On Friday, Sarah Palin, former vice-presidential candidate and running mate of Republican presidential hopeful John McCain in 2008, announced that she would run for the only seat in Alaska for the U.S. House of Representatives. This is her first attempt to return to public office after McCain lost the presidential elections in November and Barack Obama became the President of the United States of America.
Her candidacy was announced minutes before the deadline for filing for the special election seat would end. The former Alaska Governor released a statement on her Twitter account. It described the nation to be at a “tipping point” and that she watched the “far left destroy the country.” So she knew that she “had to step up and join the fight.”
While announcing her candidacy on the social media platform she also said that at this critical time in the history the nation, there was a need for leaders to combat what she described as the “socialist big-government, America-last agenda” of the left.
Republican Don Young, who was 88-years old, suddenly died in March. He had served in Congress for over four decades. Alaska’s House seat fell vacant after his demise.
There are a large number of candidates who are running for the vacant seat and the number is reportedly close to 40. The firebrand conservative Republican has a major advantage as she is a household name in the state. She has appeared at large gatherings on the conservative Republican circuit and has often lambasted the Democrats.
She had dropped hints on media, in the recent past that it was possible that she would run again. On Friday, an official website was set up in her name to collect funds for her candidacy. It said, “Sarah Is Running For Congress!” It also asked for support.
Palin reportedly filled her candidacy, after a conversation with former president Donald Trump last week, but her campaign did not respond, when asked for comment, according to a report in POLITICO.
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