On Saturday, former Alaska Gov. and “Mama Grizzly” Sarah Palin held an alligator and served gator meat with “Alligator Hunter” Col. Rob Maness, the conservative Louisiana Senate candidate.
According to the Times-Picayune, Palin and Maness had an event “at Restaurant des Familles in Crown Point” and “Maness surprised the former Alaska governor with a three-foot gator” after her speech (see Shealah Craighead photo). Perhaps they will go duck hunting next, as Palin reportedly said that the Duck Dynasty crew had “nice things to say” about Maness when they visited her in Alaska.
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Palin reportedly said that Maness “knows the issues and what Washington, D.C., does to a state like Louisiana” and told attendees that “We need a fighter in D.C. that doesn’t just go with the flow.”
Maness is in third place in Louisiana’s jungle primary against incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Rep. Bill Cassidy, the moderate establishment Republican who is leading in the polls and may have trouble against Landrieu in a one-on-one matchup. But a recent poll showed that Maness is within an eight-point swing of overtaking Cassidy. If nobody gets more than 50% of the vote in November, the top two will square off in a December runoff that may decide control of the U.S. Senate.
Palin has previously hailed Maness, as Breitbart News reported, for “opposing amnesty, pledging to protect our Second Amendment rights, and promising to defund Obamacare.” And she has ripped Cassidy opposing Ronald Reagan in the past and for actually being “a supporter of Mary Landrieu until recent years.” Others have noted that Landrieu always beats candidates like Cassidy who are unable to draw sharp contrasts in a one-on-one matchup.
Photo: Shealah Craighead