Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness, who is challenging Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy in the November race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Landrieu, has received the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
In a statement announcing the endorsement, Maness said, "I am truly humbled Governor Palin would lend her credibility to a regular guy like me. We are winning this campaign the old-fashioned way — by putting people over politics. I've logged 50,000 miles in my Ford F-150 and visited all 64 of Louisana's great parishes — this endorsement is just the energy we need to keep trucking!"
Maness, along with a fourth candidate, State Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Covington, continues to poll in the single digits in the race, but has worked a spirited campaign firing shots at both Landrieu and Cassidy.
Since stepping down from her governorship mid-term in 2009, Palin has been a popular TV news personality, speaker at conservative conventions and reality TV show host. Her latest program is Amazing America with Sarah Palin
, which airs on the Sportsman Channel. Her endorsement has been sought by several tea party-backed candidates, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Maness, a Republican with tea party support, is challenging Landrieu (a Democrat) and Cassidy (a Republican) from the right. In an ad released today, he fires a gun, takes a boat into a swamp and tapes an alligator's snout shut.
Under the jump: Palin's endorsement.
Many of us have encouraged the election of more conservative warriors to join the fight in the United States Senate this election cycle. In the Louisiana Senate race we have the opportunity to send a true conservative and a real warrior to join that fight. So, today I am lending my support to retired Col. Rob Maness for U.S. Senate.
Col. Maness fought for 32 years in uniform upholding his pledge to support and defend our Constitution, and he is ready now to continue that service in the U.S. Senate. A decorated combat veteran, Rob fought to protect our freedoms and liberties and was awarded the Air Medal and Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone. On that fateful day in September 2001, Rob was stationed in the Pentagon when the terrorists attacked. Rob rushed from his office to the crash site and quickly jumped on one of the first teams entering the building in an attempt to save their colleagues. You can hear more of Rob's inspiring story from that day here.
Rob is a true conservative - opposing amnesty, pledging to protect our Second Amendment rights, and promising to defund Obamacare. As the grandfather of a now healthy 2-year-old baby grandson born at just 28 weeks and 2 lbs., 5 oz., he knows first hand the miracle of life and promises to protect it.
Rob is the admitted underdog in this race. Having spent his career in uniform, he does not have deep pockets or lobbyist connections to fund his campaign. To me, it's a blessing, not a curse that he's not held office before. After all, our founders weren't politicians - many of them in fact were military leaders. Maybe it's time we got back to those roots!
Rob's opponents? Liberal Senator Mary Landrieu who still to this day says she would vote for Obamacare again - this, despite the fact that an estimated 80,000 Louisianans will see their current health plans cancelled despite promises from President Obama and Senator Landrieu that this would not occur.
The GOP establishment has turned to a moderate Congressman who opposed President Reagan in the past and was actually a supporter of Mary Landrieu until recent years. He voted to raise the debt ceiling, was one of 19 Republicans to vote for President Obama's hate crimes legislation, campaigned in support of the government bailout (but now opposes it), voted for Obamacare Medicare savings (but now opposes them). Come on, GOP, is this the best we can do? I say no. Let's come together and unite behind conservative warrior Col. Rob Maness - a proven fighter for freedom.
Louisiana, Col. Rob Maness fought for us for 32 years. Let's fight for him these next six months and let him continue to support and defend our Constitution in the U.S. Senate.
You can learn more about Col. Maness and support his campaign at his website, www.robmaness.com.
- Sarah Palin