Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin this evening endorsed former talk radio host Martha Zoller, who has been positioning herself as a tea party favorite in the GOP race for the new 9th Congressional District.
The endorsement is an effective comeback for Zoller. Only last week, her chief rival, state Rep. Doug Collins, had been flashing his endorsement by former U.S. senator and Gov. Zell Miller.
Says Palin, as reported by the Zoller campaign:
“If you agree that it’s time our elected officials stopped talking at us and started listening to us, then I hope you will join me in supporting Martha Zoller….
“Martha is running against the establishment, which, as we know, is an uphill battle; but with all of our support she can win. In Congress, she’ll vote to cut spending, lower taxes, and repeal Obamacare. In addition to being pro-life and a firm defender of our Constitution, including our Second Amendment rights, Martha is a strong fiscal conservative….”
Zoller says she began seeking Palin’s support earlier this year, and declared herself “thrilled to have the strong support of Governor Palin.” Says Zoller:
“Together, we will fight to put this country back on the right track and ensure prosperity and opportunity for many generations to come.”
The last prominent endorsement by Palin in a Georgia race came two years ago, when she endorsed Karen Handel in the Republican race for governor. Handel was defeated by Nathan Deal. Collins, it should be noted, recently served as one of Governor Deal’s floor leaders in the House.
We’re told that Palin isn’t expected to make a personal appearance in Georgia between now and the July 31 vote. Should the race move into a runoff, however, all bets are off.
The reaction from Collins campaign strategist Chip Lake:
“While we admire and respect Governor Palin, Martha’s liberal talk threatens our conservative values.. Whether it’s her pro-abortion, pro-civil unions or other liberal views, Martha Zoller would be wrong in Congress.
“Better to have a true Georgia conservative like Doug Collins. The endorsements he’s received from [former] Gov. Zell Miller, [House] Speaker Ralston and the NRA, along with the faith shown in him by Governor Deal show he shares the values of people who know and love North Georgia the most.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider