A round-up of Sarah Palin news since this is what attracts the most readers from my audience.
First, Palin is still endorsing ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ even though many people are having second thoughts over offshore drilling in light of the Gulf spill. Palin argues that all ‘human endeavors’ entail risk – which she knows firsthand as an Alaskan native whose husband helped in the clean-up effort after the Exxon spill – and that drilling is justified even with such potential tragedies. The British newspaper Telegraph is accusing Palin of fueling ‘anti-British sentiment’ by attacking the ‘foreign’ British Petroleum oil company, however:
The former Alaska governor and potential 2012 presidential candidate attacked the British oil giant over the recent Deepwater Horizon spill and a previous one in her state in 2006.
Her comments came despite the fact her husband Todd Palin worked for BP for 18 years, as a production supervisor, and only left the company last year to spend more time with his family.
Mrs Palin urged those in the Gulf of Mexico to “learn from Alaska’s lesson with foreign oil companies.” She added: “Don’t naively trust – verify.”
On a separate note, Palin is endorsing Carly Fiorina for the California Republican Senate primary. The Republican nominee will go up against Democrat incumbent Barbara Boxer in November:
Sarah Palin endorsed Republican Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senate on Thursday, a potential boost for the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and first-time candidate as she attempts to win over conservative voters before the June 8 primary.
“Carly is the Commonsense Conservative that California needs and our country could sure use in these trying times,” Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee and former Alaska governor, said in a news release distributed by Fiorina’s campaign.
Fiorina is in a tough three-way race against former Silicon Valley Congressman Tom Campbell and conservative Assemblyman Chuck DeVore of Orange County. Campbell has maintained a steady lead since jumping into the race in January.
Palin is one of the most polarizing figures in American politics, and her endorsement could hurt Fiorina among Democrats and decline-to-state, or independent, voters, in a general election match-up against Democratic incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer.
And, finally, although Palin has reportedly made $12million in the last year through book deals, public speeches and a Fox News commentator contract; she is apparently not financially supporting her young, single mother daughter:
Last month, teen mother Bristol Palin was featured in a PSA advising teens to “pause before you play.” “What if I didn’t come from a famous family?” she asks in the clip. “What if I didn’t have all their support? What if I couldn’t finish my education? What if I didn’t have all these opportunities?”
Now, Bristol tells People that the support she receives from mother Sarah Palin and the rest of her family is emotional support, not financial. Bristol’s 16-month-old son with Levi Johnston, Tripp, spends his days with a babysitter while Bristol works. “[My parents] are there for support when I need it emotionally, but I’m on my own financially. I work an 8 to 5 job, five days a week,” Bristol says.