Former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a Facebook posting today endorsed Karen Handel for Georgia governor.
"I’m proud to lend my support to a great commonsense conservative woman running for governor this year in the Peach State," Palin posted. "My recent visit back to this beautiful area allowed me to meet more of the patriotic Americans who call Georgia home and who are ready for a reformer to help strengthen their families, businesses, state and, ultimately, our United States. Karen Handel is that reformer."
Handel more recently was Georgia Secretary of State, but left that position to run for governor. She is among seven Republican candidates vying for the party's nomination in the July 20 primary.
Wrote Palin: "Throughout her career in public office – from serving as chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners to Georgia’s Secretary of State – Karen has brought the common sense fiscal discipline and positive change in government that is needed now more than ever. Though considered an underdog candidate (more power to her!), this pro-life, pro-Constitutionalist with a can-do attitude and a record of fighting for ethics in government is ready to serve in the governor’s office. She’ll balance budgets and help spur Georgia’s economy. Her plan will contribute to America’s road map which can benefit all of us."
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Since the 2008 presidential election, Palin has become a cult figure in American politics, popular among tea party activists and other conservatives unhappy with President Barack Obama's administration.