The former in-laws of Alaska GOP congressional candidate Sarah Palin are throwing an election-eve fundraiser – for her opponent. The 2008 Republican nominee for Vice President hopes to win her home state’s only congressional seat in a special ranked choice vote on Wednesday.
Palin is running against fellow Republican Nick Begich III and Democrat Mary Pelota for the seat left vacant by Rep. Don Young – also a Republican – who passed away in March of this year.
Sarah Palin’s former mother-in-law – and grandmother to Sarah and Todd Palin’s children – Faye Palin, insists the decision to back the opposition has nothing to do with ill feelings towards her ex-daughter-in-law. Instead, the elder Palin says it’s because she “only has one vote.
Posting on her Facebook page earlier in the year:
“Nick and I share similar views on what’s best for Alaska’s future. He’s the kind of guy that’ll roll up his shirt sleeves and work tirelessly for Alaskans.”
Nick Begich III is a tech entrepreneur and great-grandson of Democratic Rep. Nick Begich, who was a member of the House of Representatives when his plane crashed in Alaska in 1972 – his body was never found.
It should be noted that Faye Palin is also pro-choice – a position at odds with her ex-daughter-in-law’s staunch anti-abortion stance.
When Mrs. Palin ran for mayor in 2002 – ironically for the seat her then-daughter-in-law was vacating – she failed to get her son’s wife’s endorsement, per NBC News. Sarah Palin served as mayor of Wasilla from 1996-2002, leaving due to term limits.
The former beauty queen was picked to be then-Senator John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential race – a move many still believe cost him the presidency.
From the time he nominated Palin, she became a fixture in late-night comedy skits and a favorite of Saturday Night Live fans who thought comedian Tina Faye’s impression was spot on.
The now-infamous phrase “I can see Russia from my house,” became synonymous with who was almost the nation’s first woman VP. But what Palin actually said, when asked what it was like living so close to Russia in an ABC News interview on September 11, 2008, was:
“They’re our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.”
A lot has changed and also remained the same, since then. While Sarah Palin is still flubbing her way across the campaign trail, she’s doing it in a Trumpier, nationalist, America First kind of way. Let’s hope her former mother-in-law can help put Palin’s opponent on the ballot because if not, we’ll all need help.
Original reporting by Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling at The Daily Beast.
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