By Gary P Jackson
Breaking news Wednesday evening from the Union Leader:
WEDNESDAY UPDATE: YES, SHE'LL BE HERE. Sarah Palin is making plans to be in New Hampshire on Thursday evening.
The Granite Status has learned that Palin's staff has reached out to a number of New Hampshire Republicans for a clambake on New Hampshire's Seacoast.
Kevin Smith, executive director of the conservative issues group Cornerstone Action, confirmed tonight, "I received a call from one of Sarah Palin's staffers asking whether I would be available for a clambake tomorrow (Thursday) evening on the Seacoast."
He said he was given no further details and expected more Thursday morning.
"I appreciate them reaching out to me," Smith said.
We've also learned that among the other Republicans invited were Shannon McGinley, chair of Cornerstone Action, and Jennifer Horn, founder of the conservative non-profit issues advocacy group, "We the People," which happens to be the phrase on the side of Palin's "One Nation" tour bus.
It will be Palin's first visit to the Granite State, home of the first-in-the-nation primary, since the fall of 2008, when she was running for vice president.
Palin has been touring historic sites on the East Coast and meeting voters since Sunday, generating a huge buzz in the political media.
Know what else is going on Thursday in New Hampshire? Mitt Romney will announce his candidacy for the presidency. I know, I can barely contain my excitement. How about you?
This prompted the Poll Insider to tweet:
A source tells me that @SarahPalinUSA will invite @MittRomney to clambake 2morrow so that he will at least have media present 4 announcement
Some may say that is tacky, but considering Romney made a big trip to South Carolina a week or so ago, and only had 40 people show up to listen to him try to explain away his RomneyCare debacle, it's pretty spot on.
My guess is the beech in New Hampshire will be quite crowded Thursday night.