Palin Calls Virginian Voters
November 02 2009 3:30 PM EST
November 17 2015 5:28 AM EST
Virginians began reporting on Sunday that they were receiving robocalls from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin urging them to "vote your values."
The calls were paid for by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, part of a national conservative group founded by Ralph Reed, reports USA Today.
On Tuesday, Virginians will decide between Republican Bob McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds for governor, and according to Palin's message, "The eyes of America will be on Virginia."
Palin's support comes despite the fact that McDonnell's campaign said it did not want the failed vice-presidential candidate's involvement.
McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin told CNN on Monday that McDonnell's campaign had nothing to do with the phone blitz and was not aware of the robocalls until a reporter informed him about them.
McDonnell previously made headlines during the campaign for claiming he would not renew an executive order that banned discrimination based on sexual orientation for state job applicants, and for his controversial 1989 graduate thesis, circulated to the press in September, criticizing working women, contraception, and homosexuality.
In the paper, titled "The Republican Party's Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of the Decade," a then-34-year-old McDonnell wrote, "Man's basic nature is inclined towards evil, and when the exercise of liberty takes the shape of pornography, drug abuse, or homosexuality, the government must restrain, punish, and deter," reports The Washington Post.