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.

Filed under: 2010 • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin • Washington State
soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Mike

    The Teaparty wants a football player in the Senate? How is that any better?

    May 20, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Steve

    Her endorsement is the kiss of death! Who cares what she does? Why is CNN so interested in this looser?

    May 20, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Rick

    Still do not understand why anyone would care what Palin has to say on anything. The Press just loves this twit.

    May 20, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. SoOverTeaBaggers

    Interesting tidbit about Clint Didier. He's a farmer and got quite a nice chunk of change from taxpayers through the farm bill. Now that he has pigged out at the taxpayer trough he wants to now get rid of that nice payment from all of you. Problem is that many farmers in the Tri-Cities area and surrounding areas in Eastern Washington (where I was born and raised) have also been gorging themselves on taxpayer dollars (all Conservatives – hmmmmmmm, can anyone say BIG FAT HYPOCRITES?). Anyway, just thought you'd like to know the "quality" guy that Palin is endorsing. Big, fat pigs at the taxpayer trough. Apparently, that makes him a "patriot" in Palin's eyes. By the way, why does anyone care what this brain-dead woman thinks?

    May 20, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Observer

    Can't wait for Republicans to start saying that Palin is as ignorant as much of the rest of America already believes.

    May 20, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Aurora

    Does Sarah Palin believe that if we are not on her side we are unpatriotic and we are not Americans

    May 20, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Mark from Louisiana

    Forget about open-heart surgery or cutting-edge cancer treatments. Under Obamacare, you might have a hard time finding a hamburger. A statement released by White Castle, the Ohio-based burger chain, highlights how damaging Obamacare would be to small businesses and to Americans' job prospects.

    White Castle reports that a single provision of Obamacare would cut its net income in half - and then some. Jamie Richardson, a White Castle executive, says, "We’ve been working on this internally from a number of different perspectives. One [provision] that has [us] the most concerned is the $3,000 penalty that kicks in when an employee’s portion of a premium exceeds 9.5% of Household Income." Richardson elaborates, "In present form, this provision alone would lead to approximate increased costs equal to over 55% of what we earn annually in net income (based on [our] past 4-year average). Effectively cutting our net income in half would have [a] devastating impact on the business - cutting future expansion and more job creation at least in half. Sadly, it makes it difficult to justify growing where jobs are needed most - in lower income areas." And that's all from just a single provision in a 2,700-page act.

    May 20, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. marty43

    Remember what Sarah yelled into the mike – "DRILL – BABY – DRILL

    May 20, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Ndubueze Chuku

    Anybody following Sarah Palin is blind and should not be surprised when when they are led into a ditch. A woman that could not govern small Alaska, cannot speak English,attended more than 4 universities for a degree and lies a lot should not be listened to as a leader.

    May 20, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. independent

    What does Sarah think of Rand Paul's comments about the freedom to discriminate?

    May 20, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Morley

    Well, let's face...Sarah is a dingbat. She would be impressed by anyone who said a few "Aw shucks" and "How's that workin' for ya's" without any substance. Just a few folksy sayin's and a few good natured arm jabs and good ole Sarah will like ya. Her 'n the First Dude are folksy and happy, and they will really be happy when Jesus rises again and walks amongst her and her friends. Dingbat.

    May 20, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Avram Baskin

    Of course, in Sarah Palin's twisted world view, only registered Republicans can be patriots, and, for that matter, only registered Republicans who are Tea Partiers.

    May 20, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. peter

    Bravo Palin bravo keep showing your true colors and sticking it to the Republican establishment....

    May 20, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Pamela

    Sarah Palin makes it easy for me to know which politicians I should not support.

    May 20, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |

    WILD ALASKAN DINGBAT! She can retire the title as no one will ever be as dense.

    May 20, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. Dean

    This woman won't be happy until she destroys this nation

    May 20, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. once upon a horse

    wonder how much she got paid for this? NOw I hear even Bristol is going on the talk circut asking for thousands of dollars. The GOP will find out that Sarah is about SARAH but I for one hope it takes them a long time to do so while they keep using each other!

    May 20, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Boycott Rush`s Sponsors

    Sarahs the gift that keeps on giving like a massager with eveready batteries.

    May 20, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Larry

    Sarah Palin is foul, and so is the whole Tea Party movement.

    Hopefully November will shut them all up.

    May 20, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Sandra, ATL

    Sarah doesn't know what a patriot is! CNN continues to post every move she makes. I for one have had enough. If you want to campaign for her just go ahead and say so.

    May 20, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Wayne from Greenville

    Keep backing Republican candidates, Caribou Barbie – you're doing a great job for us Democrats!!! 🙂

    May 20, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin is the gift that keep on giving to Democrats. Palin doesn't do research, all one has to say they are a member of the tea party, it can be a clown, a pet squirrel or anything and that's all it takes for her.

    May 20, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. joeBallard

    Guess who runs the Republican party?

    Yes, it is ... Faux news, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Michael Savage, Mark Lavine ... and the Tea Party movement ...
    Mr. Steele ... go get a life ...

    May 20, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. FactCheck

    Let me guess, Didier (a backup tight end for the Redskins) can get her a better paying gig. The money leads and Sarah is sure to follow.

    May 20, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. Joe in WA

    Do people really base their vote upon who Sarah Palin endorses? If so, maybe they ought to have their voting privileges revoked. This really is a moot point, Didier has no shot of unseating Patty Murray. I've lived in Washington my entire life and I could never see our state (at least Western Washington) electing a Tea Party candidate for any political office. The Eastern part of the state is another matter, but fortunately it only represents ~20% of the population.

    May 20, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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