Palin Endorses Fallin
Palin's announcement came in a Facebook posting.
"...Mary Fallin is another strong, smart conservative who I am proud to support. Mary is running for Governor of Oklahoma, and the Sooner State is fortunate to have her offer to serve in this new capacity. Mary’s another fiscal conservative with policy experience, political backbone, and real world knowledge that will serve the entire state well as she proves her mettle as Oklahoma’s next CEO. Her personal, professional, and political background gives her a healthy perspective on the challenges facing so many of our families and businesses. Mary truly understands public service, and she served her state with distinction in Congress and as the first Republican and first female lieutenant governor in Oklahoma history. Sharing the aforementioned foundational values of Cathy and Star and so many other Americans, Mary also understands the complexities of our domestic energy policy and has been a consistent voice for energy independence. Please visit Mary’s website at http://www.maryfallin.org/ and follow her on Facebook and Twitter."
Fallin faces Senator Randy Brogdon in the Republican primary. Brogdon reacted to the Palin endorsement by questioning her motives.
"It's perplexing why Gov. Palin, a self described conservative, would endorse someone who supported the Wall Street Bailout and was key to adding hundreds of billions to the national debt," Brogdon said.
"The simple truth is that an endorsement from Ronald Reagan himself wouldn't change the fact that Mary Fallin supports Big Government Bailouts and Pork Barrel Spending.
"Mary Fallin can line up endorsements until the cows come home but at the end of the day, it's the Oklahoma voters endorsement on July 27th that decides the election. And while Gov. Palin might not know who the true conservative is in the Governor's race, the people of Oklahoma do and I plan to spread my conservative message to as many voters as possible in the upcoming weeks.
"It is obvious that Palin's endorsement is more about her bid for president in 2012 than supporting Oklahoma's values of limited government and controlled spending. I am seeking the approval of Oklahomans and not the Republican establishment."