Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sarah Coming For Susana

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be in Albuquerque Sunday to endorse Susana Martinez for Governor, the Martinez campaign announced.

Palin is scheduled to appear 9:00 AM at the Albuquerque Marriott Grand Ballroom, located at 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE.

The former GOP vice presidential nominee is one of the most colorful, controversial figures in the Republican Party today.

Until now the Republican gubernatorial field has been cautious about Palin. When she appeared in Roswell for a book signing event in December, none of the hopefuls showed up. In fact at the time a spokesman for the Martinez campaign told me the campaign would not be seeking Palin's support.

Palin should help Martinez with the most conservative part of the already very conservative base of GOP primary voters. It won't help with moderate Republicans who have been considering supporting Martinez. Of course, that begs the question of how many moderate Republicans actually are left in the party. Democrats should be expected to make hay out of the Martinez connection in the general election, though it's questionable how much average voters pay attention to such associations.