07/19/2010 08:28 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sarah Palin Endorses Bob McConnell In Colorado's House District 3

Sarah Palin announced on her Facebook page today that she's supporting conservative Bob McConnell in his underdog bid to win the Republican nomination in Colorado's House District 3.

From Palin's Facebook page:

An endorsement's impact may be fickle and, as I warn the endorsed candidates, is oftentimes a double-edged sword. So I admire the boldness of Bob McConnell and Paul Gosar for accepting my support in their races for Congress! These two patriots are Commonsense Constitutional Conservatives who seek to limit government, protect our 2nd Amendment rights, respect the sanctity of life, support our strong military, and encourage free enterprise. Their work for these commonly held beliefs will help unite this exceptional nation.

Bob McConnell is considered a grassroots underdog candidate running a dynamic, prudent campaign to represent Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. Bob sometimes describes himself as a "recovering lawyer," but that's just one of his professions. Impressively, he's a retired Colonel and Airborne Ranger. He's a husband and the proud father of three and grandfather of seven, and he's a true American patriot who wants to serve his fellow Coloradans for all the right reasons. Bob knows that in times like these ordinary citizens must be bold and take a stand to return our country back to our Constitutional roots of limited and fiscally responsible government. A decorated combat veteran, Bob is supported by the honorable Combat Veterans for Congress, and was unique in being able to tell a rally crowd at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum that he's parachuted out of three of the aircraft in that museum! He's also an avid outdoorsman who climbed Mt. Everest and lived off the grid as a mountain guide for a number of years.

McConnell, who styles himself a "tea party candidate" is running against Scott Tipton, a state legislator and pottery company-owner from Cortez. In its endorsement of Tipton, the Durango Herald called McConnell, who captured the support of 45% of the party's delegates at the GOP assembly, "a pleasant man" whose "politics are off the deep end."

Tipton and McConnell are running for the right to face incumbent John Salazar in a general election.

A former Army Ranger from Steamboat Springs, McConnell has made gun rights a focus of his campaign, releasing this video in June: