Sarah Palin announces candidacy for Congress in Alaska

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) announced Friday that she is running for Congress to fill the vacancy left by the late Rep. Don Young (R-AK).

“Today I am announcing my candidacy for the seat in the US House of Representatives from Alaska. Public service is a calling, and I would be honored to represent the men and women of Alaska in Congress, as Rep. Young has done for 49 years,” Palin said in a statement.

Palin’s announcement comes a week after she told Newsmax she would fill the vacancy “in a heartbeat”.

Alaska’s sole representative, Don Young, died last month at the age of 88. Young was the longest-serving member of the current Congress, having represented Alaska since 1973.

“I realize I have very big shoes to fill, and I intend to honor Rep. Young’s legacy by sacrificing myself in the name of service to the state he loved and fought for, because I share this 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 as I represent this great state in Washington, DC,” she added.


Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin arrives to submit her papers to run for Alaska’s seat in the US Congress April 1, 2022 in Alaska.

In 2006, Palin was elected Alaska’s ninth and first woman governor after defeating Alaska’s incumbent Republican governor and longtime US Senator Frank Murkowski, father of Alaska’s current Senator Lisa Murkowski, in a packed Republican primary. Prior to her term as governor, Palin served as chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the state’s top oil and gas regulator — a politically influential position in the energy-dependent state. As Alaska’s top energy regulator, Palin has garnered cross-party praise for exposing corruption within her own party. Her track record of fighting corruption was applauded by Alaskan voters as a number of state lawmakers came under federal scrutiny over corrupt pay-for-play deals with major oil companies that do business in Alaska.

Palin rose to national prominence in 2008 when the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ) chose her as his running mate for his presidential campaign. Her vice presidential debate against then-Sen. Joe Biden drew a record nearly 70 million viewers, surpassing the previous week’s presidential debate between McCain and then-Sen. Barack Obama. Although the McCain/Palin ticket lost that year as the Republican Party as a whole was marred by the financial collapse and unpopular wars launched by the previous Republican administration of George W. Bush, Palin remained a popular one after the election figure in national politics.

After leaving the governorship, Palin took action during the historic 2010 midterm election, using the considerable power of her support and the momentum of the Tea Party movement to start a red wave that returned control of the House to Republicans. Palin’s support has often been referred to as “the gold standard” for conservative voters, leading Politico to call her the GOP’s “kingmaker.” In 2012, former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint said Palin’s endorsement “has more impact in the primary than any other endorsement right now.” Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who was endorsed by Palin in his first back-to-back Senate campaign, said in 2013, “Sarah Palin picks winners.”

Palin went on to be among the first and most prominent political figures to support Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

In her announcement today, she cited President Joe Biden’s economic failures as reasons for her decision to run for Congress.

Palin said:

America is at a turning point. As I watched the far left destroy the country, I knew I had to stand up and join the fight. The people of the great state of Alaska, like others across the country, are struggling with runaway 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 get 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 fight the left’s socialist agenda, the big government and America Last agendas,” Palin said.

“This country was built by heroes, and the far left is dishonoring their legacy by opening our borders to illegal immigrants, pawning our children’s futures and selling our nation’s interests to the highest bidder,” she added.

The Alaska Division of Elections received submissions from Palin and 36 other candidates by Friday’s registration deadline. Sarah Palin announces candidacy for Congress in Alaska

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