Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) broke her silence on the rumors she may be heading to Congress to fill the seat made vacant by the death of Alaska Rep. Don Young. ( See video below)
Palin said: “Think of those huge shoes that are to be filled when we consider Don Young’s longevity and his passion, his love, his fighting spirit for our wonderful state of Alaska and for the nation as a whole.
“If I were asked to serve in the House and take his place, I would be humbled and honored and I would. Yeah, in a heartbeat I would. We’ll see how this process is going to go in terms of filling that seat but it would be an honor.”
Newsmax host Eric Bolling said he would love to see the ex-governor and former vice presidential candidate in Congressional hearings before asking if she was up for the challenge.
“Well, you know, when you have nothing to lose.
“When the media has already clobbered you, as bad as you can get clobbered, and the haters, you’re not going to change their mind.
“But you have faith that there are enough Americans who understand where you’re coming from, your love for the country, your service heart.
“I think it would be good for my family even.
“Yeah, I’d serve,” she said.
From The AP:
Rep. Don Young, the longest-serving Republican in House history, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on March 29, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday.
Young’s office announced the congressman’s death in a statement Friday night. He was 88.
Young, who was first elected to the House in 1973, was known for his brusque style and for bringing federal investment to the state. He was elected in 2020 to serve his 25th term as Alaska’s only member.
Pelosi’s office said a formal ceremony will be held with the Young family, which will be open to invited guests. Following the memorial service, there will be viewing open to members of Congress. Lying in state is an honor traditionally bestowed upon American political and military leaders. Young will lie in state in National Statuary Hall.
Pelosi had said after Young’s passing that he was an “institution” in Congress.
“The photographs of him with ten presidents of both parties who signed his bills into law that proudly cover the walls of his Rayburn office are a testament to his longevity and his legislative mastery,” she said.
President Joe Biden said few legislators left a greater mark on their state than Young.
“Don’s legacy lives on in the infrastructure projects he delighted in steering across Alaska,” Biden said.