Leaked e-mail fuels Palin for president speculation

October 6, 2010

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.

USA/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)

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[...] Joe Miller had (not) said about Sarah Palin’s qualifications for the presidency. Predictably, a media frenzy [...]

Talk about the Dumbing Down of America! Sarah Palin isn’t even smart enough to be in a “blonde” joke! She could NEVER play: “Are you as smart as a fifth grader!” But, then again, Daddy put the perpetual failure, Junior, into the office, so , why not?? We could just have another figurehead, while some great hunter, like Cheney, does the actual screw-ups! Does Sarah even know what the duties of a president are?? She didn’t know what a vice Pessident does and yet, she was anxious to get into the money!

Posted by OriginalMaerzie | Report as abusive

Gee, Sarah as “president” would be the ultimate path for Todd and his Alaskan Independence Party, wouldn’t it??! Nobody writes about the AIP anymore, and it is one of the most “RADICAL” parties on our continent!

Posted by OriginalMaerzie | Report as abusive

Good to see that the intellectual level of the left still holds true.

Why not just call her a “poopy-head” and get it over with?

Anyone that makes liberals foam at the mouth and blather can’t be all bad.

It all rather reminds me of the way they went after Hillary.

Hmm. Maybe it’s just a severe case of Latent Sexism on the part of liberals. It exibits itself in the same sterotypical rants…

Posted by bobw111 | Report as abusive

[...] Joe Miller had (not) said about Sarah Palin’s qualifications for the presidency. Predictably, a media frenzy [...]

@bobw111, of course I can see Sarah Palin going toe to toe with Ahmadinejad or Kim over nuclear proliferation, after somebody shows her where their countries are on a map.

She’d be in way over her head if she became president, and her hitching her wagon to the Tea Partiers is nothing but opportunism. That part she’s good at.

Posted by borisjimbo | Report as abusive