The Parallels of Sarah Palin and Sarah Steelman

by Whitney Pitcher

Governor Palin appeared at a campaign rally for Missouri Senatorial candidate Sarah Steelman tonight. A state representative from Missouri introduced Steelman noting her intentions to change Washington if elected., but he also noted Steelman’s record. One aspect of her record was particularly compelling. As state treasurer, Sarah Steelman started the first terror-free investment fund in the country. Her campaign website notes (emphasis added):

She served as State Treasurer of Missouri from 2004 until 2008. As Missouri Treasurer Steelman was responsible for the management of more than $19 billion in Missouri’s annual revenue and managed the investment of over $3 billion in long- and short-term investments in the state’s portfolio. She started the first terror-free investment fund in the nation, which ensured that no taxpayer dollars were invested in terrorist sponsoring countries. Many other states have followed her lead in enacting similar policies.

Fiscal prudence is not only about how much money is spent or how it  is specifically budgeted, but about where it is invested. Sarah Palin and Sarah Steelman share that important understanding when it comes to where state monies are invested. There is a fiscal responsibility to invest other people’s money wisely, but there is also a moral responsibility to make sure it is invested ethically. As Governor Palin noted during the 2008 Vice Presidential debate regarding Alaskan dollars that were invested in Sudan:

When I and others in the legislature found out we had some millions of dollars in Sudan, we called for divestment through legislation of those dollars to make sure we weren’t doing anything that would be seen as condoning the activities there in Darfur. That legislation hasn’t passed yet but it needs to because all of us, as individuals, and as humanitarians and as elected officials should do all we can to end those atrocities in that region of the world.

The thousands of Governor Palin’s emails the media requested only further confirmed this desire to divest money from a country engaged in genocide. Whether it’s in the Senate or the state house, people are looking for leaders who not only are conservative, but who are reformers who aren’t going to turn a blind eye to the immoral mismanagement of money. Steelman and Palin don’t solely share a first name; they share a commitment to a making sure, as Steelman says, “the status quo has got to go” by reforming the way that government operates.

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6 responses to “The Parallels of Sarah Palin and Sarah Steelman

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  2. alwaysfiredup

    Hey Whitney, good to see you. Unfortunately, there are a lot of problems with the characterization of these two women, starting with the fact that nothing Steelman says about herself is actually true. She is the establishment candidate in the race. She is the one who has been running for state office for 2 decades with mixed success. She is the one with the backing of all the RINOs in our state government, the biggest of which, house speaker Steve Tilley, is her campaign manager. She says she’s a tea party leader, which is completely not true. The tea partiers are fighting over Brunner and Akin, not one will vote Steelman. TPX is her only “tea party” support. Steelman voted against tort reform, voted to add union perks to state building projects, took money from SEIU, and sponsored SuperTIF legislation that is bleeding the taxpayers dry. She says the Establishment is against her in every speech and the audience laughs at her. Brunner has never run for office before, how could he possibly be “the Establishment”? The endorsement is making Palin look ridiculous to the exact crowd I have been trying to recruit to her side for the past year, up until she announced she wouldn’t run. I hate for MO to be the state that breaks Palin’s winning endorsement streak but that’s what’s going to happen. She can’t convince a state of hard-headed “show-me” folks that down is up, left is right, or Steelman is the conservative in the Missouri Senate race. We already know better. It’s a real shame.

    • whitneyz

      Hi! I appreciate your comment and how in the midst of this endorsement and primary season you’ve stayed above the fray and focused on issues in your dissent from Palin and others who support Steelman. No person with a political record is going to have a perfect record, and I don’t want to overlook where Steelman may have unfortunately moderated herself. I simply wanted to highlight one part of Steelman’s record that did seem in line with Governor Palin’s record. I trust that Governor Palin took much into consideration when making this endorsement and didn’t do so flippantly.

      I respect Brunner’s business experience, and it’s cool to see an alum from a Christian university like Harding run for office (my sister went there). I was disappointed though to see that although Brunner solicited Governor Palin’s endorsement, he seems to dismiss it as a “celebrity” endorsement when he didn’t receive her support.

      Overall, I’ll leave this to the wisdom of the people of Missouri, and it’s great to see that all of the GOP candidates look poised to have the support needed to defeat McCaskill. That is what I most forward to in November.

  3. Annie

    FiredUp, I don’t think having run for office before is a pre-requisite for being part of the “Establishment”. This is a crucial election, and we are vetting candidates like never before. What do you think are Brunner’s strengths, and what qualifies him to be the candidate that will best represent the people of Missouri? While reading your comments, I could feel your passion about this race. However, I was not pursuaded by your excessive use of negative rhetoric, and found your table-pounding predictions of Palin’s political demise over-the-top and offensive. So, as far as accepting your words as fact, guess I’d have to say, “I’m from Missouri.”

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