8:36 AM, May 13, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Des Moines Register reports:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce this morning endorsed Iowa's Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate, snubbing Republican rival Mark Jacobs, who has been campaigning on his experience as a business executive.
The news effectively secures Ernst's position as the business establishment candidate, which her backers say is a significant development just 20 days out from election day.
It also likely means more advertising firepower for Ernst; the business lobbying group typically backs up its endorsements by spending money on behalf of those candidates.
Ernst has also received endorsements from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, and sitting senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Deb Fischer of Nebraska. In addition to being a state senator, Ernst serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq. Her chief opponent for the Republican nomination, Jacobs, is a former CEO of an energy company and an Iowa native. The primary will be held on June 3.
Endorsements from the Chamber have affected at least one Senate primary so far this election season. Last week in North Carolina, Republican house speaker Thom Tillis won his party's nomination for U.S. Senate in part thanks to a boost from the Chamber's political action committee, which ran ads in his favor over his primary challengers. The Chamber has also endorsed Jack Kingston for Senate in Georgia, who is locked in a three-way fight with David Perdue and Karen Handel in next week's GOP primary. The top two candidates in Georgia will proceed to a July 22 runoff, and if Kingston makes it in, the Chamber could have even more influence.
Ernst, Jacobs, and the rest of the GOP field are hoping to face off against congressman Bruce Braley, the Democrat who is trying to succeed retiring Democratic senator Tom Harkin.
John McCormack profiled Ernst in a recent issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, which you can read here.
Update: USA Today is reporting the National Rifle Association has also endorsed Ernst.
10:11 AM, Apr 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Karen Handel, a Republican candidate for Senate in Georgia, has a new TV ad that pitches her as a "conservative fighter" who wants to "stop illegal immigration and Obamacare" and "cut spending."
"I've been a fighter my whole life. I left a troubled home at 17, but I beat the odds," Handel says in the 30-second spot. "I worked my way up in the private sector and implemented Georgia's tough voter ID law." Handel is the former secretary of state. Watch the video below:
Kingston gets Hannity support.12:10 PM, Apr 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate, features heavily in a new TV ad from Georgia Senate candidate Karen Handel. "You know her background. You know her record," says Palin, who endorsed Handel two weeks ago. "The conservative who has walked the walk."
Watch the 30-second ad below:
1:17 PM, Apr 7, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
As far as political odd couples go, it doesn't get any odder than Sarah Palin and Jon Stewart. However, the two have come together to help veterans and have cut an ad in support of ACP AdvisorNet, which helps vets get jobs. ACP AdvisorNet is an innovative idea -- it's a virtual community service opportunity to assist those who have served by connecting them with business leaders to help jump start their careers.
6:33 PM, Mar 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Sarah Palin, inspired by Ted Cruz's reading of Green Eggs and Ham during his filibuster last year, re-wrote the Dr. Seuss classic to whack Uncle Sam at CPAC today:
7:59 AM, Jul 10, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Asked by Sean Hannity about running for the U.S. Senate, Sarah Palin gave him an evasive answer (more non-answer, really), which the AP turned into a news story:
"America desperately needs to have a 'come to Jesus' moment..."9:19 AM, Sep 22, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a statement to THE WEEKLY STANDARD, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin offers some advice for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, this year's Republican ticket for president and vice president, respectively.
6:12 PM, Jul 17, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has endorsed Sarah Steelman in the Missouri Republican primary for U.S. Senate. "I am deeply honored and humbled to have earned the endorsement of Governor Palin, whose willingness to stand up and fight for what is right, regardless of the political consequences, has blazed a trail for conservatives who believe as we do, that the status quo has got to go," Steelman said.
Here's Palin's statement:
2:31 PM, May 10, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has endorsed Ted Cruz in the Texas GOP Senate primary. Cruz, the former solicitor general, is facing lieutenant governor David Dewhurst in the May 29 election. From the Cruz campaign's press release: