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NY23 UPDATE: Conservatives Ask, ‘What Will Sarah Palin Do?’

By on 10.18.09 | 4:49PM

Supporters of Conservative Party congressional candidate Doug Hoffman -- whose special election campaign in upstate New York's 23rd district is drawing nationwide attention -- have begun to wonder why former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hasn't endorsed Hoffman.

"In doing so she will join former Presidential candidate Fred Thompson, and the fiscal conservative group Club for Growth to endorse Hoffman over the Republican nominee," conservative blogger Dale Gordon wrote yesterday.

Hoffman supporters say a Palin endorsement would counterbalance the GOP establishment's backing of liberal Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava.

Josh Painter of the Texas for Palin blog says an endorsement from Palin "could be posted on the former governor's Facebook Notes page, and it would be an instant sensation among Sarah's 928,739 Facebook supporters . . . and the media would give it an audience of millions more."

Painter notes that Palin, who energized grassroots conservatives as the 2008 GOP vice-presidential candidate, has declared her desire to support "candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation."

More than anything, Hoffman campaign officials say, they need a quick injection of cash to match the big money the two major national parties are giving to their candidates. There is a rapidly escalating money battle in the three-way NY23 campaign. Both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are planning fundraising events for the little-known Democratic candidate, Bill Owens. The Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee have enraged conservatives by giving "six figure" contributions to Scozzafava.

Hoffman's grassroots supporters say time is running out for Palin to make an endorsement, if she is to have any impact on the Nov. 3 election, now barely two weeks away. Hoffman is endorsed by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, and some of Hoffman's pro-life supporters have reportedly launched an e-mail campaign -- including prayer requests -- to secure the endorsement of Palin, whose pro-life bona fides would carry weight with the significant share of conservative Catholics in the rural upstate New York district.

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