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GOP candidate makes fishy claim of Palin support

On Thursday, GOP strategist Mark McKinnon penned a column for the Daily Beast arguing that Sarah Palin was helping to identify "mama grizzly" female candidates who could win in November. Only three of the 11 women mentioned in his piece -- Susanna Martinez, Nikki Haley, and Carly Fiorina -- were actually endorsed by Palin. But headline writers wrote that McKinnon was surveying Palin's "11 top prospects," and there the trouble begins. The article provided enough grist for one of McKinnon's picks, CA-11 candidate Elizabeth Emken, to create a fundraising pitch and image implying that she'd won a coveted Palin endorsement. This is on her Web site:


And below the fold is an e-mail Emken's campaign sent out under the subject "Sarah Palin's picks," which informs supporters that she's "one of Sarah Palin's top 11 prospects." Evidence of just how valuable the Palin brand is to Republicans, even if it didn't help Vaughn Ward this week.

Dear Friend,

In case you missed it, I wanted to make sure you saw that The Daily Beast's Mark McKinnon wrote this morning that I'm one of Sarah Palin's top 11 prospects for the 2010 electoral cycle. It's quite an honor to be on the list along with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, senate candidate Carly Fiorina, and GOP Congresswoman Mary Falin. Here's what McKinnon says as to why I'm one of the top 11 GOP women to watch:

"On the radar for GOP Young Guns, Emken spent the last 13 years in the halls of Congress as a mom and leader of the nation's largest science and advocacy organization devoted to the public health emergency of autism." You can read the full article here.

In these last few months running up to our June 8th primary, national Republican leaders and, more importantly, the voters of the 11th District have begun to take notice. They all believe I'm the right candidate to succeed in November and return this seat to the people. Take a minute to read about all the coverage our race is getting. With your help, we'll be able to win 12 days from now and get on track to regain the House of Representatives.



By David Weigel  |  May 28, 2010; 4:04 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Sarah Palin  
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