Framing the potential Senate contest as the “The Clown vs. The Mama Grizzly,” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Minnesota State Senator Julianne Ortman Thursday in her bid to get the GOP nomination and unseat Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). The primary is August 14.
Palin slammed the former Saturday Night Live comedian’s record in the Senate as a “joke” and, riffing off of Franken’s Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot book, called Franken just a “Big Fat Liberal” who voted with Obama 100% of the time:
Al Franken’s career has been a joke; we all know this. The biggest joke of all though is not funny at all because the American people are the punch line. This joke? The fact that Franken has voted 100% (!) of the time with Barack Obama. This just proves what we already knew – Al Franken is a Big Fat Liberal.
“Minnesotans are known for their rugged independence. Adherence to any establishment is frowned upon in the state that has ‘gone rogue’ in many recent elections,” Palin said of the state that has a history of electing anti-establishment candidates. “The only way to beat Al Franken is with a public servant from the people, not from the establishment in Washington, and Julianne Ortman is just that public servant.”
Palin spoke glowingly of Ortman’s legal practice and record in the state Senate:
Julianne and her husband Ray ran a successful legal practice from their home so they could raise their four young kids. Their law practice specialized in fighting on behalf of small businesses; so, Julianne knows first hand the burden our federal government places on hard-working Americans. As a state senator, Julianne is a conservative champion. She was the first woman to ever head the Senate Tax Committee where she led the effort to balance a $5 billion deficit without raising taxes by a single dollar. Julianne is a fighter for life and for our Second Amendment rights. She is running a grassroots campaign against a well-funded favorite of the Washington GOP establishment whose policy record is a blank slate.
“Let’s give voters a contrast this fall: a clown vs. a Mama Grizzly, an Obama 100 Percenter vs. a Blue Star Mom, a talker vs. a doer, and a liberal Obama rubber stamp legislator vs. a proven conservative fighter,” she said. “Let’s make this proven conservative the one to take the fight to Al Franken this fall and make him the punch line. Julianne Ortman is the choice. She is good enough, she is smart enough, and doggone it, people like her!”
Palin, whose endorsement has the most impact in GOP primaries, asked supporters to learn more about Ortman at www.julianne.mn.
Palin has been rolling out “Mama Grizzlies” endorsements this week. She endorsed Joni Ernst in Iowa for U.S. Senate and Lizbeth Benacquisto for a House seat from Florida’s 19th congressional district. She endorsed Karen Handel in Georgia on Thursday before announcing her support for Ortman.