July 21st, 2010
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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. Don

    But then, this is a newspaper reporting...

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

    Palin makes a lot of claims. She claimed to oppose earmarks but accepted millions as Governor. She claimed that deficits are unacceptable but left a $20+ million deficit in Wasilla for her pet Sports Complex project. She claims to oppose raising taxes but raised the sales tax to pay for additional costs for the complex when she allowed the project to proceed without clear title to the property. She claims to know a lot about "Mama Grizzlies" but never mentions how they can CHOOSE to self-abort when food is scarce! She seems to be a great comedian and the joke is on those who believe her foolish claims.

    July 21, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Liz the First

    Wow! this guy mustn't have had his daily dose of Kool-Aid. when the conservatives start waking up to the worthlessness of this woman, maybe there's hope for the country. 😉

    July 21, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Joshua Ludd

    Why would ANYONE vote for this ignorant joke? Seriously... if you support Sarah Palin because you can relate to her or she seems like a "normal person".. whatever that is... then you have to ask yourself if its really a normal person you want running the country... or do you want one of those super-smart, elitists that went to an ivy league college and can remember their opponent's name and don't have to write notes on their hands when they go on TV for an interview.. not a speech.. which EVERY president has used teleprompters for since they were available, but an interview?

    July 21, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. fideauxdon

    It would be interesting to know if Palin is selling endorsements. She seems to attract people and organizations who are willing to pay her to say nice things about them, and there always seems to be $$$ signs connected with the requests. By now, I'm sure that for every voter that follows her endorsement, at least one other voter is repulsed by her endorsement and votes the other way.

    July 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Donnatella

    Finally even conservative groups are getting tired of this idiot, Sarah is the worst thing to ever happen to politics.

    July 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Barb Alexander

    You mean she can't see New Hampshire from her front porch!

    July 21, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. gmh6419

    The 15 minutes of fame is starting to run out. The shame of the 1/2 goveror, full times money grubber, is that I was looking forward to her becoming the GOP candidtate for president. What a dope.

    July 21, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. terrix2000

    I still and will never had any respect for someone who leaves their post.

    July 21, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Marty, FL

    Similar to having so-called foreign policy experience based on seeing Russia from a backyard & entering Palin's "airspace."

    July 21, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Tori in Texas

    Sarah Palin doesn't know anything about New Hampshire or any of the other Lower 48 states. Unless it involves money or publicity for Palin, or free stuff for her and her family, she really couldn't care less about us. She has no clue about inner city issues. She's always criticizing eastern liberals, or California "values" and insults people who don't agree with her viewpoint. She openly states that she believes she and "some" Americans are better than others by her "REAL" Americans comments.

    Mrs. Palin certainly doesn't talk or act like someone who wants to represent ALL Americans in any office.

    She's just a pseudo-literate beauty queen always looking for the next pay off, trying to get something for nothing yet she never does any of the hard intellectual work to earn it. Just because she can memorize fun facts about each state doesn't mean she's politically aware of each states needs.

    I hope Sarah Palin gets the Republican nomination. I want to give her what she has given the lower 48 of America – A big fat 0. A no vote. A go back to Alaska you half term quitter vote. A get out of my state now vote.

    Thanks again for dumping this broad on us, John McCain. I hope you lose sleep over this at night.

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

    Palin only cares about Palin

    Always has, probably always will

    Certainly will do anything to keep her name in the news

    Fortunately, most Americans know what a loser she is

    Always has been, probably always will be

    July 21, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. JWN in South Caroliina

    Sarah Pain AKA "Who am I, Where am I and What am I doing here?"


    July 21, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Doc

    Been wondering when someone would notice that the "all politics is local" doesn't seem to be anymore.

    July 21, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Willa-PA

    Finally...some common sence critique of the airhead, whether from a consevative or dem. How can anyone take Palin seriously.

    July 21, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. atypical

    Palin is dangerous. She perpetuates ignorance.

    July 21, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. boocat

    I still don't get why people pay any attention to this woman. She's clueless.

    July 21, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. markus

    tell me, has Palin even VISITED Alaska since she resigned?

    she's constantly got her big mouth stuck in someone else's business.

    July 21, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Caribou Barbie

    'Tis more profitable to have governed and quit, than to have completed the term for which I was elected.'

    -The 'Barb'-

    July 21, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Ruth

    Palin has no self-respect or intelligence. Why would anyone with any self-respect want her endorsement? This shameless person needs to go away and stop making america look like fools.

    July 21, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Carmelle

    Being a "Mama Grizzly" has no place in politics. If you want to be a Mama Grizzly then stay home and take care of your cubs. Sarah Palin is a prime example of a Mama Grizzly who should have stayed home and taken care of her cubs! She probably wouldn't be having the family issues she's having now and has had.

    July 21, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Bruce DiMaggio

    If Sarah Palin is the brains behind the Republican Party you minds well move to Chile since this country is going to go to he!!. Some call her insipid and other just a dunce and those are the people in the Tea Party. Americans do not need her George W. Bush rhetoric in the future. You all should realize George W. Bush destroyed our national dept. Put us in the hole for ten years or more. Anyone that wants to return to Bush politics really wants to destroy us not make us strong.

    July 21, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Kizbah

    It's "Former half-term governor".

    July 21, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    Haven't they heard that King Rush and Queen Sara run this country?

    July 21, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. William Jefferson

    The great hope of all good Aericans is that palin will be the one to lose to President Obama in 2012. But really any conervative will do, it's just that her defeat will take some of the wind out of the extremey crazy wing of the conservative party, and empower the only moderately crazy wing.

    July 21, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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