Former vice-presidential candidate and governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin announced she will be running for Congress in her home state to replace the late Republican Rep. Don Young.
“Public service is a calling, and I would be honoured to represent the men and women of Alaska in Congress, just as Rep Young did for 49 years,” Palin said in a statement.
“America is at a tipping point,” she continued. “As I’ve watched the far left destroy the country, I knew I had to step up and join the fight. The people of the great State of Alaska, like others all over the country, are struggling with out-of-control inflation, empty shelves, and gas prices that are among the highest in the world.”
Palin will join a crowded field of nearly 40 candidates running to replace Young who died last month.
Before the announcement Palin hinted that she might return to politics, telling right wing outlet Newsmax that she would consider it an honor to run for Young’s seat.
“Oh my goodness, think of those huge shoes that are to be filled when we consider Don Young’s longevity and his passion, his love, his fighting spirit for our wonderful state of Alaska, and for the nation as a whole,” Palin told Newsmax. “If I were asked to serve in the House and take his place, I would be humbled and honored and I would in a heartbeat, I would.”
Young, the longest-serving member of Congress, died last month while traveling home to Alaska. He was 88. According to the New York Times, Friday was the deadline to file official paperwork for candidates interested in filling the seat. The Alaska Division of Elections had received submissions from 37 candidates by Friday afternoon.