Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R) suggestion she may run for a Senate office in Alaska has been received less than warmly by both current lawmakers and the public at large, with the leader of the state GOP saying Palin never contacted him about the idea.
Goldberg told APM the closest he had come to Palin was watching her speak from about 30 feet away at the 2010 state Republican convention, in response to the former vice-presidential candidate’s remark to Fox News host Sean Hannity on July 9 that she was considering running for office, but wanted to see if “new energy” emerged from the current crop of Republican candidates.
If Palin does follow through, she would likely face current Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) and Tea Party candidate Joe Miller. Palin endorsed Miller in his successful bid to defeat Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in the 2010 primary, but Murkowski was re-elected after a successful write-in campaign.
Palin responded by assailing him in a Facebook post, deriding him for voting for the Affordable Care Act, as well as for allegedly voting in agreement with Democratic Senators like Harry Reid (D-NV) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “approximately 90% of the time.”
But a Huffington Post/YouGov poll released on Saturday showed that Palin’s prospects were not met with enthusiasm by the public, either, with 49 percent of respondents saying they did not want her to hold another political office, compared to 35 percent backing her.
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
Raw Story is a progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media. While giving coverage to the big stories of the day, we also bring our readers' attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories that get ignored in an infotainment culture driven solely by pageviews.
Founded in 2004, Raw Story reaches 9 million unique readers per month and serves more than 30 million pageviews.