(CNN) – Sarah Palin is responding to a union leader’s blistering attack Thursday on her home turf, characterizing AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka as a “career union boss” out of touch with mainstream American workers.
“Trumka’s attempts to put himself on the side of the working man and woman would be more convincing if he weren’t a career union boss who’s spent most of his life in DC,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page. “No surprise then that his priorities aren’t the priorities of the average working man or woman, but of the Beltway power player.”
“My fellow union brothers and sisters have had their union dues squandered for far too long by a few of the union bosses who work for partisan politics and not the good blue collar Americans who have to fund their cushy salaries,” the former Alaska governor added.
The comments came hours after Trumka delivered a speech in Anchorage, Alaska in which he called Palin a "crazy magnet that's pulling people to the right."
“After she tied herself to John McCain and they lost, she blew off Alaska. I guess she figured she'd trade up-shoot for a national stage. Alaska was too far from the FOX TV spotlight," Trumka said.
"I bet most of you, on a clear day, can see her hypocrisy from your house,” Trumka also said during his lengthy attack on the former Republican vice presidential nominee.
In her response Thursday night, Palin said laborer’s true plight stems from the policies of the Obama administration – of which the AFL-CIO is a big supporter – and defended her string of television appearances – “It’s called the First Amendment, Rich,” she said.
“To my hardworking, patriotic brothers and sisters in the labor movement: you don’t have to put up with the scare tactics and the big government agenda of the union bosses. There is a different home for you: the commonsense conservative movement,” Palin also said.