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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.
Sarah Palin and Sen. Lisa Murkowski
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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PAPI HERE

That Lisa Morosky needs to go. How Alaskans tolerate nepotism??? is beyond me. Sarah Palin is giving herself the name of barracuda against corrupt establishment.

June 04 2010 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joydbrower

It remains to be seen whether or not Miller can beat Murkowski in the Alaska GOP primary race, but it sure will make it interesting! Apparently, relations between Palin & the Senator have been cordial, but reading Miller's bona fides has convinced me that he's the stronger candidate. However, Murkowski IS the incumbent, so Palin, Miller & the Tea Party Express can only hope that anti-incumbency feelings will carry the day in this contest!

June 04 2010 at 1:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

Sarah Palin would probably back Jim Greer for Inmate of the Year.

June 03 2010 at 11:17 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
glers

why is she relevant, she is a fox news personality and an ex governor who did an awful job and did even a worse job as mayor of a town on 3500 people

June 03 2010 at 11:11 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
beemerboxer

Any endorsement by Palin amounts to one for the extremists and bears little credibility from a person who quit her governorship to pursue an ambitious agenda of amassing personal wealth. If ever the GOP needed a modicum of moderation and sanity, it is right now!

June 03 2010 at 9:21 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
gdcormany

congratulations Lisa!

June 02 2010 at 10:20 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
proudconservtive

I will vote conservative, regardless of candidate.

June 02 2010 at 7:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Richard Havron

Voting in lockstep is the first step towards marching in lockstep. Next year we'll bring back the 1935 Purity Test. That's progress in today's Conservative Party. I'll vote for the best candidate...like we were taught in grade school.

June 02 2010 at 7:50 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
appleholic

LOL.. now that has to be an endorsement that carries weight. Nothing like sabotaging your own campaign.

June 02 2010 at 7:41 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
christierandall

You people who keep saying vote all incumbents out and bring in new blood are not really thinking that through are you? Would any company or corp. fire everyone and hire all new people to run it? NO ...You need the expericenced ones
in there...research each and every Senator and Rep and weed out the few that are not doing their job OR are not voting with the people/country at heart...
If you think they have an easy job then run for office yourselves and just see what it is like to live in a glass house.

June 02 2010 at 7:10 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
christierandall

I seriously doubt that it helps anyone who Palin endorses..

Obama will be re-elected in 2012...there isn't anyone on the right that the majority would trust...
by the way has anyone hired her daughter to speak yet at $35,000 a pop to talk
about abstinance? What happened to Bristols marketing firm she supposed was going to start? I guarantee you that when her popularity with the right start to fade....she will cause some controversy to get back in the news...she needs
to keep the right for support.

June 02 2010 at 7:03 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

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