Sarah Palin spent the first day of the Republican National Convention serving baked beans and sliders at a barbecue joint here, in a last-minute campaign stop for Kirk Adams, a former state legislator who is vying for the Republican nomination in Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District race.
Former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin serves dinner with Kirk Adams, a Republican candidate for U.S. Representative from Arizona's 5th Congressional District at Joe's Farm Grill in Gilbert, AZ
[Photo; Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Not that it mattered why she was visiting.
“I don’t know who this Kirk person is,” said Jessica Flowers Cuff, 31, who lives in Gilbert. “It’s my day off; I wanted to see Sarah.”
Ms. Palin picked the location: Joe’s Farm Grill, which serves grilled American grub not far from an interstate highway. She had seen it featured on the Food Network series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” said one of its owners, Tim Peelen.
The Adams campaign ordered food for 500 people: chicken, sliders, beans, but no dessert. There were Adams signs all around and T-shirts that read, “O.M.G.: Obama Must Go.” His primary opponent, Matt Salmon, a former congressman, has been endorsed by Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, and Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, among others.