Roll Call’s Joshua Miller reports:
Congressional candidate Martha Zoller, locked in a tough GOP primary with state Rep. Doug Collins in Georgia’s new 9th district, today picked up the endorsement of Sarah Palin, Zoller’s campaign said.
Zoller, a conservative talk radio host, has positioned herself as the insurgent candidate against Collins, who is close with Gov. Nathan Deal (R) and the Atlanta GOP establishment. Both candidates are very conservative.
Although Collins has a huge fundraising advantage over Zoller, Miller says the word from “unaligned” Georgia Republicans is that this race is close, and either candidate could conceivably win the primary. Miller adds that the district is so Republican that the winner of the primary will most likely be representing the district in Congress next January.
According to AccessNorthGa.com, Zoller personally requested Sarah Palin’s endorsement earlier this year. Gov. Palin’s statement:
“If you agree that it’s time our elected officials stopped talking at us and started listening to us, then I hope you will join me in supporting Martha Zoller for Congress from Georgia’s 9th Congressional District,” said Gov. Palin via e-mail. “Martha has been fighting for conservative causes for years as an award winning radio show host where she has been a voice for the Tea Party movement.
“Martha is running against the establishment, which, as we know, is an uphill battle; but with all of our support she can win. In Congress, she’ll vote to cut spending, lower taxes, and repeal Obamacare. In addition to being pro-life and a firm defender of our Constitution, including our Second Amendment rights, Martha is a strong fiscal conservative. Her “MAP for Prosperity” plan calls for increased accountability, bold reform, and citizen engagement – three things we need more of in Washington.
“I hope you’ll join me and other conservatives like Sean Hannity and Mark Levin in supporting Martha Zoller for Congress.”
And Martha Zoller’s reaction to the endorsement:
“I am thrilled to have the strong support of Governor Palin in my efforts to represent Georgia’s 9th Congressional District in Congress and restore fiscal sanity in Washington,” said Zoller. “Together, we will fight to put this country back on the right track and ensure prosperity and opportunity for many generations to come.”
Cross-posted at The SPJ