Rhetoric rises over Palin’s targeting of Salazar

Sarah Palin’s targeting of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District will backfire on the two Republicans vying to run against Democrat incumbent John Salazar,  according to Salazar’s campaign.

Campaign spokesman Ronnie Carleton also called on those Republicans to “publicly disavow (Palin) for what she said.”

That request misfired, both Republicans, Bob McConnell and Scott Tipton, said.

Palin last week listed the 3rd Congressional District as one that should be held by Republicans based on the fact she and GOP presidential standard-bearer John McCain carried it in 2008, Palin said on her blog.

Palin’s telling conservatives “to ‘reload,’ and ‘targeting’ the congressman and placing him within her ‘cross hairs’ was a most unfortunate choice of words, given the political environment right now,” Carleton said in a statement.

Palin’s attack “is only going to further energize our supporters,” Carleton said.

McConnell scoffed at Carleton’s comment.

“Of course Salazar wants me to repudiate Sarah Palin,” he said in an e-mail. “My guess is he’s starting to understand that his seat is not only vulnerable, but gone.”

Tipton, a state representative from Cortez, has no plan to repudiate Palin’s comments, his campaign said in a statement echoing McConnell.

Salazar’s campaign “is starting to realize the writing on the wall that this is going to be a contested race,” the statement said. “The people from the 3rd are done with Salazar’s out-of-touch policies and his government-run mandates, such as ObamaCare.”


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