March 25th, 2010
11:57 AM ET
8 years ago

Palin's crosshairs spark fundraising plea in Virginia

A Sarah Palin fundraising post on Facebook led Terry McAuliffe to send his own e-mail on behalf of Tim Perriello, one of Palin's targets.

A Sarah Palin fundraising post on Facebook led Terry McAuliffe to send his own e-mail on behalf of Tim Perriello, one of Palin's targets.

Washington (CNN) – One of the Democrats being "targeted" by Sarah Palin is now getting some fundraising help from Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who is staying active in Virginia politics as he mulls a second run at the governor's mansion.

Rep. Tom Perriello is one of 20 House Democrats who voted for health care reform legislation that Palin hopes to boot from office in November.

An image on her Facebook page this week featured crosshairs trained on the districts of the vulnerable Democrats in question – a move that has Democrats claiming Palin is inciting violence against Democrats.

"Sarah Palin has set her sights on Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello – literally," McAuliffe wrote in a fundraising e-mail Thursday sent to his supporters. "She actually posted an image on the Internet that shows a gun sight centered on his district."

McAuliffe thanks Perriello for "putting principles above politics" and supporting the health care bill, a vote that could cost him in his conservative-leaning district. He then asks supporters to make a "generous donation" to Perriello's campaign before the end of March, the next quarterly fundraising deadline.

"Now Tom's principled stand has put him in Sarah Palin's crosshairs," he wrote. "But in 2008, Virginia rejected Sarah Palin and her over-the-top rhetoric. We certainly won't stand for it now."

The FBI and local law enforcement officials are investigating a "suspicious incident" at the home of the congressman's brother. A line to the propane tank on his brother's gas grill had been "severed," an aide to the Democratic congressman told CNN.

Politico reported Monday that a Tea Party activist in Lynchburg, angry over Perriello's vote in favor of health care reform legislation, had posted the address of Perriello's brother online and encouraged other activists to "stop by" and weigh in on the bill. The activist had apparently meant to post the congressman's home address but mistakenly published his brother's.

McAuliffe's e-mail is yet another sign he plans to remain a player in Virginia politics. On Wednesday, McAuliffe and blasted Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for opposing President Obama's health care law.

McAuliffe also told CNN that he is leaving the door open to a second gubernatorial bid in 2013. McAuliffe ran last year, but fell short in the June Democratic primary.

Read the full e-mail from McAuliffe after the jump:

From: Terry McAuliffe
Date: Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 11:02 AM
Subject: Palin Politics


Sarah Palin is targeting my friend, Congressman Tom Perriello.

He's had our back in Congress. Now it's time we had his.

Sarah Palin has set her sights on Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello – literally. She actually posted an image on the Internet that shows a gun sight centered on his district.

Together, let's show Sarah Palin that her irresponsible attacks only embolden our resolve to send strong leaders like Tom Perriello to Washington.

On Sunday night, Tom helped us make history. After beating a Republican incumbent in Virginia's 5th district in 2008 by just 727 votes, you could be forgiven for thinking he would play it safe. But Tom stood up for his constituents and the people of Virginia, casting a courageous vote for health care reform.

Now Tom's principled stand has put him in Sarah Palin's crosshairs. But in 2008, Virginia rejected Sarah Palin and her over-the-top rhetoric. We certainly won't stand for it now.

Click here to make a contribution to Tom's campaign before the March 31st FEC fundraising deadline so he has the resources to fight back against Sarah Palin's attacks.

Tom's people-powered campaign won in 2008 thanks to a commitment to conviction politics. In Congress, he's governed with the same dedication. He refuses to put partisanship over policy solutions, spending every day fighting to fix our economy, secure our energy future, and ensure that every Virginian has access to affordable health care.

His reelection in 2010 will send a message that putting principles above politics is a winning strategy. If I know one thing about Tom, it's that he'll always do what's right, not what's easy.

