Sarah Palin says she has ‘nothing to lose’ in House campaign: AP

  • Sarah Palin said she would focus on Alaska if she won a special election to represent the state in Congress.
  • Palin sought to allay fears that she would not be a serious lawmaker or seek another position.
  • β€œIt would be all about Alaska,” Palin told The Associated Press of her campaign.

Former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin said if she wins a congressional seat, her focus would be on the people of Alaska, comments that come as her political comeback is greeted by a chilling reception in some quarters of the state and the Republican Party over whether she would be a serious lawmaker.

Palin told The Associated Press that her fame would be an asset, not a liability to the state, adding that she could “pick up the phone and call any reporter and go on any show if I wanted, and it would be all about Alaska.”

“I love working, and everyone around me knows that,” she told the AP in an interview published Wednesday. “What I do is apply for a job, for Alaskans, saying, ‘Hey, you’d be my boss. Would you hire me? Because if you do, I’ll do a great job for you. , and I will not back down.'”

Addressing her detractors, Palin said she had “nothing to lose” and added “what more can they say?”

Former President Donald Trump quickly endorsed Palin’s candidacy to replace Rep. Don Young, who became the longest-serving Republican in House history while representing Alaska for nearly half a century. But other Alaskans told reporters they weren’t so sure about their former governor.

A longtime pollster from Alaska found favor at just 31% last October, Politico reported. Many remain frustrated that she resigned as governor shortly after she and Sen. John McCain failed to secure the White House in 2008. Since then, she has been a regular on Fox News, a potential presidential candidate, a reality TV host, and even a contestant on Fox’s “The Masked Singer.”

“Well, I’m sorry if that narrative is there because it’s inaccurate,” Palin told the AP of feelings she resigned from the state. Palin said she quit because of ethics and records requests that became a distraction.

It also doesn’t help matters that Palin’s past doesn’t sit well with some of Alaska’s current elected officials either. Chief among these is Palin ousting Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski’s father, Frank, from the governorship in 2006. Murkowski recently told Insider and other reporters that she couldn’t remember the last time that she had seen Palin in the state.

Even more curious was the reception among the “Momma Grizzlies” and other Republican officials who once touted Palin’s support. Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, a member of the Senate GOP leadership, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and other senators all had a lukewarm response to Insider’s questions about whether they supported Palin’s return. .

“Call my press office,” Cruz told Insider three times. Cruz once said that he would never have been in the bedroom “if it hadn’t been for Governor Sarah Palin.”

The race to succeed Young is extremely tight. Fifty candidates filed for the seat in a special election, including a councilman from the North Pole, Alaska, who is legally named Santa Claus.

Alaskans also endorsed ranked ballots in 2020, fundamentally changing the dynamics of the state. The June 11 special primary will also be the first statewide election held by mail. The top four candidates will move on to a general election in August where ranking voting will be used.

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