Sarah Palin has turned down a request by the Tea Party Nation's Judson Phillips to "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" and run for chair of the Republican National Committee. In a statement to ABC News
, the former governor of Alaska said she won't run for RNC chair despite the urging of the national tea party group she helped gain political prominence.
"I respect the desire to have someone in charge of the RNC who understands the wishes of the conservative grassroots and understands that power resides with the people and not the vested interests in DC," Palin said in response to Phillips' offer.
"However, the primary role of the RNC chair seems be that of fundraiser-in-chief, and there are others who would probably be much more comfortable asking people for money than I would be, and they would definitely enjoy it more."
In a letter to Palin on Monday, Phillips wrote that "right now, your country needs you as the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. You have shown in the past no hesitation to take on the establishment. You did it in Alaska. If we end up with establishment control of the GOP and their support for an establishment candidate in 2012, [President Barack] Obama and the socialists will have won.
"An establishment candidate will not work to repeal Obamacare and the other programs Obama, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid have put in place. We need someone who will put conservatives in control of the party apparatus, not RINOs."
Since running as the vice-presidential candidate on the Republican Party ticket in 2008, Palin has raised millions for her grassroots political action committee, most of which has come in through small donations via the Internet. Palin also helped the RNC with fundraising mailers and appearances throughout the 2010 primary season in support of tea party candidates, many of which won their respective elections.
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