Former Alaksa Gov. Sarah Palin (R) endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the special election in New York's 23rd congressional district.

Palin became the latest Republican to back the national party establishment and endorse Hoffman over Dede Scozzafava in the special election to fill former Rep. John McHugh's (R) seat in Congress.

"Doug Hoffman is committed to ending the reckless spending in Washington, D.C. and the massive increase in the size and scope of the federal government," Palin said in a statment. "He is also fully committed to supporting our men and women in uniform as they seek to honorably complete their missions overseas."

The statement was provided by a Palin spokesman to the conservative Weekly Standard's John McCormack.

The race in the upstate New York district has exposed fault lines within the Republican base, with some party leaders pushing Scozzafava while more conservative figures have backed Hoffman, at risk of potentially splitting the GOP vote in the race.

Palin addressed the rift in her endorsement of Hoffman.

"Political parties must stand for something," Palin wrote. "Unfortunately, the Republican Party today has decided to choose a candidate that more than blurs the lines, and there is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race. This is why Doug Hoffman is running on the Conservative Party's ticket."