COMMENTARY | Sarah Palin, the most powerful female politician on the planet, has made one of her first endorsements for the 2014 campaign season, putting her support behind Katrina Pierson, a tea party activist who is challenging Rep. Pete Sessions.
“A feisty fighter for freedom, Katrina is taking on a powerful incumbent who has so lost touch with the people of his district that he’s not even bothering to spend much time in Texas anymore. It’s not only his district he’s lost touch with, but also the issues important to the voters there. He used his powerful position to oppose the movement to defund Obamacare, has voted to raise the debt ceiling, and has been an advocate for the NSA intrusion into our freedoms. When asked about Katrina’s primary challenge, he said, ‘these things happen.’ Yes, they do. We all know what happens when we come together to support a good candidate like Katrina – the permanent political class loses and We the People win! We win by electing a fighter we can depend on like Katrina Pierson. Ted Cruz calls Katrina ‘an utterly fearless principled conservative.’ He should know. Katrina was among the conservative grassroots warriors in Texas who worked tirelessly to elect Senator Cruz.”
Pierson has had a hardscrabble background that included, according to the Dallas Morning News, a charge of shoplifting when she was 20, which was settled through deferred adjudication. She has made no secret of the incident, which she credits for turning her life around.
Pierson is running on a conservative platform of smaller government, opposition to Obamacare, opposition to illegal immigration, energy independence, and a strong military. There is not a whole lot of daylight between her positions and those of Sessions, the incumbent in the Texas 32nd Congressional District. The basis of Pierson’s campaign is that Sessions, as the New York Times suggested, is an out of touch, Washington politician who has been insufficiently zealous in opposing Obama policies.
Even with Palin’s endorsement, as well as that of Ted Cruz, Pierson faces an uphill battle. But Sessions, the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee, may be in for a fight in the upcoming primary.