Tea Party Nation to Palin: "We need you as Chairman of the RNC"

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin signs her new book 'America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag,' Nov. 23, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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The Tea Party Nation wants Sarah Palin to be the new Republican National Committee chair and they've made it clear with a letter from its leader and founder, Judson Phillips.

"We need you as Chairman of the RNC," he said in the letter, which was posted on Talking Points Memo.

Phillips released the letter because Palin has "shown in the past no hesitation to take on the establishment." The letter warns that if an "establishment" candidate wins the nomination against President Obama in 2012, it will mean "Obama and the socialists will have won."

We need someone who will put conservatives in control of the party apparatus, not RINOs," he writes. Some on the right use the acronym RINO to refer to Republicans they disagree with as "Republicans in Name Only."

The letter also attacks current RNC chairman Michael Steele for spending money with "the gusto of a liberal." It urges that the Republican Party needs someone that can cut spending and be able to lead and energize the troops within the Republican Party.

"You have an unbelievable ability to light up a crowd and to raise money," said Phillips. "Both of which the Republican Party needs."

But soon after the letter was released, Palin announced she would not take them up on the offer. She released a statement saying she wasn't best suited for the position.

"The primary role of the RNC chair seems to be that of fundraiser-in-chief," said Palin according to Politico. "And there are others who would probably be much more comfortable asking people for money than I would be."

Several candidates for the post have announced their intentions in the past few weeks, including Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus, former Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis and former Missouri GOP Chairwoman Ann Wagner. Steele has not announced whether he'll run for reelection.

  • Vishal Persaud

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