Palin backs another seven candidates; hits Rep. Etheridge for 'turning violent'

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) rolled out a new slate of endorsements of Republican women on her Facebook page Wednesday, including congressional candidate Renee Ellmers in North Carolina.

Ellmers gained some brief national attention earlier this summer after a video surfaced of her opponent, Rep. Bob Etheridge (D), in an altercation with a student on a street near the U.S. Capitol.

Palin references the incident in her endorsement of Ellmers, writing, "Renee has an uphill battle against a truly out of touch incumbent who made news not too long ago when he was caught on video assaulting a student who asked him if he supported the Obama agenda."

Palin continues: "Simple enough question, but this Democrat congressman who’s been in Washington for 14 years turned violent rather than answer it."

Despite the video incident, Ellmers is still considered a long-shot contender this fall. 

Palin used the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment as the occasion for endorsing "another group of strong American women who continue this tradition of service to our country."

Palin is also backing Martha Roby, who's considerably less of a long shot. She's running against Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.), a Blue-dog Democrat who occupies one of the country's most conservative congressional districts. 

Palin endorsed another two congressional candidates — Jackie Walorski, who's running against Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Vicki Hartzler, who's taking on Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.). 

Palin's also backing attorney general candidates Pam Bondi in Florida and Brenna Findley in Iowa. In Alabama, she endorsed Beth Chapman, who's running for secretary of state. 

As the Ballot Box noted earlier, Palin is on a losing streak this month when it comes to her endorsements, which she alluded to Wednesday in her Facebook post.

"Regardless of whether the many candidates I’ve had the honor of endorsing win or lose this time around, I support them because they boldly shake things up in their primary races," Palin wrote.

It's also worth noting that just one of the candidates Palin endorsed Wednesday still faces a primary this cycle — Pam Bondi in Florida.

Given the losses of Clint Didier in Washington state and Rita Meyer in Wyoming on Tuesday, Palin is 0 for 5 so far this month when it comes to candidates she has backed.