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.
“I would think she would want to at least speak briefly to the new head of the Alaska Republican Party,” Peter Goldberg told Alaska Public Media (APM) on Thursday. “But no, never met the lady. Never spoken to her.”
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.
ABC News reported on Friday that Palin has also begun publicly sparring with Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) after Begich told Politico that she “may not survive” a Republican primary and brought up her resignation from the governorship in 2009.
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.