The American Independent Party of California, the largest single-state third party in the nation by registration has submitted to the California Secretary of State a list of candidates for its presidential preference primary, which is non-binding. Amongst the names is the husband of former Republican nominee for Vice President in 2008, Sarah Palin. Todd Palin was once a registered member of the Alaskan Independence Party.
At this point the individuals on the list have not necessarily agreed to have their names on the ballot. The Secretary of State’s office will contact each one and ask if they wish to be listed.
The fourteen names include former Congressman Virgil Goode of Virginia, who is believed to desire the Constitution Party’s presidential nomination, although he hasn’t formally announced. The other names are: Philip Berg of Pennsylvania, Laurie Roth of Washington state, Todd Palin of Alaska, Wiley Drake of California, Ed Noonan of California, George Peabody of Hawaii, Marvin Ampelman of Massachusetts, Max Rieske of Michigan, Diane Beall of California, Walter Nayakik of Alaska, Veronica Piva of California, D. Clark Ambassador for Christ (that is his legal name) of California, and Robert Sisilo, who is a U.S. citizen who is not registered to vote and who lives outside the United States.
So, is Todd Palin running for President? No evidence suggests that. The AIP-CA does not need the approval of the candidates in order to submit their names to the Secretary of State. It is highly unlikely, though, that Palin will allow his name to remain on the ballot. Berg, Beall, Noonan, Rieske, Drake and Goode are all likely to give their consent to be listed on the ballot.