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Steele: Palin 'Will Be Helpful' in '09 Gov's Races

By Dave Eberhart   |   Monday, 06 Jul 2009 03:33 PM

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said this week that he plans to ask Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for her help in the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia, according to a report by ABC News.

The GOP gubernatorial candidates are Bob McDonnell in Virginia and Chris Christie in New Jersey.

“I plan on talking to Gov. Palin very soon,” Steele said. “She is an important and galvanizing voice in the Republican Party. I believe she will be very helpful to the party this year as we wage critical campaigns in Virginia and New Jersey.

“I am certain this has been a difficult decision for her to step down as Alaska’s governor. She has been a good governor for her state and I wish her and the Palin family the best during this transition,” Steele concluded.

Palin’s abrupt resignation as Alaska’s governor still has her party’s leaders scratching their heads.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., issued a statement saying he had “the greatest respect and affection” for his former running mate, and was hopeful that “she will continue to play an important leadership role in the Republican Party,” according to USA Today.

Meanwhile, Karl Rove, former political guru for President George W. Bush, told Fox News over the weekend that he and other GOP strategists are “perplexed” by Palin’s bombshell.

Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee referred to the Palin resignation as “risky.”

Palin officially steps down July 26. She will be replaced by Alaska’s lieutenant governor, Sean Parnell, a Republican.

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