Sarah Palin tried to scare Americans out of supporting this bill, and now she's trying to scare you out of supporting Tom Perriello. It's time to show her that dog don't hunt!

Click here to make a generous contribution to Tom Perriello's campaign today.

Thanks to Tom, 1.2 million uninsured Virginians will have access to affordable health insurance; 93,400 Virginia small businesses will have access to health care tax credits; and countless Virginians with pre-existing conditions will no longer be subject to insurance discrimination. Let's make sure this hero is back in 2010.


Terry McAuliffe

P.S. – Tom promised to work a double shift for us in Congress and man, has he ever. Sarah Palin may have quit her job as Governor of Alaska, but I know that Tom won't quit working for us. Tell Sarah Palin we've had enough. Click here to rush a contribution to Tom Perriello's reelection campaign today.

Filed under: Sarah Palin • Terry McAuliffe • Tom Perriello • Virginia
soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Gary

    She is a very sick woman.

    March 25, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. hongli

    Sarah Palin is a " SCUM-BAG".

    March 25, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Sarah Palin is grotesque.

    March 25, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Marty K

    I don't care what your party affiliation or what your thoughts are on the candidates in these regions – the use of targets (gun-sights) on the Facebook map was in utter poor taste, and demonstrates Ms. Palin's poor judgment.

    March 25, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. CMartin

    wow...we have really grown ridiculous. this is seriously worse than high school. grow some america and stop the ridiculous bickering and incessant whining. good lord, but its nauseating! and cnn you're nauseating for even reporting this nonsense like its actually news. shame on all of you as infantile politicians and reporters.

    March 25, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    A spokesman for Palin is claiming that she isn't inciting violence by putting crosshairs on "targeted" Congress members who voted for health care reform or by using phrases like "reload" in regard to opposing that reform.

    The spokesman's reasoning is that "in the past" Palin has spoken out against using violence to affect political change.

    The operative phrase here is "in the past." Palin, along with the rest of the GOP leadership, has stepped onto the violence bandwagon, by both their rhetoric and their refusal to condemn those of their party that are calling for treasonous armed rebellion (and worse).

    Especially given Palin's pride in being a hunter, there is no other interpretation of using crosshairs on a map than to assume she means to encourage people to "eliminate" by violent means her political opponents.

    And if, God forbid, one of these "targeted" Congress members or their families are harmed by one of Palin's nut job followers, Palin should be charged with a hate crime, convicted and sentenced accordingly (including making her pay restitution and not allowing her to profit from her experience).

    March 25, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Jason

    Sarah Palin I denounce YOU and Tea Party as domestic terrorist organization. I demand you be indicted on terrorism charges!

    March 25, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. CNN=corporate non-news

    If any democratic congressman is killed or injured from the actions of some terrorist nutjob T-bagger, then the responsible parties can be seen as BOTH the republican party and the major TV "news" outlets. It is due to the republican's mischaracterization of the health bill and other legislation , and the reporting of the work on these bills by CNN, Fox, and MSNBC was nebulous (some would say, and I would agree, by design). These networks – as the "public image" arm for corporate america – seek always to keep the general public in the dark.

    Given this, should anyone really be surprised that well over a year on nobody really knows what is in the health bill?

    March 25, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. Michele

    Palin is a bad joke, and getting more and more dangerous by the day. She thinks this cutesy map is not inciting violence, but as we have seen, the gun toting nuts who worship her are taking her "crosshairs" rhetoric to heart and to gun. She needs to call off the dogs before someone is killed...literally, by her hand.

    March 25, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. She's a Citizen NOW

    If Sarah Palin knew what was best for her, she will stay out of Virginia. We don't want her here. Maybe that radical governor of our's wants her here, but the people don't! It was here in VA where Sarah Palin incited crowds to scream racial slurs. I will like to thank Mr. McAuliffe for speaking out against Failin Palin. I sure wish he would've been elected. Palin me be targeting democrats, but she doesn't know the crosshairs have been put on her forehead now.

