Persuasion

Palin Robocalls Virginia Voters

She just can’t seem to stay out of the spotlight. With just hours to go before Virginia voters head to the polls, an automated message from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin went out to some state residents. The robocalls urged listeners who picked up their phones Sunday to “go to the polls Tuesday and vote to share our principles... vote your values.” But she made no specific mention of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell. McDonnell, who has a wide lead in the polls over Democrat Creigh Deeds, was reluctant to embrace Palin during the campaign for fear that she might alienate some of the more moderate voters whose support he has garnered. A spokesman for the McDonnell campaign said it was not involved in the phone blitz, which was sponsored by the Virginia Faith and Freedom Coalition, an offset of the Ralph Reed’s national group. Ironically, Palin told reporters during her 2008 vice-presidential campaign that automated phone calls made voters “irritated,” and that they represented the “old conventional ways of campaigning.” Looks like someone is really clinging to her values.