Senator Begich Attacks Governor Palin for Challenging His Voting Record; Updated

Thursday, July 11, 2013

On Tuesday, Governor Palin gave an interview to Sean Hannity on his radio program. When Hannity asked if she is considering a run for the US Senate, she said she is because some have requested it of her. She did not say this is something she will definitely do, and she actually downplayed it, I feel. However, she did say that Senator Mark Begich has to go because he has not done right by Alaskans. Of course, the media ran with it, as did others who lapsed right into Palin Derangement Syndrome.

Begich himself responded by questioning her Alaska residency and pulling out the tired "she quit" meme, although he, no doubt, understands the circumstances surrounding her resignation from the governor's office and why it was the right thing to do.

Via Politico:

Sarah Palin “quit on Alaska” as governor and “ has lost touch” with her home state, Sen. Mark Begich told POLITICO.

The Democratic senator said Palin, who said Tuesday she’s considering challenging him for his seat in 2014, might not even be a resident of Alaska and is someone he won’t take seriously unless she emerges from a competitive Republican primary.

“I don’t know if she’s a resident. She’s been away from Alaska a lot and has probably lost touch with what’s going on. She should go to my webpage,” Begich said. “Most Alaskans I see on a pretty regular basis, but I haven’t seen her for a long time.”
More Begich nonsense here.

Governor Palin responded on Facebook:
Really, Mark? Really?

Margaret Thatcher used to say, “I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.” So, thank you, Mark Begich, for making me and others exceptionally cheery today! Mark, after looking at your voting record I can see why you are looking for a distraction. You have voted FOR Obamacare, FOR massive tax increases, FOR carbon taxes which could cost Alaskans 21,000 jobs, AGAINST pro-life legislation, and there’s so much more. You even flip-flopped to oppose the nation’s balanced budget amendment. You agree with, and vote with, ultra-liberal Senators Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid approximately 90% of the time. Mark, you recently said, “Alaskans pick who they want based on what’s good for Alaska.” Couldn’t agree more, Mark, which is why many hope to see great changes for our great state following the upcoming 2014 election. In the meantime, we suppose we’ll see much more playing of the ol' Washington political game using those inside D.C. reporters each time you have to distract from yet another bad vote for Alaska in the U.S. Senate. It cheers us up and gives us good opportunity to remind Alaskans just how loyal to the Obama agenda you have been.

- Sarah Palin

Steve Flesher had already published a piece at Conservatives4Palin. He pointed out the following about Begich's voting record:
–In 2009 he voted for the Affordable Care Act. (some of the authors of this mother-of-disaster bills are now calling it a "train wreck.")
–In 2009 he voted against a measure to stop stimulus spending.
–In 2010 he voted for Dodd-Frank
–In 2011, he voted against repealing Obamacare.
He also voted to increase the debt ceiling, against Senator Rand Paul’s budget earlier this year, and yes, he supported the internet sales tax, too.

Then Steve dealt with what really should be clear to anyone who paid even a modicum of attention after the 2008 presidential campaign, when Governor Palin came back to Alaska to encounter numerous frivolous ethics complaint. He pointed out Begich's "shoddy" character in characterizing Palin as a quitter:
[Begich] goes on to criticize Governor Palin’s resignation by telling only half the story, repeating a continuous cheap talking point often used by the left and the establishment wing of the GOP. Obviously, these people have yet to catch up with the rest of us where the perils of career politics are concerned. Accordingly, Governor Palin refuses to fall into the permanent political class’s mold of acceptance. She didn’t "quit" on the people of her state. She selflessly resigned to prohibit further waste at the expense of taxpayers; waste created by a small-but-radical group of people who filed numerous frivolous ethics charges against her which were eventually dismissed. John Hawkins at Townhall described it perfectly:
Most people just note that Sarah Palin "quit" as governor of Alaska without pointing out the "why" behind it. Palin spent more than half a million dollars defending herself from frivolous ethics charges filed against her after she was on the 2008 ticket. Because of a since-fixed quirk in Alaska law, the Palin family had to pay all of these legal bills out of their own pocket. So in other words, it was COSTING Sarah Palin hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to be governor and without the financial resources she has today, it was putting a lot of financial strain on her family. Nobody should be put in a position where she has to choose between serving as governor or bankrupting her family fending off meritless, politically motivated lawsuits.

Read Steve's full article here.

Can we lay the ridiculous "quitter" charges to rest now? I would love for someone to ask Mark Begich and some of these other politicians what they would do under the same circumstances. Would they reveal their real character and tell us that they would remain in office at the taxpayers' expense just so they could keep their cushy titles and privileges? That's the real issue. Governor Palin was more interested in doing what was right with people's money--and not bankrupting her own family--than protecting her own political hide. I know it's hard for many in D.C. to wrap their brains around, but some people actually have standards.

UPDATE: Governor Palin posted these on Facebook, highlighting Begich's voting record:
Begich's voting record...

More on Begich's voting record...

UPDATE 2: Governor Palin again, via Facebook:
Alaskan Chameleon (an endangered species)...


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