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GOP strategist: ‘If Sarah Palin endorsed me I would be too embarrassed to tell anyone’

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on May 21, 2010

Let me hear an amen!

On Wednesday, California Republican strategist and Yolo County supervisor Matt Rexroad loaded up Facebook and put up a short complaint about U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina’s embrace of Sarah Palin.  Rexroad is a managing partner of Merdian Pacific, Inc. a strategy firm hired by… Carly Fiorina. While Rexroad doesn’t work on that account, the Fiorina campaign paid Meridian Pacific $31,509.88 for consulting and travel in the first quarter of 2010.

“I hope it’s not a big deal!” he laughed. “I support Carly and I’ll be voting for her, and I think she’s going to win. But from my point of view, I don’t know how you quit as the governor of your state and get taken seriously. I have a client this cycle who tells me I should keep this to myself, but it’s my opinion. Look at Ross Perot — he was rock star for a while, and then after a while people said, hey, he’s kind of crazy.”

Rexroad’s somewhat heretical take on Palin gets at the disconnect that a lot of Republican strategists feel between the former governor’s political influence and her role as a serious figure. At the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Palin got, by far, the best reception of any possible 2012 candidate who took the stage. But she came in third in the straw poll, and plenty of Republicans told reporters that they hesitated to back her because they didn’t think she could handle the job of president yet.

“It’s good politics to stand there with Palin,” said Rexroad, “but I think there are a lot of other, more accomplished people who voters should take their views from. John McCain has this enormous record and long career, and he’s accomplished so much more than her, if we’re looking for people who’ve endorsed Carly that voters should take their guidance from.”

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