Seven and a half months after endorsing Rand Paul in Kentucky's U.S. Senate Republican primary, Sarah Palin is set to make her first campaign appearance for Paul, at a Thursday fundraiser near the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville.
The Paul campaign says the "Rand Paul Victory Kentucky lunchtime fundraising event" is at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. That is the same fairgrounds hotel where Palin stayed in April, when she was in Louisville for the "Women of Joy" speaking appearance at Freedom Hall. It is also where she met with prolific GOP fundraiser Cathy Bailey, the former Latvian ambassador who has taken on a critical fundraising role for Paul, connecting him with traditional Republican donors.
While in Louisville In April, Palin did not make any political appearances. The Paul fundraiser coincides with Palin's "faith and family" speaking engagement at 2pm Thursday, again at Freedom Hall, for the National Quartet Convention.
"We're running a conservative grassroots tea party movement against sort of the establishment," Paul said in February when revealing the Palin endorsement, "and I think Sarah Palin is not afraid to pick the conservative."
When Palin announced her endorsement, she released a statement that she's "proud to support grassroots candidates like Dr. Paul" and is lending her support because Paul, the son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas, wants to "shake up the status quo in Washington." Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, made a $2000 contribution to Paul's campaign.
The September 16 appearance of the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, who has become a a lightning rod in American politics, is certain to elicit a strong retort from the campaign of Democratic candidate Jack Conway.
When Palin endorsed Paul in February, the campaign manager for Republican primary rival Trey Grayson, said:
“Secretary Grayson has a great deal of admiration for Governor Palin. We agree with her 100% that Kentucky needs a U.S. Senator who will shake things up in Washington. My guess is that if Governor Palin knew Rand Paul’s true colors she would think twice about offering her support of his misguided agenda. Paul’s support of pro-abortion policies, his plan to return terrorists to the battlefield, his opposition to our troops’ work in Afghanistan and his opposition to federal drug laws are just some of the areas where he finds himself hopelessly out of the mainstream." ----- Nate Hodson
It is Paul's "opposition to federal drug laws" that Conway is stressing as a central tenet of his argument against Paul's candidacy.
Sarah Palin's appearances come eight days after her daughter, 19 year old Bristol Palin, received a $14,000 fee for speaking at a fundraiser for a Louisville home for teen mothers.