Sarah Palin endorses Carly Fiorina for Senate
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorsed former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in California on Thursday, a potentially key endorsement in an election that could hinge in part on the candidates’ conservative and outside-the-beltway credentials.
Fiorina is battling formerU.S. Representative Tom Campbell and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in a tight race to challenge Senator Barbara Boxer, a liberal Democrat who is considered vulnerable in a year when incumbents are proving unpopular with voters.
Palin has become an icon of the Republican party’s right wing and Tea Party activists and her endorsement of Fiorina must be especially painful for DeVore, who had courted members of that movement and paints himself as having the support of true grass-roots conservatives.
“Carly is the Commonsense Conservative that California needs and our country sure could use in these trying times,” Palin said in a written statement. “ She’s not a career politician. She’s a businesswoman who has run a major corporation. She knows how to really incentivize job creation. Her fiscal conservatism is rooted in real life experience.
Palin also took a shot at Campbell, who has held a slight lead over Fiorina in the polls, saying: “I support Carly as she fights through a tough primary against a liberal member of the GOP who seems to bear almost no difference to Boxer, one of the most leftwing members of the Senate.”
For her part Fiorina pronounced herself honored to have Palin’s support, saying that “she, too is a political outsider and a strong fiscal conservative.”
(Sarah Palin photo by Lucas Jackson/ Reuters)
Carly Fiorina photo by Bryan Snyder/Reuters)