Sarah Palin, who was the Republicans 2008 vice presidential candidate, endorsed Rob Maness in the Louisiana race for the U.S. Senate, Maness’s campaign announced Thursday.

“In the Louisiana Senate race we have the opportunity to send a true conservative and a real warrior to join that fight. So, today I am lending my support to retired Col. Rob Maness for U.S. Senate,” Palin said, according to the Maness campaign. She was governor of Alaska when she joined the GOP presidential ticket headed by U.S. Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, in the 2008 election.

“I sought the endorsement of Gov. Palin because she is truly one of us who became a great public servant for her town, and her state, and our nation,” Maness said. “She is passionate about restraining the scope of the federal government particularly in our energy sector and in our healthcare decisions. She knows that we are taxed enough already and that the American people unhindered by government can do great things for themselves, for each other, and for the country.”

Maness also released his first television commercial on Thursday. It shows Maness wrangling an alligator. “One moment of weakness, and the alligators can eat you alive,” he says. “So when I get to Washington, I’ll stand up to the big-spenders.”

Maness faces Republicans U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, and state Rep. Paul B. Hollis, of Covington a long with Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is seeking her fourth term in the Nov. 4 election.

National political handicappers are writing that despite holding one of the most powerful positions, chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Landrieu is vulnerable as a true blue Democrat running in a deep red Republican state.

Palin criticized Cassidy, whom she calls the candidate of “the GOP establishment,” as a is moderate and voted to raise the debt ceiling and for hate crimes legislation.

“Come on, GOP, is this the best we can do? I say no. Let’s come together and unite behind conservative warrior Col. Rob Maness - a proven fighter for freedom,” Palin wrote.