Top of the ballot: Palin goes RINO hunting in Chicago

Sarah Palin goes RINO hunting during her event at the Rosemont Theatre in suburban Chicago, Colorado Senate candidate Jane Norton looks to assemble the fundraising dream team and California Republicans have money to burn.

'In his absence, let me just say'


During her open-press event in the Chicago suburbs Wednesday, Palin said she was supporting GOP candidates in contested primaries who were running against "Republicans in name only." As she said that, several people in the crowd shouted "Mark Kirk," according to the Chicago Tribune. Palin laughed, but did not mention Kirk, who was unable to attend the event because he was in DC.

The North Shore congressman had sought her endorsement during his primary but didn't get it. As he pivots towards the center in the general election, Palin's support would likely be more of a liability.

Before starting her speech, Palin acknowledged that she was appearing on President Obama's "home turf." It wasn't that bad, she said. "It's Chicago, not MSNBC."

The GOP Dream Team

Norton is teaming up with fellow GOP Senate contenders Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.) for two June fundraising events.

The Denver Post notes it's a bit of a odd arrangement. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is backing both Rubio and Norton's primary opponent, Ken Buck. And, according to the paper, "his staff promises heavy fundraising and advertising buys for Buck in coming weeks."

As a way of explaining the joint event, Norton's camp said she is "a conservative, surrounding herself with conservatives, and will govern as a conservative."

Keeping up with the Poizners

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) is determined not to be outspent by opponent, Steve Poizner, in California's GOP gubernatorial primary.

After Poizner announced Wednesday he was putting another $2.5 million of his own money into his campiagn, Whitman doubled down. She injected another $5 million into her effort, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Whitman has now spent an estimated $64 million of her own money on her campaign; Poizner has dropped close to $22 million.