June 2nd, 2010
04:02 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin backs Murkowski opponent in Alaska

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/02/art.palin.flag.jpg caption="Sarah Palin endorsed Joe Miller in the Alaskan Republican Senate contest."]

(CNN) - In 2008, during her brief time as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin teamed up with a Fairbanks Republican activist named Joe Miller in an unsuccessful effort to oust Alaska GOP Chairman Randy Ruedrich.

Two years later, Palin is backing Miller's campaign to take down a bigger target: Sen. Lisa Murkoswki.

Palin endorsed Miller's Senate candidacy on her Facebook page Wednesday with the proclamation: "Contested primaries are so good for America's political process!"

"I share Joe's belief that we are at a critical time in our nation's history and the status quo will no longer do," Palin wrote. "Unfortunately, Lisa Murkowski and much of the political establishment have recently evolved into being a bigger part of the big government problem in Washington, and they've strayed from the principles upon which they had espoused."

The endorsement had been rumored for weeks, after Todd Palin appeared at a Wasilla fundraiser with Miller in May.

Though Palin claimed in her missive that there is no "feud or bad blood" between herself and Murkoswki, their differences have been well-documented.

Palin captured the governorship in 2006 after defeating then-Gov. Frank Murkowski, Lisa's father, in that year's Republican primary. And when Palin quit as governor last summer, Murkowski said she was "deeply disappointed" and accused Palin of abandoning the state.

Palin's move was followed by rumors that she might challenge Murkowski for her Senate seat, but that chatter abated after Palin's political action committee donated to Murkowski's re-election bid. But in her Facebook post Wednesday, Palin wrote that the donation did not constitute an endorsement.

She questioned Murkowski's commitment to opposing President Obama's agenda and said it's time for a "bold reformer" like Miller, an attorney and former judge. Miller spoke at an Anchorage Tea Party event last September and claimed that Obama wants to turn the country into a "bastion of socialism."

The Republican primary is set for August 24.

Filed under: Alaska • Sarah Palin
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. jeff jackson, alabama

    What this article doesn't tell you is that
    Lisa's father appointed her as senator
    from Alaska and Palin lead a charge later
    that ended with a new law in Alaska that
    a senator in Alaska could only be replaced
    with a special election.

    June 2, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Duck Fallas

    Levi is a misunderstood genius.

    June 2, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Jeff in Virginia

    This just in: Political Producer Peter Hamby back's Palin.

    The slant here couldn't be more obvious.

    June 2, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Kodiak Dan

    Maybe when Murkowski defeats Miller, we'll see just how little influence Sarah "Bailin Out" Palin actually has, even in her own state.

    June 2, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Connie Chamberlin

    "...on which they had espoused?"

    June 2, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. mms55

    i don't think lisa has a thing to worry about,no one in alaska would vote for anyone this air head backed.

    June 2, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Luke Brown

    Makes me think more of Murkowski.

    June 2, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. mdn

    This from the woman who TODAY tweeted that we should be drilling for oil in ANWR. She appears unconcerned about the risk to the environment in the setting of the BP oil disaster. Her endorsements so far have played like a kiss of death.

    Dumb, Dumber....Dumberer

    June 2, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. $50


    Congratulations JOE MILLER! Your todays winner of 'I'M WITH STUPID!'

    Brought to you by the REPUBLICAN PARTY! "We're doing away with the middleman and bringing Americas' black gold straight to a beach near you!" And by, The TEA PARTY! "How's about some Texas Tea with them oysters?""

    June 2, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Shucks

    Oh well, another tea bagger endorsement. I truly hope that Americans and Alaskans in particular know that the tea party in a general election spells doom for a candidate. Especially after an endorsement from Palin.

    June 2, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Russ

    Sarah, get serious, no one cares about your facebook page. That is the most infantile forum to rale about your political crap. Nobody takes facebook posts seriously. Obviously you're not serious about politics anymore. And poor Joe Miller, another Palin endorsement, another loser.

    June 2, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    The Alaskan IDIOT is at it again

    June 2, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. annie s

    "they've strayed from the principles upon which they had espoused" . Huh. Good sentence structure, Sarah. Didn't they teach you anything in those 6 colleges?

    June 2, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. chad

    born and raised in alaska. i live in seattle now and love it.
    in my experience there is no such thing as an honest politician in high office in that state. on top of that, the citizens are bought and paid for by the oil companys and the state that kick down $2000 to each resident. only in alaska can republicans practice socialisim.

    June 2, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. nathan

    Dear Sara,

    We hate you.


    Americans w/ college degrees 🙂

    June 2, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Jim In Miami

    Sarah's endorsement has proved to be the 'kiss of death' from NY23 through yesterday's Angela McGlowan loss in Mississippi

    June 2, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Pam

    That's funny CNN"during her breif time as governor"

    June 2, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. RuthAnne

    Sarah Palin. People in the US are sick and tired of hearing from her, seeing her face in the news. S-i-ck and t-i-r-e-d! She's become like the crazy aunt or uncle that is always there uninvited and unwanted. Yet the media swarm around her like stink around scat. Anything to make a buck both for the media and for her.

    June 2, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Folks- I see Palin as a hate-filled, reactionary, taunting, bully.

    Can you imagine her ever working WITH anyone else? A state, or maybe another country come to mind.

    The people she endorses reflect her waqy of thinking. "Buyer Beware"

    June 2, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. susan

    "they've strayed from the principles upon which they had espoused." Huh? I doubt that Palin can even spell espoused, let alone define it, but whoever wrote this for her did a great job of Palinese.
    Why do we care who she supports? They will lose.

    June 2, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. A Not So Stupid American

    She moonlights as Governor for 2 years and all of a sudden thinks she should be picking Alaska's Senator to the United States Congress.

    Could you imagine this woman picking Supreme Court justices??? That's what McCain was setting us up for. I thank God, he didn't want this woman anywhere near the Whitehouse.

    June 2, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. oklahoma

    Palin you're God sent the best gift the democrats could have ever received but remember what kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.

    June 2, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. J.T.

    WHO CARES????????????????? Can this woman just go back under her igloo that she came from? Or, just stick her fat head in that oil leak.

    June 2, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Robert

    Okay, the former partial-term governor of Alaska and current political gadfly has spoken. Let's hope intelligent Republican voters in Alaska (assuming there are some) will ignore her and make up their own minds about who to support.

    June 2, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    Once again the retarded bimbo endorses somebody who is NOW going to lose.
    CNN thanks for letting me sound off on a daily basis about this imbecile. It keeps me from having road rage on the way home or worse if I can get my two cents worth about this insignificant knat.

    June 2, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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