Palin’s husband makes stops in Glenwood, Eagle County

EAGLE — Cindy Ebert’s uncle can expect to hear from her after she met a visitor to western Colorado on Tuesday morning.

That visitor was Todd Palin, husband of Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. And Ebert’s uncle happens to be Paul Riley, the pastor who married the Palins, Ebert said.

Ebert was born and raised in Alaska and now lives in Summit County in Colorado. She made the trip to Eagle to see Todd Palin during a campaign stop. While there, she got former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., to photograph her with Palin for her uncle’s sake.

“I’m going to send him a picture,” Ebert said afterward.

Ebert was one of a couple hundred people who took advantage of the chance to see Todd Palin when he made stops at the Village Inn in Glenwood Springs, and the Eagle Diner and nearby Eagle County
Republican campaign headquarters in Eagle.

Mike Lassa introduced himself to Palin as “Mike the Plumber,” a reference to the now famous “Joe the Plumber,” Ohioan Joe Wurzelbacher.

“We’re behind you guys 100 percent. We wish you all well,” Lassa told Palin.

Afterward, Lassa said he’s a plumber in Eagle and shares Joe the Plumber’s concerns about the possible implications of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s tax plans.

“I’m not into socialism or redistribution of wealth or Obamaism,” Lassa said.

Lassa said he gives Palin a lot of credit for putting up with criticism of his wife. Verne Soucie, a Republican who once served as Garfield County’s sheriff, voiced that same view after going to see Palin in Glenwood Springs.

“He’s quiet, but I’ll bet he’s tough. He has to be tough, the way they’re bad-mouthing his wife like that. I think it’s a shame the way they’re treating her,” he said.

Palin made his local stops after accompanying Sarah Palin during her Grand Junction campaign visit Monday. In brief comments as he shook people’s hands Tuesday, he said he was encouraged by the turnout in Grand Junction and the energy shown by supporters.

“Right now it’s just important to get out and meet people and get them out to vote,” he said.

Palin gave no speeches during his local stops but briefly addressed the crowd before leaving Eagle, offering them both thanks and encouragement.

“I appreciate all your hard work. We’ve got two weeks to go, and we can do it,” he said.


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