, Colorado Democratic Party spokesman had this to say about the endorsement: "It’s hardly a surprise that Darryl Glenn earned Sarah Palin’s endorsement today, considering he is one of the most extreme conservative candidates running for Senate. Just as Palin has shown for years that she is out-of-touch with mainstream America, Glenn – a climate change denier who has called Donald Trump a patriot – has shown he is out-of-touch with the people of Colorado."
UPDATE at 9:06 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016:
This just in from Glenn about the endorsement: "I'm very honored to receive her endorsement."
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Sarah "mama grizzly" Palin
has endorsed El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn
for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Colorado,
breaking the Ronald Reagan rule of never endorsing a Republican in a primary race.
The Reagan Rule was not to speak ill of another Republican.
We've asked Glenn for a comment on his newest supporter, but haven't heard back. If and when we hear something, we'll update this blog. Palin was John McCain's vice presidential running mate in the 2008 election, and has provided lots of SNL sketch material since due to her wacky commentary, wacky family and wacky politics.
Palin wrote in a Facebook post:
I'm proud to endorse a proven warrior for US Senate in Colorado - Darryl Glenn is who this country needs! Over two decades of exemplary military service brought him honor and adulation for his intelligence, leadership skills, fiscal responsibility, and patriotism. His deserved recognition honed a servant's heart. He's one who proudly clings to God, guns and our constitution!
Darryl Glenn is a conservative outsider needed to take Washington by storm.
Colorado - please support Darryl Glenn for US Senate.
Palin and Glenn do have something in common. Both endorse Donald Trump. You can read Palin's entire speech
on that endorsement.
As for whether Glenn is an outsider, well, not exactly. First, he relied on the military for a paycheck for 21 years, and has been a government insider since 2003, that's 13 years. First, he served on the Colorado Springs City Council — at a mere $6,250 a year — and then moved over to the better paying board of county commissioners in 2011. That job pays $87,300. He's in his second and last term, and, of course, the U.S. Senate pays even better: $174,000.
Meantime, Glenn is trading on his military career — he's an Air Force Academy grad who got a law degree and rose to lieutenant colonel before leaving the service.
Glenn was endorsed last month by the super conservative Senate Conservatives Fund, which has purchased a lot of air time
on television to hype him for the seat. Check out the link to watch the TV ad.
In a video found on Glenn's campaign website
, Glenn extols the struggles faced by Martin Luther King Jr. in his fight for desegregation. On the video, Glenn says a black child told him he felt like he was being held down by "the man." To which Glenn said, "He's already starting off on the wrong foot. If you grow up thinking the government or the man is holding you down, you're putting in an artificial ceiling.... As a black man now....you think back to those struggles that he [King] had to go through. The concept of being able to go to a restaurant and white section and black section is so foreign to me.... You can achieve the American dream just by working hard."
But Glenn supports Donald Trump, who's repeated racist comments have drawn sharp criticism from within and outside the GOP.
Not sure how you reconcile his reliance on images of King on his website with his embracing of the bigoted Trump. Might be a good question for him at the upcoming candidate forum at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Glenn is vying in a field of five, including Ryan Frazier, Jon Keyser, Jack Graham and Robert Blaha.
The winner will face Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet in November.