Sarah Palin, the former vice-presidential candidate and governor of Alaska, has announced her return to politics, aiming to run for Congress in her home state in a special election to replace the late Republican Don Young.
“Public service is a 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,” Ms. Palin wrote in a statement Friday.
The Alaskan politician, who gained national fame and at times mockery as part of John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid, said she was seeking to return to Washington to “fight the socialist agenda of the left, big government, America-last”.
“America is at a tipping point,” she continued. “As I watched the far left destroy the country, I knew I had to step up and join the fight. People in the great state of Alaska, like others across the country, are grappling with inflation out of control, empty shelves and some of the highest gas prices in the world.
Rep. Young, the longest-serving member of Congress, died in march at 88 after losing consciousness on a flight from Los Angeles to Seattle.
The primary for Young’s seat is scheduled for June 11, with a general election on August 16.
The contest will be the first to implement the state’s new election platform, which includes an open, nonpartisan primary, with the top four winners competing in a ranked general election.
Ms Palin aligned herself with Donald Trump, telling Sean Hannity of Fox News in March: “We need people like Donald Trump, who has nothing to lose. Like me! We’ve got nothing to lose, and no more of that vanilla milquetoast namby-pamby wussy-pussy stuff that’s been going on. That’s why our country is in the mess that we’re in, because the people who run for office, they see it as a job, as a business, rather than a calling.
The former governor of Alaska also had endorsed Mr. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Some have argued that Ms Palin’s outrageous style was a precursor to the former president’s own made-for-TV political ambitions.
“Would there be a Donald Trump without Sarah Palin? It’s hard to imagine Trump coming out of nowhere. Sarah Palin paved the way for Donald Trump,” Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota, Recount The Guardian in February.