Sarah Palin is looking to add another â€œMama Grizzlyâ€ to Congress by endorsing Joni Ernst for the U.S. Senate in Iowa.
Ernst, a state senator, is vying in a crowded Republican primary to take on Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, is retiring, and the Iowa race is one of those that will help decide which party controls the Senate.
Ernst, who grew up on an Iowa farm, made quite a splash Tuesday with the first TV ad of her campaign â€” in which she talks about castrating hogs and cutting â€œporkâ€ in Washington.
In her endorsement announcement posted on Facebook, Palin compared Ernst to Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb. â€” one of the candidates she backed for Congress in 2012.
â€œIf Nebraskaâ€™s Deb Fischer can see through the bull in Washington, then Iowaâ€™s Joni Ernst can help her cut through the pork,â€ Pain said.
The quip about Fischer is a reference to the Nebraskanâ€™s ad featuring two Angus bulls she renamed after her male rivals in her Senate race.
Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, first applied the â€œMama Grizzlyâ€ term to female candidates she backed in the 2010 midterm elections. Sheâ€™s been rolling out her endorsements for the 2014 season over the last few weeks.
Ernstâ€™s campaign ad got her a mention by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. Watch the spot here: