Sarah Pauline, a former governor of Alaska and Republican vice president of the Republican Party in 2008, said Friday she would run for Alaska’s only congressional seat. Define the Republican Party.
He will join the crowded field with nearly 40 candidates to fill the vacant House seat of Rep. Dan Youngl, whose untimely death last month sparked the biggest political change in the state in 50 years.
In a statement to Ms Pauline, Mr. He said he planned to respect Young’s tradition, while at the same time drawing a dystopian picture of a nation in crisis, criticizing the “extreme left,” high gas prices, inflation and illegal immigration.
“The United States is at a critical juncture,” he said in a statement. “When I saw the extreme left destroying the country, I knew I had to fight.”
Ms Pauline has been campaigning for the presidency since August 2008, when Senator John McCain ousted her and nominated her to run for the Republican presidency.
But after a long hiatus from political life, Ms Pauline has pointed out in recent weeks that she is more active than ever in running for office again. When she recently appeared with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Ms Pauline said, “There is a time and season for everything.”
He also met with former President Donald J. Called Trump an inspiration. The two shared a platform when they backed him as president in 2016. “We need people like Donald Trump who have nothing to lose. Like me, ”he said.
At Conservative Cable Network Newsmax, last week Mr. He did not rule out the possibility of running for Young’s seat, saying he considered it an honor. “If you ask me to serve in the church and take his place, I will be humbled and honored.” Told Ms Pauline Network. “In the heartbeat, I will.”
In her statement on Friday, Ms Pauline pointed out the legacy of her service in Alaska, where she was first elected to the city council in Vasilla three decades ago. He said he still lives in Vasilla, adding that his allegiance to the government would remain even if he was sent to Washington.
Echoing the red meat politics that motivated Republican voters, he said the nation needed leaders who would “fight against the socialist, grand government of the left, the last agenda of the United States.”
His decision to enter the race came as he received national attention for pursuing a defamation suit against the New York Times.
Ms Pauline said she had been slandered when The Times published it 2017 Editorial Misrepresents his political rhetoric with a mass shooting. An arbitral tribunal The suit was thrown away, A day after the federal judge mentioned the case, said he would reject the claims if the jury ruled in his favor because his legal team had failed to meet the high legal standards for defamatory public figures. The Times acknowledged and corrected the questionable error as soon as it was published, and has not lost a defamation suit in a U.S. courtroom for at least 50 years.
The 88-year-old Mr. Young, a longtime Republican in Congress and first elected in 1973, died on March 18. The confrontation between potential candidates to fill his outdated term began almost immediately. Friday is the deadline for filing official documents, and the Alaska faction elections received submissions from 37 candidates Friday afternoon.
The special election will be held on June 11. The first four candidates with the most votes advance to the August 16 special general election. The state is using the unique “Top Four” system for the first time. Mr. The regular open primary and special general election for the Youngs seat take place on the same day, which leads to confusion.
Mrs. Pauline will face far-right and institutional Republican rivals, including Nick Beckish III, the Republican heir to the Alaskan political royal family; State Senator Joshua Revak, formerly Mr. Iraqi war veteran who served for the Young; And Tara Sweeney, who served as Assistant Secretary of State for Indian Affairs in the Trump administration.
“He definitely has a block,” Mr said. Art Hockney, Reveck’s campaign adviser, said of Mr Pauline, Mr. He said “whoever wants to file” must “bring it” to defeat Rewak.
Al Gross, a former orthopedic surgeon, lost the Senate in 2020 and is running as an independent, and will face some strong progressive challenges from Ms Pauline, including Christopher Constant, an outspoken gay Democrat who is a member of the Anchorage Assembly.
Ms Pauline, one of three women running for the presidency of a major party, refused to run for president in 2012, when many of Mr Trump’s supporters persuaded her to run against former rivals. President Barack Obama.
Recently, he came back to Fox News, which once hired him as a contributor for $ 1 million a year, laying the foundation for his campaign.