Sure she’s hip now – after invigorating John McCain’s presidential campaign like nobody’s business. But how about five months ago?
Well, John Suter may be the only man in America who can lay claim to running an active Sarah Palin for Vice President campaign way back in April. And he’s going to tell Media Lizzy about it on Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. ET.
Suter & furry friend: unlikely Palin prophets.
It all started in 2006, when the then-57-year-old Suter, who lives in the Anchorage, Alaska, suburb of Chugiak, volunteered for Palin’s gubernatorial campaign.
“Alaska is the single most corrupt state in America. But even as far back as 1996, when she was mayor of Wasilla, she had a take-no-prisoners approach to bringing law and order to our state,” John, who’s known locally for competing in the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race with his poodles, tells us.
Cut to early April. Having rubbed elbows with Palin during her successful campaign, John was even more convinced she’d be veep material.
So he launched a campaign to put Palin on the GOP ticket.
His slogan? “Mothers Against Government Corruption,” or course.
Next he printed up 250 bumper stickers and as many T-shirts, samples of which he sent to Palin’s office.
Suter's not-so-subtle Palin pitch.
Within a week, the gov – obviously hot on the idea of tossing her ushanka in the ring – sent him a handwritten note saying, “Ha! I love the bumper sticker! Thanks for passing that along.”
Simultaneously, John was inundating every local and national GOP rep his could find – including McCain himself – not only with his campaign merchandise, but letters urging them to slap Palin on the ticket because “she puts public interest before special interest, and there’s nothing more important in a candidate than that.”
Palin's perky reply.
And the rest, as they may say come November, is White House history.
So don’t miss Lizzy’s chat with John today. Better yet, call into the show and talk to him firsthand about America’s newest sweetheart!