WILLIAMSON -– Republican candidate for Congress Spike Maynard has invited former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin to visit a southern West Virginia working coal mine.
"We would love to have Sarah showcase modern mining as a clean, safe and cheap way to produce energy," said Maynard. "She'll have to put on a hard hat, but I'm sure she won't mind."
Palin recently named Congressman Nick Rahall as one of 20 top targets for her grassroots followers. The 20 seats, all of which were carried by Sen. John McCain in 2008, are all represented by Democratic members who voted for President Obama's health care plan.
"Come November, we're going to print pink slips for members of Congress as fast as they've been printing money," Palin said.
Aside from urging her online army to work to defeat the 20 Democrats listed, Palin will endorse, donate and possibly make campaign stops for Republican candidates in the districts, according to a source close to the former governor. The source noted that Palin can also be of considerable help in the online world as well, given her considerable network of engaged supporters.
Maynard said he welcomes Palin, and her extensive Tea Party network.
"People are really excited about the opportunity to meet Sarah here in West Virginia," said Maynard. "I'm certain Governor Palin will help us engage and energize the voters that don't understand Obama, Pelosi and Rahall's liberal agenda.
"West Virginians love Sarah because she has the same values we have," said Maynard. "She is against Obamacare and is for smaller government, and she strongly supports coal and all other forms of cheap energy. Remember Sarah is the one who said 'drill baby drill.'"
Maynard campaign manager Mik Carpenter said response has been overwhelming.
"We've been covered up with calls and e-mails from people who want to know when Governor Palin is coming to West Virginia," Carpenter said. "We've initiated contact with her staff to get Governor Palin here as early as possible."
The Palin target districts: Arkansas' 2nd, Arizona's 1st, Arizona's 5th, Arizona's 8th, Colorado's 3rd, Colorado's 4th, Florida's 2nd, Florida's 24th, Indiana's 8th, Indiana's 9th, North Dakota at-large, Ohio's 6th, Ohio's 16th, Pennsylvania's 3rd, Pennsylvania's 10th, South Carolina's 5th, Tennessee's 6th, Virginia's 5th, West Virginia's 1st and West Virginia's 3rd.
Maynard is seeking the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District of West Virginia. He is a former West Virginia State Supreme Court Justice and trial judge from Mingo County.