May 20th, 2010
04:27 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin goes 'rogue' again, backs Didier for Senate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sarah Palin bucked the GOP establishment on Thursday when she endorsed a Tea Party activist."](CNN) - Sarah Palin bucked the GOP establishment on Thursday when she endorsed Washington state Tea Party activist Clint Didier in his bid for the Senate.

On Twitter Thursday, Palin said she is "inspired" by Didier and said he is a "patriot running for U.S. Senate to serve his state & our country for all the right reasons!"

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has heavily recruited another Republican to run in the race, businessman and former gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi. But Rossi, currently a commercial real estate investor, has so far remained uncommitted with only three weeks to go before the June 11 filing deadline.

Didier, a former professional football player, is relatively unknown in the state, registering 26 percent in a head-to-head matchup against incumbent Democratic Sen. Patty Murray who stood at 50 percent. The same poll also showed Murray beating Rossi 51-34 percent.

Didier has already attacked Rossi, painting him as an firmly entrenched in the Republican establishment.

"If people want more of the same, the McCain or Bush type of governing, then they can support Dino," Didier said in a statement earlier this month.

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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Jon

    Smart move, going with the energy of the Tea Party. Let's see if it does her any good in the end, though.

    May 20, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. greyfox

    The law of unintended consequences. Palin, now a loose cannon, gives everyone the willies. Be careful of what you create in your laboratory. It might break loose and then who knows what will happen to the nearby villagers.

    May 20, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Karen

    Exactly who does this woman represent? NOT ME!

    May 20, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Andrew

    The GOP are like mice in a maze without cheese to find, completely and utterly confused on who to back and what to run on as a platform. What the GOP establishment doesn't get is people don't want former business men or former politicians. Wake up.. your about to drive the car off the cliff.

    May 20, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Margaret Irvine

    The anti big government candidate who takes hundreds of thousands of dollars from the governement in farm subsidies. Like the rural land owbers who hate the US governent untill a disaster happens and then they scream for FEMA funds to bail them out of natural disasters.
    You cant hate big government and then reap the benefits...two faced hypocrits.

    May 20, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Buckhippo

    McCain ruined this country for lord knows how long by giving this moron a platform in national politics.

    May 20, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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