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Sarah Palin Says She'd Step In To Fill Late Alaska Rep's Seat 'In A Heartbeat'—And Twitter Is Screaming

Sarah Palin Says She'd Step In To Fill Late Alaska Rep's Seat 'In A Heartbeat'—And Twitter Is Screaming
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Long-serving Alaska Republican Representative Don Young's death last Friday after 49 years in Congress was barely four-day-old news. His funeral wasn't even slated to take place for another week.

But that didn't stop Alaska's former Republican Governor and 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin from talking about replacing him in the House of Representatives.

Speaking with far-right network Newsmax on Monday, Palin teased the idea of taking Young's seat "in a heartbeat."

See Palin's remarks below.

Speaking to Newsmax's Eric Bolling, Palin gushed about filling Young's "huge shoes."

"Oh my goodness, think of those huge shoes that are to be filled when we consider Don Young's longevity and his passion, his love, his fighting spirit for our wonderful state of Alaska, and for the nation as a whole."
"If I were asked to serve in the House and take his place, I would be humbled and honored and I would in a heartbeat, I would."
As so often happens with Palin, the longer she spoke, the weirder things got.
After a diatribe about "the haters" and "the media," she closed with a strange choice of words that simultaneously made her sound like a brash opportunist and... well, someone thinking about joining Congress because she has no other prospects.

Shrugging and averting her eyes from the camera in what seemed like embarrassment, she said:

"When I have nothing to lose as is the case today, yeah. I think it would be good for my family even."

Twitter wasn't exactly enthused about the prospect of a Congresswoman Palin.

Palin's government record is spotty.

She resigned while serving as Republican Governor of Alaska. Her prior experience was on the Wasilla, Alaska city council and two terms as mayor of the same city.

While the current Governor of Alaska can appoint a replacement until a special election can be held, the state appears to have opted for a special election in either May or June of this year to replace Young.

Following newly passed legislation in Alaska, the special election will be the first to use ranked-choice voting similar to the system in place in Maine.

Whether Palin runs or not, it's going to be an interesting race.