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

Palin's father to campaign for Nevada Senate hopeful

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="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. victim of republican greed

    Kill a moose and campaign for a wingnut, all in a day's work.

    September 29, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. Ted

    good lord – won't the Palin's just go away? Is the Republican party that desparate to have Palin's father out? The guy was a teacher – too bad his love for education didn't pan out for his moron daughter

    September 29, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. RAG

    So now the whole family cashes in. What treasonous trash!!!!

    September 29, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their foolishness.

    Get rid of all dem Democrats.

    September 29, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. Simmy

    Mr. Heath, aka another bark from the secession tree......

    September 29, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. debbie, las vegas

    Seriously? Is that supposed to impress us Nevadans?

    September 29, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their foolishness.

    And why not. He has the right but I'm sure some of you ignorant watermelon eaters will find something wrong with it.

    September 29, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. notafan

    like daughter/like father,here we go again

    September 29, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. John

    Just what we need, another member of the Palin Clan campaigning for the GOP. EXCELLENT.

    September 29, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. Enough

    We need to take this county back from those liberals in 2010.

    September 29, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  11. JonDie

    The son of Jerry "the crook" Tarkanian wants to be a Senator? Well, at least Nevadans will know ahead of time if they elect Tarkanian that their senator is a crook.

    September 29, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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