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Palin bucks the tea parties, endorses Carly Fiorina

Way back in November, right after announcing her bid for the U.S. Senate in California, Republican candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina told conservatives in Washington that she "shared Sarah Palin's values." Today, Palin returns the favor.

Carly is the Commonsense Conservative that California needs and our country could sure use in these trying times. Most importantly, she’s running for the right reasons. She has an understanding that is sorely lacking in D.C. 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. She knows that when government grows, the private sector shrinks under the burden of debt and deficits. We can trust Carly to do the right thing for America’s economy and to make the principled decisions she has throughout her professional career.

Fiorina, who's struggled a bit to regain front-runner status in the primary race since former congressman Tom Campbell entered it, has collected endorsement after endorsement from national conservative groups -- especially anti-abortion rights groups. The most conservative candidate in the race, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, has been endorsed by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and the Tea Party Express, so there you go if you're looking for a story of "tea party infighting."

UPDATE: DeVore spokesman Joshua Trevino reacts:

Sarah Palin's endorsement brings with it tremendous media attention, but not necessarily votes. Conservative activists in California know and like Chuck DeVore -- and that's our bottom line.

I think the best I can do is point you toward the responses from the conservative base on Palin's Facebook page, and on Twitter: there's a lot of them respectfully but firmly telling the former Governor that she's been misled here. And they're right.

By David Weigel  |  May 6, 2010; 2:42 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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