Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (right) announced Friday that she is running for Congress to fill the vacant seat left by the late Rep. Don Young (R-AK).
“Today I am announcing my candidacy for the United States 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 like Rep. Young did for 49 years,” Palin said in a statement.
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“Today I am announcing my candidacy for the United States 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 like Rep. Young has done for 49 years.–SP pic.twitter.com/pdMpeDGlRV
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) April 2, 2022
Palin’s announcement comes a week after she told Newsmax she would fill the vacant seat “in a heartbeat.”
Alaska’s only representative, Don Young, died last month at the age of 88. Young was the longest serving member of current Congress having represented Alaska since 1973.
“I realize that I have very big shoes to fill, and I plan to honor Rep. Young’s legacy by offering myself on behalf of the service to the state he loved and for which he s is beat, because I share that passion for Alaska and the United States of America,” Palin continued.
“I first entered politics 30 years ago when I was elected to the Wasilla City Council. I still live in Wasilla; my family is here; my son goes to school here. My heart will always be in Alaska, even when I represent this great state in Washington, DC,” she added.
In 2006, Palin was elected Alaska’s ninth and first female governor, after defeating incumbent Republican Alaska governor and longtime U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski, the father of current Senator Lisa Murkowski, in a primary. crowded republican. Prior to her gubernatorial appointment, Palin served as chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the state’s primary oil and gas regulator — a politically powerful position in this dependent state. Energy. As Alaska’s top energy regulator, Palin has received bipartisan praise for exposing corruption in her own party. His proven track record in fighting corruption was welcomed by Alaskan voters at a time when a number of state lawmakers were under federal investigation for pay-as-you-go deals. corrupt act with major oil companies doing business in Alaska.
Palin rose to national prominence in 2008, when the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) chose her to be his running mate during his presidential campaign. His vice presidential debate against the then senator. Joe Biden drew a record nearly 70 million viewers, surpassing the previous week’s presidential debate between McCain and Sen. Barak Obama. Although the McCain/Palin ticket lost that year, as the Republican Party as a whole was tarnished by financial collapse and unpopular wars sparked by the previous Republican administration of George W. Bush, Palin remained a popular figure in national politics after the election. .
After leaving the governorship, Palin became active in 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 Representatives to Republicans. Palin’s endorsement was often called the “gold standard” for conservative voters, prompting Politico to call her the GOP’s “kingmaker.” In 2012, former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint said Palin’s endorsement “has more sway in the primaries than any other endorsement right now.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who was supported by Palin in her first Senate campaign from behind, said in 2013, “Sarah Palin picks the winners.”
Palin would later be among the first and most prominent political figures to endorse Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.
In her announcement today, she pointed to President Joe Biden’s economic failures as the reasons for her decision to run for Congress.
America is at a turning point. As I saw the extreme left destroying the country, I knew I had to step in and join the fight. Residents of the great state of Alaska, like others across the country, are grappling with spiraling inflation, empty shelves and some of the highest gas prices in the world. We need energy security for this country, and Alaska can help provide that – but only if the federal government steps aside and lets the free market do what it does best.
“At this critical moment in our nation’s history, we need leaders who will fight the left-wing socialist agenda, big government, America Last,” Palin said.
“This country was built by heroes, and the radical left is dishonoring their heritage by opening our borders to illegal immigrants, mortgaging the future of our children, and selling our nation’s interests to the highest bidder,” he said. she adds.
The Alaska Division of Elections received submissions from Palin and 36 other candidates before Friday’s filing deadline.