July 21st, 2010
11:57 AM ET
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Conservative paper targets Palin for endorsement

The New Hampshire Union Leader published a scathing Op-ed on the front page of Wednesday’s newspaper.

The New Hampshire Union Leader published a scathing Op-ed on the front page of Wednesday’s newspaper.

(CNN) - Days after her first foray this election cycle into New Hampshire politics, Sarah Palin is getting a chilly reception from one of the crucial presidential primary state's most conservative and influential newspapers.

In a blistering Op-Ed on the front page of the New Hampshire Union-Leader's Wednesday edition, publisher Joseph McQuaid writes the former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee knows little about the Granite State and even less about its residents.

"Former Gov. Palin isn't making these endorsements because, as she claims, she has spent time in New Hampshire and thus knows that the people here are a lot like Alaskans. She spent a few hours here on one day during the 2008 Presidential election. That's still more time than she spent getting to know Ayotte, but it takes quite a bit longer to know New Hampshire," McQuaid writes in the editorial.

Palin waded into the New Hampshire political landscape Monday when she backed former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte's Senate bid. The "Mama Grizzly," as Palin called Ayotte, is the frontrunner in a primary race against three other Republicans. Her endorsement was greeted with enthusiasm from Ayotte, herself a social conservative running in a state where Republicans are generally more concerned with fiscal policies.

The endorsement was Palin's first political move in the state, which will once again hold the first-in-the-nation Republican presidential primary in February 2012. No other potential 2012 presidential candidate has weighed in on the contested primary.

"Kelly is the strongest commonsense conservative who can win in the fall," Palin wrote on her Facebook page. "I knew I liked her when I met her earlier this year, and I know this Granite Grizzly will represent New Hampshire with distinction in Washington."

Palin has already backed midterm candidates in the other key early states of Iowa and South Carolina, but has not visited New Hampshire since 2008. As the No. 2 on Sen. John McCain's presidential ticket, Palin visited the Granite State once in mid-October of that year.

A spokesman for Ayotte said the campaign is happy to have the endorsement - despite Union Leader editorial - but stressed Ayotte has strong grassroots support in the state.

"The paper is correct that the election will be decided by New Hampshire voters, and Kelly is happy to have more grassroots support and New Hampshire support than all the other candidates combined," said Communications Director Jeff Grappone. "The reality is Kelly Ayotte is the choice of New Hampshire Republicans and conservatives."

Grappone also said the campaign would welcome Palin to come campaign in the state on their behalf.

But McQuaid, whose paper has long played a key role in shaping the state's key presidential primary, says New Hampshire voters should pay little heed to Palin.

"Don't fret over what a "Mama Grizzly" from Alaska does," he writes. "Right now, Granite Staters have more to worry about in keeping bears away from bird feeders."

Howie Kurtz, a Washington Post media critic and CNN contributor, said the Union-Leader editorial is emblematic of the state's independent streak.

"The publisher's column is significant because it plays the home-state card–that is, who is this outsider from Alaska to tell our Republicans how to vote?–in a state that prides itself on its independence," he said.

The paper endorsed the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008, though made no mention of Palin in that editorial.

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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Danny Boy

    Is someone surprised that she doesn't know what she's talking about? Hello? McFly?!!!

    July 21, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. charles

    i dont care about endorsements. I acnt imagine being told that i should vote for some one, above all Palin?. she has the fame, but americans for your future and your kids and grand kids futures and you listen to that plank!!!. Are you kiding ? That shows that America is slidding too fast to a third world country where at the marsel of the gun people are told to vote .

    July 21, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Nikki

    I just threw up in my mouth. Go away, Palin.

    July 21, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Mesa Mick

    At least there are some people in rural America that can see thru this woman's BS...

    July 21, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Big John

    She knows very little about a lot, most things actually, including the job as Governor of Alaska, it's why she quit. She finally realized she was in over her head. She claims to have almighty knowledge but her answers to innocent questions such as "What do you read, and what does the VP do?" are very telling that she's not very smart. The sooner her supporters figure this out, she'll go back to something she's more qualified to do, picking fish from a net.

    July 21, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |

    Much like Half Gov. Palin's pit bull fairy tales of days gone by, her new mama Grizzly tag is as misinformed as her previous ramblings. Do you suppose half Gov. Palin knows that grizzlies eat their own young? I think not. Just one more bit of chatter from her that makes no sense because her stories are all made up, in her own bewildered mind.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    July 21, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Kudzu Smegma Kevlar Palin

    She's refugnant.

