Palin endorses Ortman as GOP pick for U.S. Senate race

Tom Scheck / MPR News

WASHINGTON – Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, has endorsed state Sen. Julianne Ortman’s bid to become the Republican standard-bearer to challenge incumbent DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken this November.

Palin, whose political influence has waned even as she remains beloved by grassroots conservatives, made the announcement via her Facebook page.

Referring to Franken’s previous career as an actor and comedian on Saturday Night Live, Palin wrote, “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.”

Ortman of Chanhassen is among several Republican hopefuls vying to take on Franken. Businessman Mike McFadden has assembled the best-funded and largest-staffed GOP campaign so far, raising nearly $1.5 million as of Dec. 31. Other Republican candidates include state Rep. Jim Abeler, St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg and bison farmer Monti Moreno.

Palin has been endorsing a series of U.S. Senate candidates over the past few days but it’s not clear what impact her endorsement will have in Minnesota or in other races. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, SarahPAC, Palin’s political action committee, has raised nearly $1.2 million this campaign cycle, a relative drop in the bucket in an era when spending on Senate races can routinely exceed $20 million.

But the flood of attention from Palin’s four million Facebook followers could prove a financial boost to Ortman who has lagged in the money race, raising just $237,000 as of her last report to the Federal Election Commission. The Minnesota GOP’s convention that will decide the party’s endorsement for the Senate race is May 30-31 and Ortman has said she will abide by the party’s endorsement. McFadden has not and is expected to run in the primary election in August.

Here’s an image from Palin’s Facebook post:

Sarah Palin - Timeline Photos | Facebook

  • Joe

    Somehow this makes me less inclined to vote for Ortman should she get the nomination

    • Pearly

      Yeah, women are the worst

      • Joe

        Nah, just Sarah Palin, I don’t really know much about Julianne Ortman but I think she would make a good challenger for Franken if she were to get the nomination

      • billybilly

        Pearly, we know who the clown is in this whole affair. Palin has proven that over and over, with her speech and actions. As others have said….I would seriously think about voting against Ortman with an endorsement from Palin.

  • Eioljg

    Well, we can’t do anything about whom Palin endorses, but if it looks like Ortman considers Palin’s opinion highly, then that would make me not vote for Ortman.

  • MeecheMill

    I will vote for anyone Sarah Palin endorses! She is brilliant and must know that Ortman is the one to defeat Franken!

  • Paul Reyburn

    Kiss of death for Ortman.

  • Joe

    It will be interesting to see if this can boost her fundraising efforts. I wonder if Ortman and McFadden will attack each other with really boring and inaccurate ads with their funds or save it for the Franken machine. I wonder what Ortman’s stance is on campaign finance and the Citizens United ruling

  • Emery

    In the image above, it appears that Ms. Ortman is flipping Ms. Palin the bird.