Governor Sarah Palin and Senator Ted Cruz at recent CPAC event
By Gary P Jackson
If you are a Conservative, you may have gotten a few e-mails from a Washington, D.C. based group called the Tea Party Leadership Fund. These letters will be signed by a man named Todd Cefaratti.
The letter states they are looking to “Draft Sarah Palin” into making a run at Alaska’s Senate seat in 2014, a seat now held by democrat Mark Begich. This of course has caused quite a stir, and unfortunately many have sent their hard earned money to this crew.
Recently, the group commissioned a poll of Alaskans, looking to legitimize their efforts.
Harper Polling found these results:
Former Governor Sarah Palin leads a Republican primary ballot with the three most likely candidates: Palin, Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell and 2010 GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller.
GOP Primary Ballot:
Palin leads slightly among both men and women at +1% and +4% respectively.
Among voters who describe themselves as “very conservative”, Palin’ s lead grows to 20% over Treadwell (43%-23%).
In a head-to-head match up against Miller, who has officially formed an exploratory committee,Palin leads 52-19%
Treadwell leads Miller 45%-26% in a hypothetical match-up.
Of the three candidates, Governor Palin boasts the strongest image with 62% of GOP voters holding a favorable opinion of her.
Additionally, the survey measured voter opinion about key characteristics of the three Republican candidates. When asked which candidate would “fight hardest for conservative values”, voters decidedly chose Palin over Miller and Treadwell.
Fight Hardest for Conservative Values:
Among “somewhat conservative” and “very conservative” voters, Palin leads by +35% and +4% respectively.
When asked which candidate would be the “strongest person to take on liberal Democrats in Washington,”
Alaska Republicans again picked Palin.
Strongest to Take On Washington Democrats:
These are great numbers for Governor Palin, but not surprising for any one who has followed her for any length of time. Governor Palin has consistently polled better than any Republican in pretty much any situation.
I’m reminded that during the 2012 election cycle, well into March of 2012, long after the field had settled a bit, Governor Palin was still far more popular than any of the actual candidates, and was seen by voters as a possible “unity candidate” had there actually been a floor fight at the convention.
It makes perfect sense that Alaskans, as well as Americans in general would be excited at the prospect of Governor Palin joining such leaders as Ted Cruz and Rand Paul on Capitol Hill. The problem is, Governor Palin has no intentions of running for that seat, nor is she happy with this so-called “Draft Sarah effort.
On Friday Tim Crawford, Treasurer of SarahPAC issued the following statement:
Governor Palin is grateful and honored by those Americans who support her and her beliefs. However, the draft Sarah Palin for Senate fundraising campaign initiated by the Tea Party Leadership Fund is not authorized, endorsed or supported by Governor Palin or SarahPAC.
It doesn’t get any plainer than that. As of Monday, the Tea Party Leadership Group was still trying to raise money off of Governor Palin’s good name, despite her admonishment.
I did some research on how this group has used it’s money. In 2012 the group spent $169,172.00, mostly in opposition of Barack Obama. They only supported 5 Republican candidates for a total of $26,972.00.
For the 2014 election cycle, the group has only supported one candidate so far, Paul McKinley from Illinois, for a total of $25,782.86.
This group, which counts Niger Innis as a “senior adviser” troubles me greatly. I don’t care for groups that use Governor Palin, or any other figure to raise money, knowing that person has no interest in that effort. It seems the idea here is to not only raise money, but build a significant email list, perhaps for sale to the highest bidder.
If Governor Palin decides to run for political office, I’m pretty sure she’ll make an announcement well ahead of that run. In the mean time, there are real candidates that could use your help, and legit groups to donate to. Governor Palin has said she will be working hard to help elect Conservatives in 2014. She’ll need your help as well.
Frankly, and this is just my personal opinion, the Senate would be a severe waste of Governor Palin’s talents. Sarah Palin is a proven CEO, a leader. There is really only one office that fits her tremendous talents, and the address is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, D.C.