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. NVa Native

    Finally an issue that the screaching Palin could actually have a rellevent opinion on. Not that the rest of the country needs to hear about this or any other fleeting thought jiggling around in her skull.

    June 2, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. AndyBlue

    If Palin is endorsing them then something is wrong with the candidate. Probably another religious loon.

    I wouldnt vote for anyone who received the Palin kiss of death.

    She only encourages the easily manipulated. Why would anyone admit to being part of that ignorant group?

    June 2, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Now Sarah is shoveling her uneducated, unemployed husband Todd down people's throat. Can you just see these two idiots in a debate with anyone, what a joke. This is truly an example of the dumbing of America. Todd Palin is like taking a fish out of water and expecting it to swim on land. LOL

    June 2, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Victim of GOP Taliban

    More evidence that Palin can't handle the truth...even her own state party's senator bashed her.

    June 2, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. jon

    Someone should tell Rush and Beck that she's trying to play king maker again. Don't know if the extremists will approve.

    June 2, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Mary Ann

    Please,stop writing anything about this crazy,evil woman and maybe then,she will slither back uner a rock.

    June 2, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Michael

    Ignorance and vapid babble are SO good for America's political process!

    June 2, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Honest abe

    I never saw so many jealous maniacs in one country.
    Well, actually alot of you are foreigners trying to weigh
    in on politics in a real country with real laws.
    But back to the point. She is a beautiful lady with a
    record of fighting corruption and it seems that a whole
    bunch of people with sexual preference problems
    hate her guts. There is no way this many legit people
    could hate one person so much. I think a large group
    of you have a Palin watch on this sight. When you see
    an article on her you baffoons mobilize like mice and

    June 2, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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