Louisville philanthropist and former Ambassador to Latvia, Cathy Bailey, has filled me in on her private meeting with Sarah Palin on Friday. I had stopped by the Crowne Plaza to catch up with former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who was appearing at the Kentucky Right to Life banquet, when I discovered that Palin was in the hotel.
Palin was the star attraction at a Christian women's conference at Freedom Hall that night. Prior to the event, Palin reached out to Bailey, inviting her to visit.
"I had a very good meeting with Governor Palin," Bailey said. Palin's husband, Todd, was also in the hotel room. "Upon arrival in her room, she immediately reached out and expressed her condolences regarding the loss of Solon and Liam," Bailey continued. The grandsons of Cathy and Irv Bailey were killed in a Christmas morning fire at their Glenview home.
"We spoke of the common interest we share in putting true conservatives in office, whether it be state or federal government, in the mid-term elections," Bailey explained.
The prolific Republican fundraiser for President George W. Bush has been appointed to a council called SAFE, (Securing America's Future Energy), which Bailey describes as "a bi-partisan group of former Ambassadors that are working to promote the importance of security of our energy and energy resources."
"Being from Alaska she was very interested in the effectiveness of the council," Bailey said.
"We also touched on national security, and the need to stay the course in Afghanistan. I applauded her on having a strong voice in front of large audiences and continuing to push back on policies we see coming out of this administration. We spoke of the need to continue to encourage women to participate in the political process."