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. Sniffit

    Someone please inform her that backing the non-GOP-establishment conservataive every single time is quite predictable and not at all rogue or mavericky. Let's ask HER about the Civil Rights Act...

    May 20, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Karen

    Go Sarah, we love you!

    May 20, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Teapartyondude

    Will someone PLEASE tell Sarah her fifteen minutes ended a long time ago. America nedds level heads, not air heads or pay me to read a speech for money grubbers. She was new, cute and energetic. Now she is boring, out of touch and completely void of any sense of what this world is about. Does anyone really think she makes sense?

    Yes, Tina Fey could use the extra money, but America needs real leaders, not someone plucked from obscurity to emabarss herself. Mush on home Sarah, enjoy your brief summer.

    May 20, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. cjr

    sarah – rand two of a kind – gotta love them – a train wreck waiting to happen! I hope these two keep talking – everytime one of them opens their mouth – absolute nonsence pops out. and more of us will vote democratic.

    May 20, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Sarah is very good at identifying good core values for people in public service. Her reasons for getting into it are based on strong values and that is why she has been so successful with her message. I think Didier just jumped ahead. Congratulations for the endorsement.

    May 20, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Pam

    Sarah is a gift that just keep giving. As a Democrat I must again say that you Sarah.
    And I also wish Didertons of luck. She is just making this way too much fum for us!

    May 20, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Terry

    How can the GOP complain about anything Sarah does or says? After all, if she was smart enough to be their number two in 2008 she must be a pretty sharp cookie??

    May 20, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Sarah has them on the run......

    with the Rand Paul victory in Kentucky, the Tea Party and Sarah Palin have arrived......

    Obama is ONE and DONE.

    May 20, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Oh, Caribu Barbie, please save us from the "establishment"! We need someone else who cannot answer simple questions like "what are the other Amendments in the Bill of Rights besides the 2nd?"

    May 20, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Chas in Iowa

    Looks like Didier had more money. Palin endorsements aren't cheap.

    May 20, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Norm

    Good for you Sarah. You're finally starting to learn that it's not about party loyalty, it's about the best person for the job.
    The GOP has really gotten too party crazy to be of any use to anyone anymore. We need free thinkers that are willing to work for the people and not corporations.

    May 20, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. joel palmer

    Go, Mrs Palin, Go !

    you are the best thing this democrat has seen since, well since Barry Goldwater.
    Between you and Michelle Bachmann, there won't be enough of a gop to fill a two car garage by 2012

    Go, Mrs Palin, Go Go!

    May 20, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. The Nat'l Repub. Committees.....

    better start checking with Sarah before they nominate candidates......
    it's all about Sarah and the Tea Party now......

    The Pelosi, Reid, Obama era of socialism is ending just as quickly as it started....

    May 20, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but

    Well, I just hope Mr. Didier is planning on paying back all of that federal farm subsidy money he's received over the years. Because anything less would be... you know...socialist! Have a nice day!

    May 20, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Papasan in AZ

    The GOP should call McCain and thank him for unleashing this Racist Bigot Nut Case on the American public.
    He hired her first to jump start his Presidential Campaign, REMEMBER!

    May 20, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Pam

    Thanks ever so much Sarah. As a Democrat I appreciate all your support for these wonderful Tea Party candidates. I wish Dider tons of luck in his bid for election. She is making this so much fun for us. Here I thought we might have been in for a rough time in November but thanks to Sarah it will be like shooting fish in a barrel.

    May 20, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Shucks

    I really do admire her tenacity, I just question her sanity. LOL

    May 20, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Barbara

    She continues to prove what an idiot she is!

    May 20, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Laurie in Spokane

    You go girl!! The more you do the better for Democrats.....

    May 20, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Sgt. USMC

    That's what you get when you let some Alaskan airhead open her mouth in your favor.

    As if the 2008 election wasn't enough to give her the walking papers.

    You are stuck with her GOP, have fun!

    May 20, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. new to politics

    I feel sorry for didier. I mean if I was running for congress I wouldnt want a quitter backing me up. I would tell her thanks but no thanks QUITTER

    May 20, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Bob in SC

    Why are you wasting space on her? Why am I wasting time writing to you about her? What a waste!

    May 20, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Lissa

    Let them keep dividing into smaller and more radical factions of their patriotic fascism. But be ready to fight them if need be – they aren't the most logical and rational types. Arizona is turning into a police state, and Palin backs this idea. I'm having fun watching her back herself into a corner.

    May 20, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. mkh

    Excellent choice. No moderate wishy-washy republicans; we need genuine conservatives, and from what can been seen of the two individuals proposed, Palin is spot-on in her choice.

    May 20, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. felix

    Good for GOP!! The Holy Bible says: 'he who breaks the hedge the serpent will bite'. Sarah Palin and the tea party were recruited to seek President Obama's down fall. Now we shall see who is going to fall.
    Results when half-baked are allow to run show for GOP.

    May 20, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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