(CNN) – Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, explained on Wednesday a fiery e-mail he sent to Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller last month after the GOP nominee made an appearance on a Sunday morning political talk show.
The e-mail was in response to an appearance by Miller on Fox News Sunday where he stopped short of endorsing Sarah Palin when asked if she was qualified to be president.
In his original e-mail to Miller, Todd Palin copied the treasurer of his wife's PAC and told him to "hold off on any [fundraising] letter for Joe. Sarah put her ass on the line for Joe and yet he can't answer a simple question, 'is Sarah Palin qualified to be president?'"
But Todd Palin later learned that Miller had not responded in the negative, he had only dodged the question to say he was focused on his bid for Senate.
In a statement released to the Weekly Standard, Todd Palin wrote: "My family has worked hard in supporting Joe Miller, so when I heard he'd said something less than supportive of my wife's efforts, I responded. But it turns out we'd gotten our wires crossed and Joe hadn't said anything like what I'd been told."
The original e-mail went to Miller, the treasurer of Sarah Palin's PAC and an attorney employed by both Sarah Palin and Miller. It was obtained by the Alaska political website The Mudflats.
Todd Palin's angry response to Miller's non-endorsement has led several online political bloggers to infer that Sarah Palin will seek reciprocal endorsements in 2012 of the politicians she backs in 2010.
Todd Palin however says in his statement there is no news - except that the emails were leaked. The original postings of the e-mails redacted the Palin's addresses.