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Sarah Palin to Run the Biggest Government Agency?

Sources say Donald Trump is considering her for VA secretary
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2016 1:16 AM CST
Updated Dec 1, 2016 6:21 AM CST

(Newser) – Does Donald Trump have a big job lined up for loyal supporter Sarah Palin? The former Alaska governor is a candidate to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, a Palin aide and a Trump transition team official tell ABC News, which notes that the VA is the largest government agency, with more than 300,000 employees. USA Today reports that Palin appears to be very keen: In a Facebook post Wednesday, she praised Trump as a "commander-in-chief who will champion our vets." She also shared a video from her SarahPAC political action committee on her ideas to fix the agency's problems, along with an endorsement from son-in-law Dakota Meyer, a Medal of Honor recipient who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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A spokesman for Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan tells Alaska Dispatch News that the senator would like to see Palin get the job. "Alaska has more veterans per capita than any other state, making this position critically important for our state," he says. Palin would be the first non-veteran in the role, though son Track Palin is an Iraq veteran. ABC notes that former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who spent 35 years in the Army National Guard, is also being considered for the post and, unlike Palin, has visited Trump Tower for meetings. Rep. Jeff Miller and Gen. Keith Kellogg have also been mentioned in connection to the role. (Read more Sarah Palin stories.)

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