Mike Tracy, the new campaign manager for Vaughn Ward, the Marine reservist campaigning for the Republican nomination for Idaho's 1st Congressional District, told IdahoReporter.com that Republican superstar Sarah Palin will not take questions from media at any time during her visit to the state.
Palin is connected to Ward through his work for the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during his 2008 presidential run. Palin was brought to national prominence when McCain chose her to be his running mate. Ward was the Nevada state director for the duo's campaign efforts there. Palin endorsed Ward in March of this year.
Tracy said that Palin's itinerary is too full to take time for reporters. "Unfortunately we don't have time for that," said Tracy. Palin's visit will feature three events: a photo opportunity, which costs $1,000 per person, a VIP reception with Palin, $250 a person, and a rally in the Qwest Arena, which costs those 18 and older $10 per person. The photo opportunity and the reception will be held in SportsZone, which is near the arena.
Ward is squaring off with state Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, in the May 25 Republican primary. The winner of that contest will face Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District in the November general election.
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