Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin met with Louisville philanthropist and GOP fund-raiser Cathy Bailey Friday evening before Palin spoke at a Christian women’s conference in Louisville.
Bailey said Saturday she spoke with the former Alaska governor and husband Todd for more than 20 minutes at the Louisville Crowne Plaza Hotel. Palin expressed her sympathy for the loss of Cathy and Irv Bailey’s two grandsons, Solon L. Bailey, 12, and William T. “Liam” Bailey, 10, who died in an early morning fire on Christmas that destroyed the elder Bailey’s Louisville home.
The two women also talked politics, although Palin didn’t let on whether she will run for president in 2012, Bailey said.
“I told her, ‘You definitely energized the party, Governor, and there’s a groundswell out there with the Tea Party movement,'” Bailey said. Palin responded that she was eager to “make sure good candidates get through these primaries,” Baliey said.
Palin has endorsed Rand Paul, a Bowling Green eye surgeon and son of former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul. But Bailey said she and Palin didn’t “get into specific names” of candidates in their meeting. Bailey hasn’t endorsed in the race, in which Paul and Secretary of State Trey Grayson are the leading candidates in the May 18 primary. Grayson has drawn support from other prominent Republicans, including former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Bailey, who considered running for U.S. Senate this year until the tragic fire, said she is committed to “putting true conservatives in Washington.”
“We have a primary and whoever comes out of that, I will work very hard to make sure they’re elected in November,” she said.
Bailey, who served as U.S. ambassador to Latvia during part of President George W. Bush’s administration, spent 2008 as the chairman of the Kentucky fund-raising efforts for U.S. Sen. John McCain and Palin’s ticket. Although Bailey and Palin had met before during the campaign, Friday was their first time “to really sit down and have some time to have a conversation,” Bailey said.
“And I think we will stay in touch, because we share a lot of common interests,” she said. “We’re both moms and we share concern about what’s happening in this administration, and we continue to be interested in getting more women involved in the political process.”
Palin spoke to about 16,000 people Friday night at the evangelical Christian women’s conference.
– Ryan Alessi
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