    July 21, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. ronalde

    Run her out of the state.

    July 21, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Tom from Canonsburg

    Plain & Simple...This woman is always talking out of her butt.

    July 21, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. doolindalton

    Not that I care who wins this race in New Hampshire, but the paper could have done everybody a service by pointing out how shallow and demeaning the Palin Project has rendered public service and politics in general by making stupid pronouncements and endorsements based upon nothing but her insipid, narrow view of the world.

    July 21, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Bill

    Of course, what do you expect from someone who doesn't even read newspapers?

    July 21, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. QOTU

    This woman is overly impressed with herself. Go back to Alaska Sarah

    July 21, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. amarjit sehmi

    Signing of Financialk Reform Bill into law is not only historic & credit worthy, it was rather overdue after economic recession which hit America & destablised the global economy. It has also raised up the credibility of Wall Street & Banking Systems in the eyes of the world giving example of effective performance of democracy & Presiedential system in America imroving & increasing its acceptability & rationality amongst all nations under development & evolution the world over.It will certainly stablise US financial market & fiscal system keeping away the fraudulent & unfair practices of the few at the cost of all. This crown of victory goes to Mr. Barick Obama, Congress & Senate who will witness the performance of US economy to positive accomplishments in their life time & share public esteems.

    July 21, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. neonmadman

    Seems as though Sarah is a sexist. The only candidates worthy of her
    endorsement are women. Although I am sure she will refudiate this claim.

    July 21, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Big Pimpin'

    I love reading articles about shakespalin. She's such an idiot, it's like comic relief of politics.

    July 21, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Incompetent-DICTATOR

    Sounds like Palin isn't endorsing the candidate they like. She's entitled to her opinion just as they are. Attacking her for expressing it is BS. This editorial writer needs to grow up.

    July 21, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. cm

    Plain do yourself a favor and most Americans, kept your freaking mouth SHUT!

    July 21, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. Jonathan

    Is anyone else a little put off by the scene of Palin going around the country endorsing female politicians and calling them "mama grizzlies".

    What if Obama started making a specific effort to go around endorsing black politicians and calling them "panthers"? How do you think that would go over?

    Look at the Republicans – nominate one woman to the vice-presidency, and suddenly playing identity politics is a-okay.

    July 21, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Normhombre

    I'm glad to see this. Palin thinks that she is a rock star, and being a conservative doesn't mean you have to be screaming about socialism or "family values" or taking the far right nut path. The sooner that conservatives in this country quit taking their talking points from the Limbaughs, Palins, and Becks and start using their common sense to draw in other elements of society, the quicker that they will be relevant in the larger question of where our society is headed.

    July 21, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. MAhole

    Someone needs to introduce palin to a real "Mama Grizzley" in the NH woods.......... Maybe that way we can be rid of her once and for all.......

    July 21, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Ken in NC

    "MamaGrizzly" flipped a nickle and Ayotte won so there goes "Half Gov. Palin's" support. That "Grizzly" is an IDIOT.

    July 21, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Katie

    Bandwagon jumper! I'd like to see Palin give an in depth interview on any one of her election picks – where she answers questions about the candidate's stand on all national issues and displays her knowledge about the unique local issues that make that candidate the best choice to represent those people. Never gonna happen, though, not only does Palin have no clue, she really has no interest to learn, and she won't be questioned about it.

    July 21, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Sam

    Palin made a huge miscalculation in her endorsement of Ayotte. She blythely and incorrectly assumed that New Hampshire Republicans are the same as Republicans in Alaska and other states. The fact is that most New England Republicans are primarily fiscal conservatives and don't reject the social conservatism that is embraced by Republicans in the South and in the Midwest.

    The publisher of the New Hampshire Union-Leader was right to call Palin out on her lack of bona fides. She knows little about GOP of New Hampshire and even less about the State of New Hampshire.

    July 21, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. maine liberal

    seems every place is like alaska

    Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will wrap up her East Coast swing in Bangor, Maine today. Republican John McCain's campaign sees similarities between rugged Alaska and northern Maine's expanse of lakes, forests and coastline, and hopes that running mate Sarah Palin can help navigate the terrain.

    July 21, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Pat

    Can she see New Hampshire from her house?

    July 21, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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