally real Virginny Americans to vote GOP.

~~wink, wink.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | July 6, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

For Sarah Palin so loves Alaska that she's sacrificing her valuable TITLE.


Posted by: MikeLicht | July 7, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

OK, all you Palin haters, you can campaign with Deeds in favor of gays and gay marriage and Republicans and Palin can campaign for traditional values. Guess which one wins in Virginia? Yeah, I thought so, you don't want to talk about the queer issue.

Posted by: ccal | July 7, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

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