Sarah Palin has now thrown herself back into Alaska politics -- and could be dredging up some old grudges -- endorsing former federal Magistrate Judge Joe Miller in his primary challenge against Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Back in December 2002, Lisa Murkowski was appointed to the Senate by her father, Gov. Frank Murkowski, after the elder Murkowski had previously served in the Senate seat until his election as governor. At the time, Palin was believed to be on the list of possible appointees before Lisa Murkowski was picked. The appointment of his own daughter had horrible political repercussions for Frank Murkowski -- and in 2006, he was defeated in a landslide in the Republican primary by Sarah Palin.
Palin writes on her Facebook page: "I share Joe's belief that we are at a critical time in our nation's history and the status quo will no longer do. Unfortunately, Lisa Murkowski and much of the political establishment have recently evolved into being a bigger part of the big government problem in Washington, and they've strayed from the principles upon which they had espoused."