Sarah Palin seeks to return to national politics by launching a bid for a House seat
In her first campaign for public office since 2008, former Alaska governor and former Republican running mate Sarah Palin announced Friday that she is running for Congress.
Palin, who was catapulted onto the national stage as Sen. John McCain’s running mate 14 years ago, embarked on a race to fill the seat occupied by GOP Rep. Don Young for nearly 50 years before his died last month.
“The Public Service is calling, and I would be honored to represent the men and women of Alaska in Congress, just as Rep. Young has done for 49 years,” Palin wrote in a statement. “America is at a crossroads. As I watched the far left destroy the country, I knew I had to step in and join the fight.”
In her announcement, Palin blasted “out of control inflation, empty shelves, and gas prices,” and vowed to “fight the socialist agenda of the left, big government, America last.”
“I am in this race to win it and join the fight for freedom alongside other patriots willing to sacrifice everything to save our country,” she wrote.
It’s unclear whether Palin has filed for a full term. She only said she threw her hat in the ring for the special election caused by Young’s death. More … than 40 the candidates have already submitted their file for the open special election.
Palin’s path to Congress will be complicated. The special primary is scheduled for June 11 – but it is open to any party affiliation. The top four voters will qualify for the August 16 special general election. The winner of the Special General Election will be determined by a ranking vote.
The winner will only serve a few months, the remaining part of Young’s term.
Palin, who helped usher in a new brand of GOP politics more than a decade ago, has already flirted with a return to Washington.
In 2016, NBC News reported that she had expressed interest and been in touch with Trump transition officials about a potential role in the administration.
Most recently, she made headlines for her libel lawsuit against The New York Times. She has lost two court battles so far.
While in New York for legal proceedings, Palin was criticized for returning to a restaurant in the city two days after testing positive for Covid-19. She was seen dining indoors even though she was not vaccinated against the virus.