In a welcome move, former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin officially joined a crowded field to replace the congressional seat vacated by the late Don Young. Young was 88 and held the seat since 1973.
In a tweet announcing her candidacy, Palin shared the following message:
“Today I’m announcing my candidacy for the U.S. House seat representing Alaska. Public service is a calling, and I would be honored to represent the men and women of Alaska in Congress, just as Rep. Young did for 49 years,”
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“Today I’m announcing my candidacy for the U.S. House seat representing Alaska. Public service is a calling, and I would be honored to represent the men and women of Alaska in Congress, just as Rep. Young did for 49 years.” – SP pic.twitter.com/pdMpeDGlRV
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) April 2, 2022
Sarah Palin’s political history stretches back several decades at this point. She had already been involved in Alaska politics as the chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission prior to her 2006 victory in the gubernatorial race against incumbent Frank Murkopwki. That name ought to be familiar to anyone who hates RINOs; his daughter Lisa has long held a Senate seat and been unreliable as a Republican voice. Murkowski faces re-election this fall against Donald Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka.
Breitbart reported on Palin’s announcement and provided further background on her more recent political career.
“After leaving the governorship, Palin became active during the historic 2010 midterm election, using the considerable power of her endorsements and the momentum of the Tea Party movement to usher in a red wave that returned the majority in the House of Representative to Republicans. Palin’s endorsement was often referred to as “the gold standard” for conservative voters, prompting Politico to call her the GOP’s “kingmaker.” In 2012, former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint said Palin’s endorsement “has more influence in primaries than any other endorsement right now.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who was endorsed by Palin in his first come-from-behind senate campaign, said in 2013, “Sarah Palin picks winners.”
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Palin would later be among the first and most high-profile political figures to endorse Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.”
You catch that? She supported Trump early on in his presidential campaign. Like Trump, Palin is an outsider looking to preserve what makes this country special. In announcing her bid, she sounded very much like the former president:
“America is at a tipping point. As I’ve watched the far left destroy the country, I knew I had to step up and join the fight. The people of the great State of Alaska, like others all over the country, are struggling with out-of-control inflation, empty shelves, and gas prices that are among the highest in the world.
We need energy security for this country, and Alaska can help provide that – but only if the federal government gets out of the way and lets the free market do what it does best.
At this critical time in our nation’s history, we need leaders who will combat the left’s socialist, big-government, America-last agenda.
“This country was built by heroes, and the radical left dishonors their legacies by opening our borders to illegal immigrants, mortgaging our children’s future, and selling out our nation’s interests to the highest bidder.”
Good luck, Ms. Palin. The country could use a patriot and outspoken voice for liberty.