Palin and Begich continue to snipe at each other

It all began when Palin said she was considering a challenge to Begich in 2014

By Jillian Rayfield
Published July 11, 2013 8:33PM (EDT)

Since Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity that she's "considered" running for senator of Alaska in the midterms, she and incumbent Democrat Mark Begich have been sniping back and forth about each other's qualifications and records.

First, Begich, who is up for reelection in 2014, wondered if Palin was even still a resident of Alaska. “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 told Politico. “Most Alaskans I see on a pretty regular basis, but I haven’t seen her for a long time.”

In response, on Thursday Palin wrote a Facebook post asking "Really Mark, Really?"

"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," Palin wrote.

She continued: "Couldn’t agree more, Mark, which is why many hope to see great changes for our great state following the upcoming 2014 election. "

Begich then tweeted:

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So Palin posted a picture referring to Begich as an "Alaska chameleon (an endangered species)."

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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