July 17th, 2009
01:25 PM ET
11 years ago

DSCC links Palin to GOP Senate hopefuls

 A new web video links Sarah Palin to Charlie Crist and Kelly Ayotte.

A new web video links Sarah Palin to Charlie Crist and Kelly Ayotte.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Democrats are using Sarah Palin's decision to leave office later this month in a new Web video linking the Alaska governor to two GOP candidates in key battleground states.

The new spot from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee features an oath of office repeated by voices intended to represent Palin, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, and flashes images of hands with their fingers crossed behind their backs.

Crist and Ayotte have both announced their intention to run for the Senate next year; Ayotte has decided to resign early in advance of her run. Palin has not said whether she may be weighing a run for another elected office.

The first attempt to use Palin's pending resignation to slam Republican candidates began earlier this month, just days after she her decision.

(updated with GOP reaction after the jump)

At the time, a top Democratic operative speaking on the condition of anonymity told CNN's Mark Preston that going forward, Democrats "won't be shy in tying Sarah Palin to other Republican candidates where it makes sense."

Ayotte was the first target. "We're seeing a national trend where Republicans have abandoned their responsibilities to their constituents in favor of political gain," New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley wrote in a fundraising message sent to the state party's e-mail list in early July.

"From Alaska to New Hampshire, Republicans just can't seem to honor their commitment to the public. Not unlike Sarah Palin, Kelly Ayotte has broken her promise to the people she represents and put politics before public service."

UPDATE: Republicans responded Friday by linking Palin to another familiar Democratic target. “First it was President Bush, now it’s Governor Palin - when will the Democrats stop trying to turn Republican candidates into other people and finally focus on the critical issues facing America, like bipartisan health care reform and skyrocketing unemployment? " National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson said in a statement Friday afternoon. "Obviously the Democrats are nervous about Charlie Crist and Kelly Ayotte’s candidacies, considering they’re spending this much time lobbing these pathetic attacks instead of figuring out how to turn our nation’s economy around.”

Filed under: Charlie Crist • DSCC • Sarah Palin
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Real Republican

    I hope Ron Paul runs again

    July 17, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Lisa V


    July 17, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. G

    Tired of hearing anything about Palin.

    July 17, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    The Palin story du jour. I though you were slipping, CNN. Naturally, this is the ticker story to distract from the Obama sinking in the polls ticker. Gotta shift the attention elsewhere, now don't we?

    July 17, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It seems like once you uncover some dirt on the GOP, a whole bunch of dirt gets revealed. ie: C-Street. Sarah Palin is thinking only of Sarah Palin. As an African-American hearing the President's speech at the NAACP last night, I was moved and inspired. I often wonder that if Sarah Palin was ever President, will she reach out to the African-American community? The answer came to me in the blink of an eye...NO. The big thing I gathered from the President's speech last night was this quote: "NO EXCUSES"

    Quitting is Quitting. NO EXCUSES

    July 17, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter

    CNN wrote: The attempt to use Palin's pending resignation to slam Republican candidates began earlier this month, just days after she her decision.

    CNN has more "slams" than a screen door. Have a nice day!

    July 17, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Democrati Ignorati

    Tell me...when Obama was traveling the country in his bid for President, was fe faithfully serving the people of Illinois? Did Kerry faithfully serve the people of Mass.? What about Clinton and New York? For as much as they are out campaigning, are these folks back in Washington casting votes? No. So, is it more honorable to step aside and allow a Lieutenant Governor run the state, or just ignore your Senatorial duties while running for public office?

    July 17, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Bit

    What happened to "Country First."?

    July 17, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Bob in Pa

    It is sad that they take this route. She steps down because she has found that she in no longer able to perform her duties as she feels they should be. Unlike all those Senators (Dems and Reps alike) that ran for President and stayed in Office the entire time basically abandoning their duties and their constituents. Several have been democrat heavyweights John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton.

    I can only remember Bob Dole and John Edwards in recent times as having class enough to step down because the process took away from them being able to perform their duties.

    Put the stones down boys and girls, you're living in glass houses here.

    July 17, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Richard L

    Charlie Crist is popular with both Republicans and Democrats in Florida. He has skipped appearances with Bush and McCain in the past and has embraced President Obama. It's likely that he's too smart to make Palin any part of his campaign.

    July 17, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Jenn, Philadelphia

    What's worse, resigning your office to run for office or running for office while keeping the seat your in? At least if you resign, the seat can be filled and the people of your state will have someone working for them instead of you only giving them half a representative.

    July 17, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. GOP = Party of Tolerance

    Running against Palin will backfire for the Dems - people love her! She doesn't follow conventional wisdom and isn't afraid to speak her mind. In 2008 she aroused an adoring public with her charm and floksy manner. Now she has answered a higher calling to inspire and excite all Americans. While she is not the "annointed one" of the elites she has the people on her side and in a democracy that's what matters. The is the girl-next-door type you would like to have over for dinner.
    There is no doubt Palin is an attractive candidate and the frontrunner for 2012.

    July 17, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Shawn - GA

    Bad move, you have no idea where she is going with all of this yet. What if she somehow turns out to be some kind of hero? I am not backing Palin I am also not ripping her. I am saying we have no idea where this is going yet.

    I for one do respect why she left office, that much I can back her on.

    July 17, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    Didn't then Senator Obama leave the Senate after fours years? Didn't SOS Clinton leave the Senate before her term was up? Didn't clinton promise not to run for president but instead fulfill her duties to the people of NY? Didn't VP Biden leave the Senate early? Didn't Sebelius leave the governship of her state early? Didn't Gillibrand leave the House early? I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT PALIN quitting, my question is what does Crist have to doing with this? I'll answer my own question, the DSCC is DISHONEST!

    July 17, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Shawn - GA

    Obama didn't finish his term, Bush didn't, Clinton didn't......etc

    What is the point here?

    July 17, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Why don't republicans worry about helping to fix this country they destroyed instead of who is running for which office.

    July 17, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Seattle loves Palin

    Seattle needs a good christian woman to speak for us so we will take her here. Seattle is a godless city and we need someone like Sarah to chase the non-believes out of town! Drugs and non-christian minorities are running rampant here! Please help us Sarah Palin and Jesus! VOTE PAT ROBERTSON FOR PRESIDENT 2012

    July 17, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Resign first then run

    A politician resigns and then proceeds with next step in political life instead of just being a no-show for the job they currently hold, aka Obama/McCain. Sounds like a positive thing for a person who has to perform on their job everyday.

    July 17, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. CF

    A creative ad, plus it really hits home the message. I love it!

    July 17, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. susie

    The Dems should be careful as they live in glass houses too.

    July 17, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. fred

    That ad can be easily countered. The Republicans can just use ads with the voices of Janet Napolitano, Kathleen Sebelius, and Jon Huntsman. All three Democratic governors quit their office to pursue other interests, to further their political careers, forsaking their states and their promises.

    No intelligent voter will see any difference ibetween their actions and in those of Sarah Palin's. I certainly don't.

    July 17, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    If that's the best ammo the Democrats have against Sarah Palin, I wish them luckin 2012. She operates with ideas, plans and a message that the government works to support the population, not the other way around. After their performance this year, they will have a very difficult time playing in that arena.

    July 17, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Tee NC

    Come on these ads are getting very childish. Can we stick to the issues that we the people are facing? Dems and Reps alike stop playing games with our lives. I'm sick and tired of the far left and far right freaks that keep screwing things up

    July 17, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Hillary Sup.

    I support Palin too.

    July 17, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Hans Brecker RI

    That was interesting......anything else happenin' in the world that we should know about??

    July 17, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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