In this Feb. 11, 2012, file photo, former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin delivers the keynote address to activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness is getting campaign help this weekend from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

The Maness campaign says Palin will visit a Jefferson Parish restaurant on Saturday to eat alligator with Maness. The event is a nod to a Maness TV ad that compares his campaign against two members of Congress to facing down alligators in a Louisiana swamp.

Maness, a tea party favorite and retired Air Force colonel, is running against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and her chief GOP challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.

A political newcomer, Maness is considered a long-shot contender on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Saturday’s campaign stop will be at Restaurant Des Familles in Crown Point. In addition to the in-person visit, Palin has recorded a radio ad for Maness.