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Palin endorses Ellmers

Sarah Palin has endorsed Republican Renee Ellmers in her challenge to Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge.

Ellmers' campaign staff breathlessly announced Palin's endorsement, which came Wednesday afternoon in a Facebook post.

Having worked in the health care industry all her life, she joined countless other concerned Americans at the town hall meetings last summer to protest the disastrous Obamacare legislation. And she didn’t stop there! Renee decided to join the ranks of patriotic mothers across the country who have the courage to run for office this year and fight to make sure our children have as bright a future as we were given. Renee has an uphill battle against a truly out of touch incumbent who made news not too long ago when he was caught on video assaulting a student who asked him if he supported the Obama agenda.

The value of and reasoning behind a Palin endorsement has been red meat for talking heads. Etheridge, a Lillington Democrat, has a huge money advantage, but campaign stops or fundraising events by Palin would be a big boost for Ellmers, a Dunn resident who is on her first run for office.

“Like Governor Palin, I am a mother who is concerned about the direction of our nation," she said in a news release. "We both know that Washington is out of control, and I am running to help set the country on a better path of fiscal responsibility that ensures prosperity for future generations.”

UPDATE: Etheridge's campaign responded.

"Sarah Palin, who ditched her public service job to be a celebrity, is just the latest in a string of far right politicians and groups to endorse Renee Ellmers," Etheridge said in a statement. "It is scary to think that Ellmers is going to take her marching orders about job creation from a person who abandoned the job she was elected to do for the people of Alaska."

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