Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has announced that she will run for Congress after Republican Rep. Don Young passed away last month, leaving a vacancy in the U.S. House of Representatives.
"Today, I'm announcing my candidacy for the U.S. House seat representing Alaska. Public service is a calling, and I would be honored to represent the men and women of Alaska in Congress, just as Rep. Young did for 49 years," she wrote on Facebook last Friday.
"I realize that I have very big shoes to fill, and I plan to honor Rep. Young's legacy by offering myself up in the name of service to the state he loved and fought for, because I share that passion for Alaska and the United States of America."
Palin, 58, is best known for running as John McCain's GOP vice presidential candidate during the 2008 election. McCain and Palin lost in 2008 to President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden. In 2009, Palin also resigned as Alaska's governor.
Since then, Palin has kept herself in the public eye through other endeavors, including being a Fox News contributor and starring in the TLC reality series Sarah Palin's Alaska.
She also appeared as a contestant on Fox's "The Masked Singer" in 2020.
"America is at a tipping point. As I've watched the far left destroy the country, I knew I had to step up and join the fight," she wrote. "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."
"We need energy security for this country, and Alaska can help provide that – but only if the federal government gets out of the way and lets the free market do what it does best," Palin continued.
As reported by ABC News, a New York judge recently dismissed a libel lawsuit that Palin filed against the New York Times in 2017. In the lawsuit, she alleged that the newspaper publication intentionally tried to defame her by publishing a misleading editorial.
The judge, however, ruled in February that Palin was unable to prove "actual malice" by the Times. A subsequent verdict by the jury concurred with the judge's decision.
Representative Don Young, the Longest-Serving Member of the United States House of Representatives, Dead at 88
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