Sarah Palin has emerged as a strong last-minute candidate for secretary of Veterans Affairs, reportedly with the backing of President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, in a race for the coveted post that Scott Brown is also fighting for.
The sudden appearance of the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate adds to a public parade of candidates being considered to manage the sprawling Department of Veterans Affairs.
Palin, who like Brown was an ardent and early backer of Trump, took to Facebook yesterday in the wake of reports that she was being considered to praise the president-elect and re-share a video promoting her work for veterans.
“Scott Brown has been angling for this job pretty much from the get-go. He thinks he can do it and he may be right,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist who backed Trump during the presidential race.
“But you have to realize this is probably the first- or second-biggest mess in Washington. If Trump’s picks demonstrate anything, what Trump wants to do is be seen as a success. He’s going to go with a person who is best to fix the VA.”