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Palin likely won’t run for Senate, but won’t shy from endorsing candidate in primary

palinOn Fox News Sunday, former Gov. Sarah Palin indicated that it was unlikely she would run for U.S. Senate, but said she wouldn’t shy from endorsing a candidate in the GOP primary. She said that although Sen. Ted Cruz and other “good guys” in the Senate need “reinforcements,” any reinforcement likely won’t include her.

“It takes someone who has the stomach and the patience that are necessary to live and dwell in the cesspool that is D.C., which is really quite corrupt,” she said. “I have young children. I want to keep them nice and pure.”

She did, however, suggest that she’s going to endorse another candidate in the GOP primary.

“I would endorse someone,” she said. “I’ve never been one to shy away from calling it like I see it, and putting my money on someone who is willing to serve for the right reasons, do the right thing, and not be a typical go-along-to-get-along politician. Certainly not a RINO,” Palin said.

It’s unclear who would get her endorsement. So far, former candidate Joe Miller and current Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell have officially announced that they are running. Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan is also expected to jump in.

Palin had been a Miller supporter in 2010, but that relationship might have irrevocably soured when Miller failed to say whether or not Palin was qualified to be president.

If she has a personal relationship with Treadwell, it’s gone under the radar. He wasn’t part of her administration and she and Treadwell’s mentor Wally Hickel had a strained relationship. Too, Treadwell told Politico that he would be “surprised” if Palin made an endorsement in the GOP primary. Palin doesn’t cotton well to politicians saying what she will and won’t do.

However, Treadwell is positioning himself as a family values candidate, and has made repealing ObamaCare one of his main campaign issues, as has Palin.

Palin recruited Sullivan to be Alaska’s attorney general, but it’s unclear if his ideology will align with hers.

Contact Amanda Coyne at amandamcoyne@yahoo.com


Unlike other candidates for U.S. Senate, Joe Miller isn’t dithering

You can say a lot about Joe Miller, and as time goes on, much will be said. But, unlike other potential GOP candidates for U.S. Senate, you can’t accuse him of being a ditherer.

Politico is reporting that on May 2 — weeks ago — Miller filed a Federal Election Commission Form 2 stating his intent to run for Senate next year. “It’s a document that any candidate must complete upon receiving more than $5,000 in contributions to a political campaign or authorizing another party to take in over $5,000 in contributions,” Politico wrote.

In the meantime, Lt. Mead Treadwell is still testing the waters. On May 6 he told reporters that he was, “intensifying our efforts to explore the viability of a run for the U.S. Senate in 2014.”

He said this after Gov. Sean Parnell announced that he wouldn’t go for the seat, signaling to the state that Treadwell may believe that Parnell would be a better candidate than he would. Or, at the very least, that Treadwell would have stepped aside for the sake of decorum.

That’s one way to come out of the gate with conviction in what is likely to be the most expensive, hard fought race in Alaska history.

Another much talked about candidate, DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan, is also reported to be deciding. Or dithering.

And this just in: Sources inside the beltway have confirmed that Sarah Palin has commissioned an in-depth Alaskan poll to determine if she stands a chance at the seat. She doesn’t, and she likely won’t run. But at least her dithering is interesting.

Contact Amanda Coyne at amandamcoyne@yahoo.com