Former Vice Presidential candidate and always lightning rod Sarah Palin today endorsed Tim Burns' candidacy in the 12th district special election, via a post on her Facebook page (hat tip to the Wall Street Journal). Palin's post compares Burns' business experience to Democrat Mark Critz's time as a staffer for Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Johnstown, whose death created the vacant seat.
"In a year when Americans are desperate for job growth and frustrated with the reckless spending in Washington, the candidates running in the special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District epitomize the problem and the solution," Palin writes. "It’s a race between a career Washington bureaucrat and a small business entrepreneur."
The post is much more mild than any of the vicious ads that have been flying around in the district, but Palin is a polarizing figure nationally and her endorsement could be used by Critz in a similar way to Burns' hanging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi around Critz's neck at every possible opportunity.
Palin's full endorsement is below the jump.
In a year when Americans are desperate for job growth and frustrated with the reckless spending in Washington, the candidates running in the special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District epitomize the problem and the solution. It’s a race between a career Washington bureaucrat and a small business entrepreneur.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania’s beautiful 12th district, Tim Burns’ story is like that of millions of successful small business owners across the country. He started a pharmaceutical technology company out of the basement of his house and grew it to over 400 employees. He worked hard and gave back generously to his community, in part by starting a charity to help children with special needs. In his spare time, he’s a “hockey dad” coaching his sons’ team. Last year, he attended a local tea party and spoke passionately about the danger that the policies coming out of Washington pose for small business owners like him. Reflecting on that day, Tim said, “I had not considered running until after the tea parties, but I decided that I owed it to my two children, who are 14 and 12, to do something. We’re in a fight for the very life of our country.”
Tim spent his professional life building a business from scratch that employed Pennsylvanians, and now he would like to bring his common sense pro-free market message to Washington. I’m proud to offer my support to Tim Burns in his campaign to bring real job creation to Pennsylvania’s 12th district. Please join me in supporting his campaign. Visit Tim’s website here, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
It’s been said many times this year that America is at a crossroads, and the decision we make in November will decide the course of our children’s future. The choice in Pennsylvania’s 12th district couldn’t be more obvious. Let’s send the job-creator to Washington to get this economy moving again.
- Sarah Palin