Sarah Palin endorses Martha Zoller in 9th District race

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

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74 comments Add your comment

Kris

July 24th, 2012
8:28 pm

Jim, you scraping the bottom of the news barrel!

If its a question on the Ballot VOTE NO!

Michael #1

July 24th, 2012
8:39 pm

Now I have to vote for Collins!

Former Tea Partier

July 24th, 2012
8:45 pm

If Zoller wants the endorsement of reality TV stars, maybe Charlie Sheen and Snookie might endorse too?

savdavis

July 24th, 2012
8:47 pm

Sarah Palin,,,,do people really still listen to her babble

Norris T

July 24th, 2012
8:52 pm

Poor Martha.

Heavyhitter

July 24th, 2012
8:52 pm

So, who really cares except Martha? Palin’s endorsement is worthless unless you are a Georgia voter.

Jimbo

July 24th, 2012
8:53 pm

Martha is Sarah’s type. She always goes with the chick.

curious

July 24th, 2012
9:02 pm

A vote for Mouth, I mean Martha, is a vote for TV drama. Switch channels. Surely, there’s someone better.

richie

July 24th, 2012
9:08 pm

vote for the woman us men are a bunch of jerks,and you all know it.

double

July 24th, 2012
9:15 pm

You can always follow the leader,and get more of what you’ve got.

marsh

July 24th, 2012
9:39 pm

stupid is as stupid endorses.

MB

July 24th, 2012
9:43 pm

Clearly Mr. Lake needs to either better understand their competition or they need to stop spreading lies. Martha is the only true conservative running and is pro-life, pro-gun and supports limited government.

The Kid

July 24th, 2012
9:49 pm

Jim Galloway;… isn’t there more to your life? I mean really;… Sarah Palin? You are actually paid to write and you can only come up with this. ‘Sarah Palin! I mean ‘really’, Sarah Palin!

hiram

July 24th, 2012
9:58 pm

Jay Leno’s “Jay Walking” segment has given me a lot of insight into the type of person who would actually walk across the street to see Palin. He interviews college seniors who don’t recognize a photo of the vice president, or the president for that matter. I honestly believe that the majority of Georgia’s voters are on a par with the people who make the cut for that segment – I’m surprised they can find their way home at night. How did this state achieve this? Is it our schools, religion – how can we keep electing flakes and documented crooks to political office?

M

July 24th, 2012
9:59 pm

Just what GA needs. Another district with another idiotic Republican representative. Doesn’t matter who wins, I am certain the winner will vote against anything sane and be an embassrassment to the state.

Scott Williams

July 24th, 2012
10:01 pm

Doug is the best person in the race and a true conservative. Palin comes down one day and thinks she knows it all so endorses Martha-Big Deal. Doug is a true Patriot and is a combat vet. The only combat Martha has seen has been at the movies.

B. Thenet

July 24th, 2012
10:02 pm

Dimwitted loudmouth endorses dimwitted loudmouth,not all that surprising.

George

July 24th, 2012
10:09 pm

Who gives a dam please report some real news.

Harris Young

July 24th, 2012
10:09 pm

Who cares what that bilious sow Palin thinks or says? Only halfwits and lowbrows pay any attention coming from that clan of garbage bin people.

l jones

July 24th, 2012
10:26 pm

Never heard of Martha Zoller, but I guess this officially makes her a nut.

l jones

July 24th, 2012
10:28 pm

Zell has endorse Doug Collins? I guess that officially makes Doug Collins a nut.

Trevor

July 24th, 2012
10:28 pm

Get out of my state politics Palin. Who cares what you have to say or who you endorse. Go back to the talk show circuit and PLEASE take Martha with you. By the way….what is a “firebrand” anyway?

Trevor

July 24th, 2012
10:34 pm

“firebrand”= a piece of burning wood…..a person with a penchant for militancy in speech or action….yep..that sums her up. Surprising there isn’t an entry for “it’s all about me” or how “I can broadcast a show directly from the Capitol”.

Angel Macaroni

July 24th, 2012
10:37 pm

An endorsement by the NRA means a lot more to the ‘gun nut’ crowd in GA than an endorsement by a
has-been celebrity.

Ronin

July 24th, 2012
10:53 pm

These people are all the same. Be it Republican or Democrats, they want to all form a group to spend your tax dollars, makes them feel good. Frankly, having just returned from a holiday in Montana, less government is better.

Northga

July 24th, 2012
11:10 pm

Zig Zag Zell endorsed Collins? Enough reason to vote for someone else!

Judy

July 24th, 2012
11:12 pm

I just did some research on her and found out she is much more liberal than I realized. I had her as a friend on FB but have withdrawn my support.

