Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Newsmax's Ruddy may be behind rumored Palin Palm Beach dinner appearance

We wondered back in June, when Sarah Palin was introduced to Newsmax founder and CEO Christopher Ruddy at the Belmont Stakes, whether there was any truth to the report that Gov. Palin was overheard telling Ruddy that she planned to visit West Palm Beach a couple of weeks before the November midterm elections. Since that area of Florida includes the 22nd Congressional District, it seemed to us a perfect opportunity for Mama Grizzly to campaign for the candidate she endorsed in that race, retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West. The colonel is in a tight race with incumbent Democrat Ron Klein. Both campaigns have cited internal polls which each claims shows its candidate in the lead by 8 points.

A few days ago, the Crowley Political Report declared that Gov. Palin will attend a dinner at The Breakers in Palm Beach next month (unconfirmed as yet), supposedly timed to compliment her Oct. 6 Miami appearance for The Liberty and Freedom Foundation. The Breakers Bash, according to Crowley, is "bound to be a hot and very exclusive ticket." Sure sounds like a fundraiser to us, one which would raise some serious cash for Col. West for his campaign's home stretch. Also, a Southeast Florida rally with Col West and Gov. Palin on the same stage could really help to shake up the district 22 race, a contest which appears to need some shaking up. If this is the plan, it could have a very positive impact for West.

One other seed which may have been planted at the Palin-Ruddy meeting at Belmont has blossomed into the special Newsmax Webcast interview of the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate scheduled for October 12.

- JP

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