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She beat the father -- now she's taking on the daughter. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin bet against incumbent Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski Wednesday, endorsing a challenger, Joe Miller, in Alaska's GOP Senate primary in August.
On her Facebook page, Palin said Miller, a Fairbanks lawyer, "is a true Commonsense Constitutional Conservative, and we're thankful he and his family are willing to offer us a choice in Alaskan leadership," the Associated Press said.
Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, has been active this year in picking and choosing candidates in mid-term campaigns for the U.S. House and Senate. But she has a history back home with the Murkowski family. In 2006, Palin defeated Lisa's father, then-Gov. Frank Murkowski, when he ran for re-election in the Republican gubernatorial primary.
Lisa Murkowski, a lawyer in her second term, was majority leader of the Alaska House of Representatives in 2002 when she was appointed by newly elected Gov, Murkowski to fill out the two remaining years in his Senate term. The appointment was controversial, but Murkowski won a full six-year term on her own in 2004. In the Senate, she is regarded as a moderate-conservative and sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee and the Energy and Natural Resources panel.
Unlike Palin, she is a native Alaskan, born in Ketchikan in 1957. But apparently, Murkowski is no "mama grizzly" -- Palin's description of conservative female candidates that she endorses.
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