Photo via PoliticMo
Sarah Palin swooped into Missouri this weekend with her family to campaign for US Senate candidate Sarah Steelman, who’s currently trailing behind frontrunners John Brunner, and Todd Akin. With temperatures 50 degrees warmer in MO than the climate she’s used to in Alaska, she remained as cool as a cucumber on the stump.
PoliticMo filed this report:
Steelman, in a speech introducing Palin, said she would “kick the door down” on the Republican establishment, and pledged not to be part of the “good ol’ boy’s club.”
After speaking, the two served food and posed for photos with supporters.
In an interview after the event on Friday evening, Steelman said she had never before met Palin. The endorsement came last month after Steelman sent Palin a letter seeking her support, she said.
The Politico reported:
Riding a four-endorsement winning streak in Republican Senate primaries this year, the former Alaska governor swept into a blueberry patch outside Kansas City this weekend looking to apply her Midas touch to the latest fortunate recipient. This time it’s Sarah Steelman, a former state treasurer running in a fractured Missouri Tuesday primary to decide who gets to take on vulnerable Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November.
With Steelman, Palin is making perhaps her boldest bet yet. Steelman — who, like Palin, likes to hunt, staunchly opposes abortion rights and touts herself as a maverick — has been running third against businessman John Brunner, who’s poured millions of his personal fortune into the race, and six-term Rep. Todd Akin.
At least that was the case before Palin’s arrival and the ensuing glut of media exposure for Steelman.
“They fear her,” Palin told a few hundred people gathered at a sprawling farm a few miles from the Kansas border Friday night. “She’s the candidate in this race who scares them because she won’t go to Washington to just go along, to get along. You have that choice to choose, results over rhetoric. Convictions over consultants and Missouri over Washington.”
A win would only enhance Palin’s reputation as the most powerful down-ballot force in Republican politics.
I would have loved to have been there to videotape the event, but I’ve been in South Florida all summer. I’m sorry I missed it.
Here’s some raw video, taken by one of the attendees, muahdib4 (h/t Charles B):
Here is some video I took of Sarah Steelman speaking a the Tea Party “Express stop, last May: Pix and Video: The Tea Party Express Swings Through Grain Valley, MO:
Sarah Steelman, one of the frontrunners in the Missouri Senate race, gave a very good speech. In it, she slammed the Senate for its failure to produce a budget, and suggested we cut their salaries until they cough one up.