Is Sarah Palin for Senate push real or tea party ploy?

Sarah Palin at CPAC 2013Is there a possibility that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may have interest in running for the U.S. Senate in 2014?

While such a scenario is unlikely and Palin has given no indication that she is interested in a Senate seat, a tea party group is trying to draft her, according to U.S. News. Or are they?

The Tea Party Leadership Fund argues that incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Begich [D-AK] is vulnerable and his approval numbers support that claim, falling below 50% in a recent Public Policy Polling survey.

Nonetheless, while many are quick to rule Palin out for a presidential run in 2016, that is certainly a viable option for the still very popular conservative firebrand. A recent appearance at CPAC 2013, where she stole the show, is proof positive that she can still fire up the base like no other.

Beyond that, Palin understands the value of her current role in helping elect conservatives to office and is unlikely to limit her voice to being just one of a hundred. And, as U.S. News notes, she is believed to be currently residing in Arizona, not Alaska.

Palin has not been approached by the tea party group, which others see as a first step.

“I absolutely love her and I think she’s a breath of fresh air,” Amy Kremer, head of Tea Party Express, tells U.S. News. “But until she says that she’s going to put her name in… we’re not going to go out there and advocate for her to get in the race.”

In all likelihood, what is at play here is an all too predictable opportunistic ploy to use the popularity of Sarah Palin to harvest email addresses, the lifeblood of an effective grassroots fundraising effort. This being a common ailment that has plagued the tea party movement from the beginning.

The Tea Party Leadership Fund asks anyone interested in “drafting” Palin to sign an online petition that requires an email address.

For the record, The Tea Party Leadership Fund is a political action committee (PAC) based out of Washington, D.C. In the most recent FEC filing, the groups net contributions were $1.16 Million and their net operating expenditures were $731,383.

All filings are done by Dan Backer, the lead attorney for DB Capitol Strategies — a campaign finance and political compliance law firm. ‘Nuff said.


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