Trevor

July 24th, 2012
11:13 pm

If the other “else” is zoller….give me Collins!

Trevor

July 24th, 2012
11:14 pm

Liberal is a kind term to describe martha.

rj

July 24th, 2012
11:34 pm

Palin Schmalin mind your own beeswax. The kiss of death. Meh.

wishing

July 24th, 2012
11:44 pm

People of the Ninth, stand up for yourselves. Stop listening to these GOTP hacks. Vote Dem.

Local Georgia Girl

July 24th, 2012
11:53 pm

Who? That name sounds familiar… Sounds like a last grasp at straws. It should have the opposite of the desired effect.

eli

July 25th, 2012
12:13 am

So,.now we k.ow that Zoller dislikes Jews and other minorities and might not understand that Africa is a continent.

Seriously, that is all a Palin endorsement tells me.

TGT

July 25th, 2012
1:04 am

Now I have to vote for Collins!

No you don’t. Vote for the real conservative: Fitzpatrick. (Former marine, well educated, leader in his church, preaches the constitution, …) Check him out: http://www.fitzpatrick4congress.com/

Attack Dog

July 25th, 2012
4:51 am

Politicans who say “voters are smarter than that,” don’t know Dixiecrats very well.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 25th, 2012
4:57 am

Hmm..34 year old grandmother in south Fulton arrested after grandson ingests her crack cocaine..lets play guess the race..

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 25th, 2012
5:00 am

@Hiram..the vast ,majority of those vapid brainless idiots on Leno’s street skit are either young students or average southern California voter..aka democrats. Thanks for playing, but you failed miserably..

The day is Mine, Trebek!

Buckhead Boy

July 25th, 2012
5:16 am

I find it amusing that the politicians in a state that has had more constitutions than they can count and regularly amend such for weighty issues like blueberries hold the 18th Century federal Constitution inviolate. “Preaches the constitution.” Yes, they do that — until the blueberry growers come a calling.

Carpetbagger

July 25th, 2012
5:19 am

Martha is a clown… Sarah is clowning around supporting this ate-up media hog. Can’t Georgia do any better?

cam

July 25th, 2012
6:18 am

If you want more of the same shes your man. Just another carbon copy of Deal and Cagle who have let us down trying to force DealCare down our throats after thirty years of never making a difference with traffic. Time for the new party to invade. My vote is for anybody but.

findog

July 25th, 2012
6:53 am

If you agree that it’s time our elected officials stopped talking at us and started listening to us, then why would you vote for a former talk radio host?

Is Palin the moron or those who cannot see how idiotic he babble is?

Just remember to vote NO on TSPLOST!

findog

July 25th, 2012
6:59 am

Trisha,
Nice to see you back
Now iron my shirt

Maggies Daughter Loves Tech

July 25th, 2012
7:03 am

Would you believe a liar like lake? Collins votes with the Gold Dome crowd and gave us TSPLOST and so called tax reform that will now tax casual sales of cars. Who is the liberal here?

Ricky Bobby

July 25th, 2012
7:19 am

People say “true conservative” like it’s a swollen appendage under the influence of Viagra…mine’s bigger than yours…but after four hours, y’all better get help. Seriously. Get help.

Edmund Ruffin

July 25th, 2012
7:20 am

One Republican, Sarah Palin, trumps one democrat, Zig Zag Miller.

[...] District continued to be the other nastiest one out there. Martha Collins received the endorsement of Sarah Palin. “If you agree that it’s time our elected officials stopped talking at us and started listening [...]

julia

July 25th, 2012
7:59 am

Would someone PLEASE tell Screech that her 15 minutes are SO over, and she can go back to Alaska, take her reality show brats with her.

Dottie Krull

July 25th, 2012
8:08 am

The Collins campaign continues to use edited comments made by Martha Zoller to support the inference that Martha Zoller first supported Obama before she opposed him or that she is for abortion or gay marriage. Edited comments taken out of context can amount to a lie on the part of the Collins cmapaign. I also note that he has gone from endorsed by Deal to trusted. I’ve listeded to Martha on the radio for years and believe her to be a true conservative. I applaude her for being able to consider issues based on all the information. Martha is a true conservative . . . as I see it Collins is a true “good ole boy.”

gm

July 25th, 2012
8:22 am

Palin has not had a job in 4 years she has millions off these dumb angry tea party fools, she spew these anti gov message yet as soon as disasters come in their state these people are the first to have their hand out .

Palin and the hypocrites tea party are every thing thats wrong with America””’

Mark

July 25th, 2012
8:29 am

Please! Sarah Palin is no longer relevant!