Palin says McMahon’s a ‘mama grizzly’

Sarah Palin has pronounced Republican Linda McMahon one of her “mama grizzlies” on the Fox News Channel, a development quickly publicized Thursday – by McMahon’s opponent.

McMahon’s U.S. Senate campaign reacted coolly to the unsolicited video embrace by Palin, who is hardly uniformly popular among Republicans or unaffiliated voters in the northeast.

“Palin’s certainly entitled to make any opinion on any race that she would like,” said Ed Patru, McMahon’s communication director. “Linda is running her own race, and she’ll continue to do that through election day.”

Democrat Richard Blumenthal’s campaign shared video of Palin’s remarks about McMahon, offering no additional comment.

Palin made her remarks in an interview with Sean Hannity in which she described mama grizzlies as fighting for the next generation.

“And Linda’s a part of that,” Palin said

McMahon’s campaign has been wary of being associated with some of the Republicans who have won upset victories in recent months, but she is not averse to all outside help.

She is campaigning Saturday in Milford with U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, the Republican who won the late Ted Kennedy’s seat in a special election.