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Palin endorses Paul in Kentucky

By Ben Pershing
UPDATE 4:45 PM: Looks like the answer to this question is yes -- Sarah Palin has endorsed Rand Paul in the Kentucky Senate GOP primary. Her spokeswoman just sent over this statement from the former Alaska governor: "I'm proud to support great grassroots candidates like Dr. Paul. While there are issues we disagree on, he and I are both in agreement that it's time to shake up the status quo in Washington and stand up for common sense ideas."

ORIGINAL POST: Is Sarah Palin wading into the contested Senate Republican primary in Kentucky?

"National political icon and conservative leader Sarah Palin has endorsed Dr. Rand Paul in his bid for United States Senate from Kentucky, reads a press release issued Monday by Paul's campaign, adding that his bid "has received a generous donation from Governor Palin's PAC."

Rand Paul -- the son of Libertarian icon and 2008 presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) -- is battling Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson for the GOP nomination to succeed retiring Sen. Jim Bunning. Grayson has the support of much of the party establishment, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, but Paul has been able to cultivate grassroots support sufficient to make him competitive in fundraising and in publicly-released polls.

An endorsement of Paul by Palin -- in addition to creating a Google frenzy -- would surely provide the Senate hopeful with another fundraising boost. But is it true? Does the donation mean she is solidly behind his bid?

"My understanding is the check is considered to be an endorsement," Paul said in a phone interview Monday, explaining that Palin's political action committee, Sarah PAC, gave $2,000 to Paul's campaign in recent days.

Paul added that he had not spoken to Palin directly but that his aides had talked to her representatives, who conveyed her support for his campaign. Paul said those conversations would continue and that he hoped she would visit Kentucky at some point to do an event for him.

"We would love to have her," Paul said.

Palin's spokeswoman had not responded to a request for comment as of this posting, and Palin's Facebook page -- where she frequently makes public statements -- contained no mention of Paul.

According to Federal Election Commission records, Sarah PAC gave $45,500 to federal candidates and committees in 2009, including Republican Senate hopefuls in Missouri and Ohio as well as several GOP incumbents.

By Ben Pershing  |  February 1, 2010; 4:09 PM ET
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Comments

The Palin Derangement Syndrome continues with many of these posts! PAC's have limits as to how much they can donate. her endorsement alone is worth more than any dollar amount she can give. Her PAC is being consistent with the law. Some of you posting here are obvious Trolls! Way to go Sarah!

Posted by: TopJ2010 | February 2, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

gatshanson1 is right. Rand will win easily in November. It is getting increasingly difficult for a Democrat to win statewide office in Kentucky.

Wake up people. The Republicratic machine in DC is driving this country right off a cliff. We need more people in congress like Rand and Ron and Peter Schiff (in CT) who will work to avoid the catastrophe which is fast approaching.

Posted by: pmilatty | February 2, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

$2000 for Paul's run. Her PAC is worth $2 million plus.

Go to the FEC and see her PAC's self report at http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00458588/449901/sb/ALL.

It lists $45,000 in contributions to political campaigns. $19,000 in contributions to political organizations. There are $900,000 in expenses related to the PAC. The big items are office expenses, consulting, jet rental, book purchases, fundraising costs, staff, and her legal expenses.

By percentage, the PAC has spend 5% on supporting conservative candidacies, less than 1 percent on other contributions and 94% on itself.

HER WEBSITES SAYS THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE PAC IS TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS, CHARITABLE CAUSES, AND THOSE WHO SHARE THE SAME PRINCIPLES AS SARAH.

NOT SO MUCH. The sad facts.

Posted by: trekker50 | February 1, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Checking Mr. Paul's Website, and looking at his previous political pronouncements one discovers the following about Mr.Paul.

a) He is his father's son. Republican in name, constitutional libertarian in philosophy.

b) He has not held elected office.

c) He believes that military action overseas that is sustained and requires significant resources must be ratified by a formal Declaration of War by the U.S. Congress. For this reason, he was opposed to the War in Iraq, to the War in Afghanistan and to action in Yemen.

d) He is opposed the Patriot Act as overly invasive in citizens lives.

e) He is opposed to the Federal Reserve and would not have endorsed the bailout of the Securities and Investment, and Banking relief/bailout acts.

f) He supports significant smaller governments and balanced budgets, but he does provide explicit cuts in the budget that he would make. He does advocate the complete elimination of earmarks and a requirement that bills be limited to spending only on the subject of the legislation.

g) He favors term limits for all politicians. He has spoken of three terms for members of the House, and two for members of the Senate.

h) He is pro life.

i) He is opposed to gun controls on the federal level.

So like his father, Rand has some strong points in his appeal to the GOP (Pro Life, No Gun Control). But, both father and son have spoken of the dangers posed by industries and investment corporations whose livelihood depends on a large military. Not a GOP position. No Patriot Act? Not GOP. His positions on the Fed, big business relief and no earmarks would not be popular with almost any member of the Congress, especially the GOP. Term limits? What other member of the House or Senate thinks this is a good idea.

There is a reason why Ron Paul did not have the endorsement of his own party in his run for the presidency. Paul is not really a Republican. That is true of Rand.

