From his campaign headquarters in New Bern, Taylor Griffin released this statement on the morning of Tuesday, April 29th:
Taylor Griffin’s congressional campaign got a big endorsement today from an old friend. Former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin endorsed Griffin’s run for the Republican nomination in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. Griffin worked with Governor Palin and Todd in 2008 during Palin’s Vice Presidential campaign.
“I am incredibly honored to receive the endorsement of Governor Sarah and Todd Palin. I consider Governor Palin to be the epitome of a principled conservative and her endorsement reinforces my message that I will give Eastern North Carolina the conservative representation we deserve.” Griffin said after receiving the news of the endorsement.
Griffin also added the endorsement carries with it a great responsibility. “When a local veteran or commercial fisherman tell me I have their support, I feel the responsibility to represent them in a manner befitting their trust. I feel the same way about the endorsement of Governor Palin and Todd. I can assure them and the people of Eastern North Carolina that my conservative principles will not waiver after I get to Washington.”
Earlier in the campaign, Griffin had written this to Governor Palin and Todd requesting their support for his candidacy:
“I chose to launch my campaign last year because in my time in politics and government I have watched our country, and at times my own party, veer so far off course from the fundamental constitutional values and free market ideals that made our country great. My time working with you and your family in Alaska was one of the most important experiences of my life. Like Alaskans, Eastern North Carolinians believe that the solution to our nation’s problems lie in its people rather than in ever expanding edicts from Washington.”
Palin responded yesterday with the following note:
“Taylor – Thank you for your note and for putting your name on the line to help restore our country. Todd and I are happy to honor your request and support your candidacy. In Washington, we need you to stay true to your beliefs of smaller government, protecting life, and furthering conservative principles. America needs fighters in Congress – go to DC remembering the good patriots of Eastern North Carolina who put their trust in you to fight for them. You have our support – we have directed SarahPAC to make a financial contribution to your campaign today. Thank you for your patriotism and commitment to our cause! – Sarah Palin”
The imprimatur of former Republican Governor and 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is an important development in the vetting of Taylor Griffin’s conservative credentials, second, of course, to that of the Crystal Coast Tea Party Patriots.