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.
February 1, 2010; 4:09 PM ET
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