So Sarah has backed a non-Republican That may have been her plan, but it will not make her beloved by the Party. Paul's opponent, Trey Grayson, has the backing of a large number of GOP leaders in the state. He is not a great candidate, but he is an office holder and fits the GOP groove better.

Sarah, being mavericky again.

Posted by: trekker50 | February 1, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Again I see the usual Palin critics here.Politicians do need to hear that sceptical language,its healthy.However answers to it should also be written.Political action pacs have a donation limit to political candidates.I believe its $2500 or $5000.So $2000 is in line with the law & if its $5000 almost half the limit.Her endorsement is what matters.People will send him more.As far as that ridiculous quitter statement.If governing a state was bankrupting you because of bogus ethics complaints,would you keep governing?Every complaint was tossed out,for things like wearing a logo on her coat.I thought unethical was 90,000 stashed in your fridge.Or perhaps not declaring rental units and vacation property in your tax return.(2 democrats come to mind,one still is serving,the others in jail)Your she quit arguments wearing thin as people find out the real reasons she did.According to some people only the rich who can afford lawyers to defend against nonsense should govern states.I applaud her decision to step aside.She not only avoided millions more in cost to her and her state.She stepped in and helped fight the destructive democrat agenda.So keep spewing your talking points.Just remember people are paying attention to her now more than ever.

Posted by: RandyR1 | February 1, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a resident of Alaska, right? Should people endorse some one they can't vote for.

Posted by: Emmetrope | February 1, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin sent a contribution. I do believe that you can send money to ANY candidate in ANY state...

As far as endorsement, I could endorse anyone I want on my Facebook page as a private citizen so why can't Gov. Palin?

Are you trying to shut down free speech????

Posted by: Silverbelle1008 | February 1, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

First of all, I'm a paleoconservative and I think Sarah Palin is an AIPAC bu** kissing neocon airhead who will who*e herself out to the political establishment if it will increase her popularity. I guess it will escape some people that she's campaigning for John McCain too. The difference between Rand Paul and John McCain is like night and day and yet here we have her supporting both candidates. Rand Paul should run from this endorsement because it can only hurt him in his election bid which is probably why she publicly endorses him. It looks like the elite are setting the sheep up again for another fake conservative to run for the White House.

Posted by: rdcooper101 | February 1, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Out of the millions of dollars Sarah's sheep have been sending her, Sarah Palin only gave Rand Paul $2,000? WOW!!!! He can do SO MUCH with that money. . . .

I wonder how much of the PAC money Sarah Palin has been spending on her family's personal expenses and expensive un-needed stuff, and calling it valid expenses--just like she did in Alaska.

It's rather frightening that Sarah Palin, the political 'outsider', the political job-quitter is someone whose opinion is important to other potential political candidates. I guess some people just need someone, anyone to follow, to tell them what to do, what to think. Kind of like a cult leader.

Posted by: momof20yo | February 1, 2010 7:36 PM
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I live just outside of Wasilla and had the opportunity of talking with Bristol last summer at a dog rescue/adoption clinic and she was driving a Big Black Escalade with the fancy rims and blacked out windows. She is no Bo Peep. People are caught up in an image that is not so real, believe me, they did not grow up on Moose-a-Roni, or fish because they have to fish. They are typical of the people that move up here to this paradise to extract wealth and live within a mile of Taco Bell (which she does). I qualify myself as growing up here, but went to Maryland and worked in D.C. for 20 years before returning. Shooting animals is entertainment for these types though, they are not taking pictures and attempting to conserve this last diamond in the rough. And they are also using the lifestyle for politics which is the lowest of the low as far as I'm concerned. Alaska IS a resource extraction Colony, and the sooner these folks get their money out and leave the better.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | February 1, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Out of the millions of dollars Sarah's sheep have been sending her, Sarah Palin only gave Rand Paul $2,000? WOW!!!! He can do SO MUCH with that money. . . .

I wonder how much of the PAC money Sarah Palin has been spending on her family's personal expenses and expensive un-needed stuff, and calling it valid expenses--just like she did in Alaska.

It's rather frightening that Sarah Palin, the political 'outsider', the political job-quitter is someone whose opinion is important to other potential political candidates. I guess some people just need someone, anyone to follow, to tell them what to do, what to think. Kind of like a cult leader.

Posted by: momof20yo | February 1, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

The candidate that wins the Senate seat in Kentucky will be decided by the total of votes that they garner from the voters not the number of endorsements or by how much money they show that they can raise.

Posted by: JWKingsley | February 1, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

If Rand Paul wins the Republican primary and ultimately gets elected, would Sarah Palin support his decision if he chose to quit the Senate halfway into his term?

Posted by: MillPond2 | February 1, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

go for it sarah.this will wrap the dems/pubs panty hose around the axle.

Posted by: pofinpa | February 1, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a resident of Alaska, right? Should people endorse some one they can't vote for.

Posted by: Emmetrope | February 1, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul will easily defeat his gop rivals in the primary, and will easily win election in Nov, latest polls show him leading by double digits in both elections.

Posted by: gatshanson1 | February 1, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, good news for the Dems - this is gonna be a bruising primary.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | February 1, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Its about time Palin spent more time and money on political endorsement than on her own memoir.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 1, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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