Palin irks her supporters with California endorsement Fiorino over DeVore.
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Facebook turns on Palin
A Carly Fiorina endorsement has prompted fervent blowback on Sarah Palin's Facebook page.
POLITICO Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin's endorsement of Carly Fiorina in California's Senate race has prompted a fervent blowback on her Facebook page, long Palin's safe haven for delivering her message.
The revolt is coming from Palin supporters who also back Chuck DeVore – a tea party favorite who is campaigning against Fiorina in the Republican primary.
Palin’s Facebook page is littered with comments opposing her endorsement of Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard.
“The only REAL CONSERVATIVE is Chuck DeVore. Fiorina is a RINO and we don't need any more of those in [California],” one irate commenter wrote. “Why wouldn't you back Chuck DeVore???”
“Sorry Sarah but I think Chuck DeVore is the conservative candidate you should be supporting,” added another, who was followed up by a DeVore supporter who wrote: “I don't agree with this endorsement AT ALL! What are you thinking Sarah?”
The impassioned revolt from some of her most faithful supporters prompted Palin to update her post to “add a few things about my Carly endorsement because some reaction right out of the chute calls for more information.”
In her original post, Palin made no mention of Fiorina’s social views, but in the update Palin touted the former CEO’s opposition to abortion rights.
“Carly has been endorsed by the National Right to Life, the California Pro-Life Council, and the Susan B. Anthony List,” Palin wrote of Fiorina. “She is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-military, and pro-strict border security and against amnesty.”
“Carly is also a strong supporter of the Second Amendment,” she added. “Like me, she is a member of the NRA, has a 100% NRA rating, and she and her husband are gun owners. She is pro-energy development and believes as I do in an all-of-the-above approach to energy independence. She is against cap and tax. And most importantly, Carly is the only conservative in the race who can beat Barbara Boxer.”
Palin concluded: “That’s no RINO. That’s a winner.”
A Palin spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Palin’s endorsement of Fiorina came as something of a surprise on Thursday, as DeVore’s tea party supporters seem to be a more natural fit for the former governor.
Additionally, Fiorina once said during the height of the presidential campaign that Palin was not qualified to run a “major corporation.”
Fiorina later took a step back from the remark, saying she didn’t believe John McCain or Barack Obama could run such a company either.
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