Iowa GOP wants Alaska gov. for fundraiser

Posted: Friday, July 10, 2009

DES MOINES, Iowa - Officials of the Iowa Republican Party say they are trying to attract Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to the state GOP's premier annual fundraising event.

After she announced she was stepping down as Alaska's governor later this month, aides said the decision was driven in part by her wish to help Republican candidates around the nation.

Becky Beach, a Des Moines woman with long personal ties to presidential campaigns, said she hopes her connections can improve the chances the in-demand Palin will appear at the Ronald Reagan Dinner, which doesn't have a date set yet for this year.

Beach said she contacted Palin's aides before she announced she was stepping down as governor. She added she hopes to have another conversation as early as next week.

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