Palin angers faithful with choice in California race



LOS ANGELES- Sarah Palin has angered fans by endorsing former Hewlett Packard chief Carly Fiorina instead of a more conservative challenger in her bid to become the Republican candidate aiming to unseat California Senator Barbara Boxer.
Palin, a darling of the right-wing, announced on her Facebook page on Thursday that she was backing Fiorina as she attempts to win the Republican ticket for the election in California later this year.



Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin
The 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate said she was supporting Fiorina as a "Commonsense Conservative" on the basis of her "fiscal conservatism rooted in real life experience."
"We can trust Carly to do the right thing for America’s economy and to make the principled decisions she has throughout her professional career," Palin wrote in her endorsement.
However Palin's support has enraged supporters of California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, who view Fiorina as a RINO -- Republican In Name Only -- an epithet used by right-wingers to disparage pro-business candidates who do not always embrace socially conservative stances.
"Sorry, governor Palin, but Chuck DeVore is California's only conservative candidate for senator," one poster wrote.
"I'm very disappointed in you, Sarah. You should know better!!," another posted added.
Another poster lamented: "Awful endorsement, simply awful. Fiorina is a RINO at best, and I especially love her selling technology to IRAN before she was FIRED as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Devore is the guy, period.
"Mrs. Palin, this has diminished my view of you greatly. Sad."
The avalanche of criticism forced Palin to issue a hasty rebuttal, insisting that Fiorina was "pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-military, pro-strict border security and against amnesty" and was a gun-owning member of the NNational Rifle Association.
"Carly is the only conservative in the race who can beat Barbara Boxer. That's no RINO. That's a winner."
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Friday, May 7th 2010
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