Sarah Palin’s Brother: From Alaska, He Can See a Third, `American Party’

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Chuck Heath Jr., brother of Sarah Palin, rally campaign workers at a McCain-Palin regional headquarters office in this file photo.

There’s a new voice in the Palin family making the call for political upheaval, with Sarah’s brother — Chuck Heath Jr. — calling for “the disgruntled citizens of the United States… Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians… persons of every race, religion, economic status, and whoever else is interested, join together and form a new party.”

He adds, in a posting on his Facebook page: “I’d simply call it, the American Party. ”

Heath — who on a personal website identifies himself as “father, teacher, author” and “Alaskan gold miner” — may want to work on that name. The multitude of mostly little noted third-party presidential candidates in last November’s vote included Iowan Tom Hoefling, running under the America’s Party banner.

Heath doesn’t tout his sister — the former Alaska governor and running mate for Republican Sen. John McCain in 2008 whose public profile nowadays mostly consists of Barack Obama-bashing appearances on Greta van Susteren’s Fox News program — as a possible rogue White House contender. He does, though, cite her in making the case against the predominance of the two-party system.

“I’ve watched people in both major parties do everything they can to demean and destroy her,” he writes. “And all for what… for trying to limit the size of government? For asking all of us to do our share? For insisting we spend less than we take in? For ending crony capitalism? For going above and beyond to support our military? For utilizing our natural resources in a responsible way? For praying? The list goes on.”

It’s a list that sounds like a Palin 2016 campaign platform to us.

Despite discontent with the Democratic-Republican duopoly that many Americans share with Heath, the 2012 results underscore the daunting task facing third-party advocates.

Obama won re-election with 65.9 million votes; Republican Mitt Romney racked up just shy of 61 million.

Running third — Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson, who didn’t quite reach the 1.3-million mark. Behind him? Green Party nominee Jill Stein, with roughly 470,000 votes.




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