September 30th, 2009
08:02 AM ET
9 years ago

Palin's father to campaign for Nevada Senate hopeful

Palin's father is hitting the campaign trail.

Palin's father is hitting the campaign trail.

(CNN) - Watch out Harry Reid: Sarah Palin's dad is coming to Nevada.

Chuck Heath will travel from Alaska to Nevada on October 2 to spend the weekend campaigning with Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian, one of the many Republicans hoping to unseat the Senate Majority Leader next November.

The retired science teacher is scheduled to make five stops across Nevada with Tarkanian, the son of legendary college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. He is considered to be one of the frontrunners for the GOP nomination along with Nevada GOP chairwoman Sue Lowden, if she decides to formally enter the race.

Heath certainly won't bring out the kind of crowds that showed up to see his daughter during the presidential race, but he'll likely draw some of the Republican faithful eager to catch of
glimpse of anything Palin-related.

Asked if Heath's appearance means that Palin is supporting Tarkanian in the primary, Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton told CNN that no formal endorsement has been made.

But Stapleton, via e-mail, relayed the news that Palin "loves 'Tark the Shark'" - the elder Tarkanian's nickname from his coaching days. She added that "the Governor is rooting for Senator Harry Reid's defeat."

It's not the first time Heath has hit the road to help a Republican candidate: In August, Heath traveled to his native Idaho to stump for Republican congressional candidate Vaughn Ward. Heath told the Idaho Statesman at the time that he was already planning an appearance with Tarkanian, but that he needed to delay his plans.

"He wanted to do it right away, but I gotta go moose hunting in September," Heath told the paper in August.

Stapleton said the two men met on the campaign trail last fall and that "the Heaths and Tarkanians obviously share love of conservative politics and sports."

Filed under: Danny Tarkanian • Nevada • Sarah Palin
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Moderate Democrat

    Let's face it...there's never been a good republican, not since Lincoln atleast, and he was a 'moderate' republican at that.

    And as a side note, Jesus would be a democrat. He believes in marriage the WHOLE time, helping people SEVEN DAYS a week and would never endorse genocide (torture/illegal wars/current health care system).

    September 29, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. Jayden, FL

    Her Father? hahah you're kidding right?

    September 29, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. Tammy

    If he raised a "genius" like Sarah, does he really need to help anyone else?

    September 29, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    The Twitter Twit flat eather's father was a science teacher???

    September 29, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. bellablue

    Who Cares??? Just another ROUGE!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Good grief. It's "Joe the Plumber" all over again.

    September 29, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. Jonathan

    I am shaking in my boots!
    Going after Reid in Nevada is a gamble you're going to lose.
    In the end the house always wins.

    September 29, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. Tom

    The Heaths and Tarkanians have one common thread... Lying, cheating family members who will stop at nothing to get the upper hand. It caught up with daddy Jerry, and it will catch up with Chuck's kid eventually.

    September 29, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. gd

    i wish her book was called going going gone

    September 29, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. Rebekah

    Hark whats that I hear? The third apocalyptic horseman saddling up..
    I really think the end is near

    September 29, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. bawana

    yee haw !! some trailer trash coming to town to support the local repug,,,now aint that special,,,,yeah special ed

    September 29, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. Duck Fallas

    I don't know if I'm more frightened of her or her father. If he really IS her father. I'm so scared.

    Science teacher. That's funny.

    September 29, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    What a joke! No one would ever spit on Palin's dad if she hadn't been pulled into the spotlight by a desperate GOP looking to pull in votes from their unthinking, "Christian" sheep base.

    I bet he can't speak correct English, either ...

    September 29, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. Farrell in Houston

    Just more proof Republicans are desperate. You would have thunk Tarkanian would have learned something from John McCain's failure. One would think Palin's father wouldn't want to show up anywhere near politics after Palin's disgrace to the people of Alaska.

    September 29, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. The Lady

    And where is the rest of the story?

    September 29, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  16. D. Casey | California

    Hey let's the get whole "Jerry Springer Gang" and campaign. Maybe Bristol could get knocked up again... that would generate some controversy and press coverage.

    September 29, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  17. cfoster

    Who Cares? Who is this person?

    September 29, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. ndorf

    does anyone with a fourth grade education or higher really care about this

    September 29, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  19. because we need the whole Palin family

    keep bringing them out, each one has something the U.S. needs to hear

    your next door neighbor

    your mail person

    your nanny

    McCain, you dummy, look at what you unleashed

    September 29, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |

    ah hah hah hah hah.
    that was a good one.

    September 29, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  21. bill Stone

    The dumbing down of our electorate continues with the popularity of all things Palin.

    It is a dangerous time in America when people like this man's daughter can say treasonous remarks about our standing president and be lauded by thousands of so called Americans.

    It is hoped that better intelligence will see through these popularity shows by the Palin family.

    I wonder how Alaskans would comment about all this hoopla?

    September 29, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  22. Larry

    If I was not an atheist my only response would be ...


    To see or read anything related to Sarah Palin is like being tied in a chair and being forced to watch a really, really bad movie, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over ...

    And now we have her father ... this is becoming surreal

    Pardon me ... I'm gonna throw up !!!

    September 29, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  23. They call me "tater salad"

    Oh please! Is this what is passing for actual news these days? The father of an irrelevant, imbecilic, nobody? I thought the Joe the plumber thing was a bit much but, this is just utterly ridiculous! Are you trying to win some kind of obscure tabloid of the year award CNN?

    September 29, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. Dylan from MN

    Is he going to talk about how Tarkanian can field dress a moose, give me a break.

    September 29, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. jason S

    this woman...and her family...are ridiculous. I truly wish they would go away and just collect royalties off the trash novel that about her life. We would all be better off for it.

    September 29, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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