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. Mcloose

    Again?? This lady still appearing today and then quit tomorrow?? forget it!!!!!!!!!!!!! She's nothing but a quitter, Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. peter

    Hahaha when Democrats warned the entire country and Republicans that this woman was nuts and they needed to get rid of her and mccain they said liberals were scared well well guess who the Republicans biggest nightmare has become....Sarah Palin...we saw this coming Republicans and we warned you...Republicans your Achilles heel is here and its only begun....hahahahahahahaha – a proud dem!

    May 20, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. AK Lisa

    I suppose it's because perhaps, he falls under the category of a "real American?"

    May 20, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. David Scott

    What a she dog... going rogue? WOW.
    This woman is clueless about everything.
    She is not stupid... SHE IS IGNORANT.

    She is as DUMB as her buddy little john McCain. And she does the FLIP FLOP just as good as the old man does.

    TEO REALLY SICK Rip-publicans.

    May 20, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. American Patriot -- a "real" tea partier

    How stupid is this woman? Why do these IQ-deficient individuals think that using the word "patriot" works for them? They use these trigger words that they think will get the emotional response - look at how badly Bush did the same thing.

    Is Palin, who I know is as stupid as a bag of hair, capable of understanding that she's insulting people? She's saying that anyone that doesn't agree with her assessment of this individual is a traitor to the US.

    May 20, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. joe

    So she backs a guy because she is inspired by him but he indicates he is different than McCain, she also backs McCain? I want to know, what does she really believe or does she know what she believes in?

    May 20, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. MB Seattle

    What Sarah did not say was that Didier who is out spoken about government spending has received substantial farm subsidies for the past years. A matter of public record. So corporate welfare is OK for Tea Party Members?

    I don't think Sarah Palin or Clint Didier has ever had an economics class and all they spout is extremist points of view that neither of them can live up to. Neither of these idiots could really tell you the role government plays in their lives yet they want to tell you how the government should be spending. What fakes and morons theses people are.

    Sarah you in it for the money. If you wanted to be a leader you had your chance in Alaska. What a loser

    May 20, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Ted McKee

    Why does the media continue to give Palin publicity. Her actions are
    strictly in her own interests and not those of the American public.

    I wish she would disappear into the woodwork, but realize that she
    has to continually be in the limelight.

    What did John McCain and the GOP do to us by dragging her out of
    her lair in Alaska?

    May 20, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Dale

    So, Ms. Palin is endorsing a candidate who dislikes McCain and Bush? Interesting? I say not really. She probably got paid more by Didier than by Rossi.

    May 20, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. RT

    Why wouldn't she support a tea party activist? She gets paid by them quite handsomely to make appearances and speeches. Don't bite the hand that feeds you they say.

    May 20, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. TM

    Sarah the Quitter strikes again! But answer me this, since the Tea Bagger candidate opposes the "McCain" style of government, how does he accept the endorsement of the person McCain picked to be VP? And why is Palin endorsing someone who doesn't support McCain? Or did Sarah forget that she owes every bit of fame she now enjoys to Senator McCain? Somebody please tell the Quitter that her 15 minutes were up 6 months ago.

    May 20, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Earl Shorty

    I just awoke from a coma. Who is Sarah Palin and why is her endorsement of a candidate considered newsworthy? Who above the age of 6 would attend a tea party?

    May 20, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. independent

    Unlike Newt, Sarah really does have plans to run again. The question is, how brave are the GOP members now, if they know they are bucking someone who might lead the party later.

    May 20, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. BC659

    She is such an embarrassment to the Republican party!

    May 20, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Diane Michell

    When will someone shove a gag in this women's mouth. Why don't we just take up a collecion and buy her silence!

    May 20, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. citizen

    Well, hasn't SP identified herself with the Tea Party? This should not be a surprise.

    May 20, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Lynn Shoen

    I have said from the beginning that we should just let Palin keep talking and she will ultimately self destruct. She is arrogant enough and stupid enough to be blind to the ramifications of her actions and how hypocritical she sounds.

    May 20, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Former Republican

    This woman is an idiot! She would support Lipton Tea for Senate and Green Tea for the House if she could.

    May 20, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. The progressive one

    One thing is obviously clear... all she wants is attention and recognition. She would do anything for another chance to run for presidency and she knows there is no way she will get that chance from the republican party. So there you go.... try to be the 'hero' of the TEa party and hoping to be the 2012 Tea part nominee.
    What a joke...she is like a teenage drama queen. Would say or do anything to get what she wants.....absolutely no substance !

    May 20, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. Ron

    So who cares? Why would anyone seek or embrace the endorsement of one of the great quitters in American history. Right in there with Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon.
    For that matter why is Palin being given a pass for quitting, let me say that with a bit more emphasis, QUITTING, the people of Alaska in order to feed her selfishness?
    Just curious.

    May 20, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Karo77

    Great woman, this one–She has come a long way since the days of Couric and Charlie and Letterman and all the MSM Palin haters...What a strong person–she got up and became stronger every time the left tried to skewer her. Most of the so-called "Big Guys have given up on the hate–they know they have lost...not so with the smaller people....Go Sara....

    May 20, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. T

    There she goes, more money in her pocket.

    May 20, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Henry

    Sarah Palin - the Democrats' most potent weapon!

    May 20, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. Tom

    Palin would be inspired by a sardine.

    May 20, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Mike

    Anybody she supports, I would vote against.

    May 20, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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