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. Mike, Albany

    Palin is a nuisance and should just disappear quietly. She will never contribute anything of value to society, and what is worse, she is the voice and face of ignorance and intolerance. These are things should not be valued in American society, and it is sad that they seem to be. The best thing Palin can do for America is go away. But she's much too self-centered and has too many delusions of grandeur ever to do such an unselfish thing.

    July 21, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. BostonMom

    Thank goodness for this – it's about time. Palin – stay away from NH, stay away from New England on the whole ... we literally don't need nor want you here. New England politics will be decided by true New Englanders – of which you clearly are not.

    July 21, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. jerseylou

    YEPPER .....This thing you call Palin is like a Disease that just won't go away.

    July 21, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Psychologist

    Mind you that this one is just one of the many, many subjects Sarah Palin is clueless about. She knows even less about completing a governor's term, good parenting, education, being diplomatic, openminded and tolerant, let alone being a commander in chief.

    July 21, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Elizabeth

    Smart man! It about time someone called this woman on her lack of expertise. This woman needs to crawl back under the rock from whence she came. Her ego is on overdrive. Anyone with a brain knows she is dumb as a box of rocks. All she does is promote hatred and discontent.

    July 21, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. vic

    Palin endorses candidate Heil for 5th congressional district in Nashville TN. From the Palin statement its clear she doesn’t know much about Heil , As a republican we like our Representative Jim Cooper. He is very good man he was with us May flood

    This is a other example Palin dosen’t know what she is doing

    July 21, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The paper endorsed the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008, though made no mention of Palin in that editorial. They were busy running as far away from her as possible. Ayotte will run away from Failin Sarah Palin too if she wants to win.

    July 21, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. olivia60

    Palin with encouragement of fox news had deluded herself into thinking that she and anything she says is more important than it really is. She is playing a dangerous game of show me the money but dosen't realize it that she shows just how ignorant she really is and she is an insult to anyone with half a brain. palin can only filibuster for so long. Keep your mouth shut palin and no will ever know.

    July 21, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. BobH

    You lame-stream media types better watch out, even if you are right wing conservatives! This Alaskan Mama Grizzly doesn't care who she messes up,

    July 21, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Pamela McGregor

    Palin is on her way to Georgia. Karen Handel is in a runoff with former Congressman Nathan Deal. Both are essentially broke. SARAPAC will send money and bring "refudiating" ethics charges against Deal who quit the Congress in the midst of an ethics investigation. The Georgia Legislature just approved a law making it ok to take road kill home. These two will be using the next three weeks to turn themselves into roadkill. Former Governor Barnes, the Dem. will legally be able to run against which ever roadkill survives. We highly expect that Sara Palin will be riding into Georgia to protect Handel from Nathan Deal. We, in GA, wait with bated breath, to see how this fight will evolve. Palin and Brewer will combine Tea Party rhetoric and Immigration fears against Deal. Deal may however get help from the good old boys, Eric Johnson and Oxendine who may endorse Deal. If it becomes a gender race, we may even get help from Nikki Haley. GA the next battle ground of the Republican-conservative-teaparty nomination for Governor....

    July 21, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. spike in conshohocken pa

    sarah palin... lol.

    what a moron.

    July 21, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Boots

    Those on the right will rue the day they took mama grizzly out of the woods!

    July 21, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Terry - Indiana

    Well, Well ! It appears that folks are starting to realize that Sarah Palin lacks the credentials to run with the big dogs, something I thought she would learn during her many sled dog races up in Alaska. Well, those momma grizzlies will stand by her, right up to the moment that the voting booth curtain closes and their friends are not watching, then she will get a taste of how American Voters say one thing, and vote the opposite way. I am sure that John McCain can explain the Palin Mill Stone Theory better than anyone else.

    July 21, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Hannah

    Not unlikely at all. New Englanders don't take well to outsiders. And when she compares Alaska to New Hampshire, she made a huge mistake. The woman is not even politically astute. She's a flash in the pan as they say, and I predict that she won't be around too much longer. As Republicans shun her, she will go back to Alaska with all her money and fade away into the tundra.

    July 21, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. moesmum

    Good for Mr. McQuaid and the Union Leader! Ms. Palin is traipsing around the Country endorsing women candidates, not because they are right for the job, but because they are women. She doesn't really know anything about any of the candidates. I am a woman, but would not endorse or vote for a woman unless I thought she was right for the job. I would NEVER vote for anyone "just because she is a woman". The people of NH are very intelligent fiscal conservatives and they will not be bamboozled by this No-Nothing. She's only interested in herself.....not this Country.

    July 21, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. John

    I wish Sarah Palin would just shut up and go away,because i wouldn't vote for her or any one she back. I wish she go home and shut up.

    July 21, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. th

    Please someone make her go away. She is like a bad nightmare that keeps coming back.

    July 21, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. blindbear

    Run Palin run. One step closer to a Republican Idiocracy. And I once thought the worst thing to come out of Alaska was the Exxon Valdez!

    Sarah Palin 2012. The wingnut gift to Democras that just keeps on giving.

    July 21, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Jack in Des Moines, IA

    It sounds like the Union-Leader publisher wanted to endorse someone else and now feels over-shadowed by Sarah Palin. Everybody knows when a grumpy old man is upstaged by a young female, he gets even grumpier. This is all so laughable.

    July 21, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. ME

    After endorsing Ayotte of New Hampshire, Palin asked her handlers where old Hampshire was?

    July 21, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Michael

    Why do we have to keep hearing about this absolute idiot...she was basically dumber than dirt when McCain (ugh!) brought her in and now she's just spewing her "Grizzly Mama" BS to a bunch of fat, white racist's who think she knows what she's talking about...she couldn't even name one of the founding fathers that she claims to be so in bed with. When did we start to take advice from the mentally challenged?

    July 21, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Peggy - TX

    The fact that 75% of Republicans polled said they had a favorable opinion of Palin is exactly why we must never never NEVER let that particular group of people ever select a US president ... the majority of them are simply stupid people easily lead and played them like the fools they are so that they will vote against their own self interest and vote for idiots like former President Bush.

    July 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Superhiro

    Good for New Hampshire. I'd be mad too if some weirdo from some nowhere state was telling people in my state how to vote. Oh wait. She's doing that here too.

    July 21, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. NC

    Ouch, somebody finally has the guts to speak out against Palin.

    July 21, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Texass Moderate

    Republicans don't require their idols to be informed or accurate. Sarah Palin remains a conservative darling because she is physically attractive, a constant source of poorly substantiated opinions, and communicates with a folksy delivery (and a wink). Conservatives in New Hampshire are vastly more intellectually and politically sophisticated than the no-tooth Tea Party types in the South.

    July 21, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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