As the Tea Party Express makes its way across the country, Sarah Palin has emerged as a favorite daughter of the movement, and organizers have invited her to join the tour — or at least come to the final stop in the nation's capital.The former governor has not been been making public appearances. She has instead been working the past month to finish the memoir she is writing. Her father, Chuck Heath, says the book is 85 percent completed. With the exception of several postings on her Facebook Notes page which had quite a significant impact, Sarah Palin has been conentrating on getting the getting her manuscript wrapped up and submitted to her publisher.
The bus is scheduled to end its nationwide journey in Washington on Saturday, September 12.
"We've been in touch with her people, letting her know the response that we've gotten. She's very suportive (sic) of the movement," says Joe Wierzbicki, one of the organizers traveling on the Tea Party Express.
The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee has signed with the Washington Speakers Bureau and has a confirmed appearance later this month to deliver an address in Hong Kong.
At tea party protests, Palin's is the name heard most often amongst participants. In El Paso, Texas Wednesday, the crowd chanted "Sar-rah, Sar-rah." One hot item: "Draft Sarah Palin 2012″ t-shirts.Whether Palin would be interested in trying to earn a leadership position in the tea party movement is an open question. It was reported Monday that she has over a thousand requests for appearances and other offers to sort through.