    March 25, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Brian

    Palin has done nothing but incite people to riot since she first set foot on stage back in the Presidential race. Her comments were intended to create hate. Her and those like her are no better than the terriorist we continute to fight. If you don't vote her way, her opinion is you should be shot apparently. Why the crosshairs?

    March 25, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Whut

    While not American, I am a Democratic sympathizer and even I think this is petty and stupid.

    March 25, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Michael in Houston

    despite her best efforts to keep her mug in front of cameras, always cramming herself into a culture that for the most part is just sick of this freakshow, Palin continues to look like desparate.
    Her intent with a crosshairs effect is twofold. The main thing is to use something controversial to KEEP her in the media and second to incite. Thats what she is, what she does, and who she is.

    She serves no other purpose.

    March 25, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. dan smith

    Palin isn't the only one who'll be targeting Perriello. Come election time most Virginians will be targeting him too.

    March 25, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Roger Wilco

    Now I'll admit that I think Sarah Palin is an idiot, and that she is hurting the Republican party because moderates/non-uber-right wingers are scared of things she has said. That said, c'mon, seriously? I could understand the outrage if she had put crosshairs over a picture of the congressperson in question, but crosshairs on a map=inciting violence? What if she had just put an X or listed the districts? This has been way blown out of proportion.

    March 25, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Tom

    Regardless of your political leanings, we elect our representatives to act and speak for us. They are expected to stand up in Congress and deliver our message. That's their job. Palin quit her job, she didn't want to play anymore, quit and went home. Why should we care what a quitter says.

    March 25, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. hello!

    You dems are so truly pathetic......afraid of a women with a target now????????
    Unbelievable. Where's the story about the "supposed" spitting? New video CLEARLY shows the man Yelling with his hands up to his mouth very loudly as ALL members were walking by. Anyone upset and yelling that hard with "throw saliva" – To make it seem like the man was intent on and purposely spit on him is a LIE.

    March 25, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. A.V

    I am disgusted by Sarah Palin.

    Anyone who follows her is a target of disgust in my book – and yes, I will voice it to every single one of them I would ever be unfortunate to meet, loud and clear: I will use the sword of my voice and pen. And yes, I am fully aware of the choice of my words, used here. Palin is a hater, who again and again beginning on a the national scene during her rallies against President Obama rallies for hate and violence. She is a dangerous extremist. nothing but.

    If you doubt it: read up on the American history. Dig deep and realize the method fear and hate speech and behavior. It is never admitted to, but done blatantly.

    March 25, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. sam, LITTLETON.CO

    Palin is evil. She is the Devil in a skirt! spewing her hatred and lies!

    March 25, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. sleepy bear

    Why is this woman even still around? I used to think it was for our amusement, not so anymore! I knew the more she talked the worse it would get. Why does the GOP let this continue? Is this the best they have?

    March 25, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. dave

    This woman is such a ghoul!!!!!!!!!! Please just go away! I miss my old world where I never had any idea what a Sarah Palin was.

    March 25, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Irma in North Carolina

    This remark of Sarahs needs to be looked into by some serious law enforcement. She needs to do time for this, If John would of stopped her from the hate rallys she was having maybe this would of not come to this. They also need to go after the person who wrote this for her, we all know that Sarah is not smart enough to use such big words. And then John boy says this is all okay. The one who gets up in front of the american people and says they are going to quit working on any legislation. Well i think this is nothing new all the republicans have never worked with the president.

    March 25, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. dan smith

    Break the U.S. Constitution the way the Democrat Party just did and you can expect the people are going to target you come election time. We The People will not forget that you have broken your oath to uphold the Constitution.

    March 25, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Dave Elkins

    Palin (for endorsing or not opposing the rifle scope image) is either ignorant or stupid. If ignorant, it's another indication that she is insensitively incompetent to hold any public office. If stupid, ...same.

    March 25, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Edith

    As the Beatles sang and so with the RepublicaNRA-ers, "Happiness is a warm gun."

    March 25, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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