Though Sarah Palin may be staying silent about her potential bid for an Alaskan Senate seat, the Tea Party and GOP are becoming more vocal about their hopes for her.
The Tea Party has unwaveringly expressed support for Palin's possible run, but the GOP has been less than enthusiastic about welcoming back the controversial former governor to the national stage.
Since the 2008 presidential campaign, when Palin ran alongside John McCain as his vice-presidential candidate, she hasn't spent much time in her home state. Palin even resigned as governor of Alaska shortly after losing the presidential race with 18 months still to go in her term in order to pursue other interests - mainly a TLC television show and a Fox News correspondent gig.
“I think there are a lot of outside interests that would like to see Sarah Palin in some form of elected office. Most in Alaska recognize our former governor is really not involved in or engaged in the state anymore, that she’s moved to other interests,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). “In order for you to represent the state of Alaska, you’ve got to be in the state.”
A Harper Polling survey earlier this month showed Palin with a soft lead over another potential Republican Senate candidate, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, 32 percent to 30 percent.
Republicans and the Tea Party officials have identified current Democratic Sen. Mark Begich (Alaska) as vulnerable, and some believe Palin would be able to unseat him given her national ties. Murkowski, however, has hinted that she’s less than pleased with Palin.
“I just do not think that she has those leadership qualities, that intellectual curiosity that allows for building good and great policies,” Murkowski told CBS’s Katie Couric.
Despite that, Tea Party activists will remain persistent in their support until Palin does make her intentions more clear.