Sarah Palin is now involved in another big 2009 race. This time she is accusing one of the candidates of an outright lie!
Three races will be getting a lot of attention on Tuesday, the Congressional race in NY-23 and the Gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey.
In Virginia, Republican Bob McDonnell now has a double digit lead in the polls and is expected to win easily over Democrat Creigh Deeds.
In the Congressional race, Sarah Palin has played Kingmaker. She endorsed Conservative Party Candidate Doug Hoffman over liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava and forced the Scozzafava out of the race.
Right now the race in New Jersey is a toss-up. Unpopular Democratic Governor John Corzine gets 44 percent of the vote in a new Farleigh Dickinson Poll to 43 percent for Chris Christie and Independent Chris Daggett gets 6 percent. Some recent polls have had Daggett as high as 15 percent.
Many in New Jersey have questioned why Daggett even stay in the race, since he doesn't seem to be able to win. Daggett was asked that question On MSNBC today and this is what he said:
"I have had Republicans come in from Rudy Giuliani to Sarah Palin to Christy Mihos, who's running for governor in Massachusetts -- people in the New Jersey Republican Party. And to be honest with you, they don't understand. I'm not running as a disgruntled Republican. I'm running as a person who believes that neither party has been willing or able to step up to the issues that face the state and make the tough decisions."
Well, that statement sent Sarah Palin to her computer to type the following on her Facebook page:
Despite what candidate Chris Daggett is claiming, I have never contacted him or his campaign. I have never asked him to drop out of the NJ Governor's race. Now, if a politician is going to play loose with facts like this, the electorate needs to know it.
So, to the good people of New Jersey, please know that Daggett's claims are false. I've never even suggested he should drop out of the race. But, come to think of it...
- Sarah Palin
As Talking Points Memo put it -
"Palin took issue with Independent candidate Chris Daggett's assertion that she tried to pressure him to drop out of the New Jersey race -- and then implied that he should."
If Daggett were to drop out of the race, Christie would win easily. Corzine's approval rating is about 37 percent and New Jersey is in bad shape.
Dagget has been pushing hard in the last few days. During last night's World Series, he ran ads in both the New York and Philadelphia markets. Where does an Independent candidate get enough money to pay for World Series ads? Many think Corzine, who is indepenently wealthy frm his days on Wall Street, is financing the Daggett campaign.
Still, it does not see like Daggett is going to bow to pressure to drop out. Chris Christie was afraid to have Sarah Palin come in and campaign for him in a state where Conservative candidates traditionally don't perform well in statewide races.
If he loses Tuesday, he may regret that decision. Sarah Palin could bring him much needed crowds and media attention for the final push. Maybe its not too late.
As it stands right now, this race is too close to call - thanks to Daggett and his mystery money.