Missouri Congresswoman joins the Palin 'Truth Squad'



The online "sliming" of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin has taken its toll on the campaign, as a militant-sounding "Truth Squad" has been formed to tackle online detractors and flat-out fabrications against the Alaskan Governor.

U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson
  • U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson

From the Missouri Bootheel, a congresswoman has been drafted into the Squad, added just this afternoon to a revised press release.

U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson
  • U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson

U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, a republican who represents Missouri's 8th Congressional District, was added to the roster of primarily female lawmakers who will "counter recent attacks on Governor Sarah Palin, her family, her friends and her record of accomplishment," according to a press release sent out today by the McCain-Palin campaign. It appears that the only male member of the Truth Squad is Palin's second-in-command in Alaskan government, Lt. Governor Sean Parnell.

A small quibble before we go any further -- the release leads with the statement that a "Wall Street Journal 'report' stated that "pro-Obama Democrats have airdropped a mini-army" of investigators in Alaska to dig for dirt on Palin. It was in fact an op-ed column by John Fund, not a news report at all.

All this talk of truth squads, air-drops and mini-armies has us thinking McCain-Palin is declaring war on the Obama-Biden ticket. Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden, of course, was in Mehlville, Missouri today, saying the same thing as the McCain-Palin campaign, that "honesty" is needed.

So who's telling the truth? Who knows.

Here's the full roster of the McCain-Palin honest team. National Members Of The Palin Truth Squad: · Former Governor Jane Swift (R-MA) · Governor Linda Lingle (R-HI) · Lt. Governor Sean Parnell, (R-AK) · Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) · Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) · Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) · Congresswoman Thelma Drake (R-VA) ` Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (R, MO) · Congresswoman Mary Fallin (R-OK) · Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) · Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX) · Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) ` Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-MI) · Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-FL) · Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) · Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-NM) · Jo Ann Davidson, RNC Co-Chair · Rosario Marin, Former U.S. Treasurer · Meg Stapleton, Former Aide To Governor Palin · Kristan Cole, Lifelong Friend Of Governor Palin State Members Of The Palin Truth Squad: · Former Lt. Governor Jane Norton (CO) · State Representative Amy Stephens (CO) · State Board of Education Member Peggy Littleton (CO) · State Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff (FL) · County Commissioner Mildred Fernandez (FL) · Former Iowa Senate President And Former U.S. Ambassador To The Eastern Caribbean, Mary Kramer (IA) · State Representative Jackie Walorski (IN) · State Representative Laura Brod (MN) · Former GOP State Party Chairwoman And Former State Rep. Barb Sykora (MN) · Jayne Millerick, Former NH GOP Chair (NH) · State Senator Jennifer Beck, Honorary Co-Chair NJ Women For McCain-Palin (NJ) · Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, Honorary Vice Chair NJ Women For McCain-Palin (NJ) · Bergen County Clerk Kathe Donovan, Honorary Co-Chair NJ Women For McCain-Palin (NJ) · DA Dona Ana County Susana Martinez (NM) · Former Lt. Gov. Lorraine Bono-Hunt (NV) · State Senator Barbara Cegavske (NV) · State Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert (NV) · Sue Lowden, Nevada GOP Chair (NV) Kay Ayres, OH GOP Vice Chair (OH) · Betty Montgomery, Ohio Women For McCain-Palin Chair (OH) · Mary Taylor, Ohio Auditor Of State (OH) · Margie Hughes, Clackamas County Chair Of Women For McCain-Palin (OR) · Linda Neace, West Linn Small Business Owner For McCain-Palin (OR) · Deanna Smith, Women For McCain-Palin Chairwoman (OR) · Renee Amoore, PA GOP Deputy Chair (PA) · Joyce Haas, PA GOP Vice Chair (PA) · State Senator Lisa Baker (PA) · Diana Irey, Washington County Commissioner (PA) · Christine Toretti, RNC National Committeewoman and McCain-Palin Pennsylvania Co-Chair (PA) · Kim Ward, Westmoreland County Commissioner and McCain-Palin Pennsylvania Regional Chair (PA) · Former First Lady Susan Allen (VA) · Lori Ann Miller, Young Republican Federation Of VA Chairman (VA) · Former Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow (WI) · Peggy Oban Boze, McCain-Palin Chairwomen For King County (WA) · Susan McCaw, Former Ambassador To Austria (WA) · Della Newman, Former Ambassador To New Zealand (WA)


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