(AL.com) — Sarah Palin, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore's most high-profile supporter, rallied on behalf of the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice in Montgomery on Thursday, connecting Moore's Republican opponent and current Sen. Luther Strange to the Washington culture that Republican voters rejected in November.
Palin, the former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor who has gained a wide following with conservative Republicans, was given a standing ovation at Union Station on an Indian summer night, as cell phone camera flashes went off from the crowd.
She also said Strange's appointment by then-Gov. Robert Bentley amounted to "quid pro quo," referring to the then-attorney general office's investigation of Bentley involving the potential use of state resources to cover up an affair.
"Getting the job of the temporary Senate seat, being handed the job by the politician who's now gone because corruption, whatever," Palin said, trailing off. "I don't know what you guys call it, but up in Alaska we call it quid pro quo, which I think is an old Eskimo term for that which fertilizes the swamp."
Palin drew connections between Strange and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is backing the incumbent in next week's Republican runoff and whose aligned super PAC has spent millions of dollars attacking Moore.
"Make no mistake: Big Luther is Mitch McConnell's guy," she said. "On Tuesday, you get to tell [the establishment], 'Hey, our movement isn't over and it's not slowing down."