Sarah Palin endorses Martha Roby, Beth Chapman
The 2008 vice presidential nominee endorsed Martha Roby, who is running for Congress, and Secretary of State Beth Chapman, who is running for a second term.
Roby, a Montgomery city councilwoman, is trying to unseat freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright, the former mayor of Montgomery. Both sides expect a competitive race in the conservative district.
Bright is the first Democrat to represent the district since the 1960s.
Chapman is running against Democrat Scott Gilliland.
Palin, in acknowledging the 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment, used her Facebook page to endorse several female candidates throughout the nation, including women running for Congress in North Carolina, Indiana, and Missouri, and for attorney general in Iowa and Florida.
"Martha Roby served on the Montgomery City Council where she fought tax increases and worked hard to reduce government spending," Palin wrote on her Facebook page. "She's now running to represent Alabama's 2nd Congressional District with a strong message of reform to get our country back on the right track."
Roby is still a member of the city council, where she is in her second term.
"I am very grateful for Governor Palin's endorsement and her kind words," Roby said in a statement. "She is an important leader in the conservative movement, and like many others I was inspired and motivated by her leadership and grace when she took the national stage in 2008."
Palin has not endorsed any other secretary of state, according to Chapman.
"That is quite a vote of confidence and a great show of support for which I am grateful," Chapman said.
Palin and Chapman have met twice and recently worked to try to elect former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, who was running for governor there. She lost in the Republican primary to former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal.
Chapman, who also served a term as state auditor, said the endorsement is a boost to her campaign.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen