Leaked e-mail fuels Palin for president speculation
A leaked e-mail is providing more grist for speculation that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is seriously pondering a run for president in 2012.
In the e-mail, Palin’s husband, Todd Palin, complained to Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller and Tim Crawford, treasurer for Palin’s SarahPAC political organization, after Miller declined to endorse the possibility of a Palin presidential candidacy.
Sarah Palin had endorsed Miller in his successful Senate Republican nomination fight against incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, and it is clear from the e-mail that Todd Palin expected some loyalty in return.
Miller, asked on Fox News Sunday in September whether Palin was qualified to be president, was non-committal, saying, “I am not going to get distracted by other candidates.”
The Todd Palin e-mail was leaked to themudflats.net, an Alaska website that reports on Palin and other political figures in the state.
Todd Palin complained Sarah had put her reputation on the line for Miller “and yet he can’t answer a simple question.”
“Joe, please explain how this endorsement stuff works, is it to be completely one sided?” he wrote in the e-mail.
Palin, a champion of the conservative Tea Party movement, has fueled speculation that she might run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 by making some high-profile speeches, including a recent visit to the early voting state of Iowa.
Palin, who was John McCain’s vice presidential nominee in 2008, is among a large group of Republicans who may seek the right to challenge President Barack Obama’s re-election bid.
UPDATE: Todd Palin issued a statement in response to the e-mail flap to The Weekly Standard, saying “there’s no story here…”
Photo credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson (Sarah and Todd Palin at Time’s 100 most influential people in the world gala, May 4)