JUNEAU - A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate says Todd Palin will appear at a fundraiser for him this week in Wasilla.
Joe Miller, a self-described "constitutional conservative" challenging U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, made the announcement Monday. This follows days of buzz stemming from a Washington Post blog item in which Miller was quoted as hinting at news from the Palin camp in regard to his still-nascent bid.
Todd Palin's wife, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, last year announced plans to raise money for Murkowski's re-election effort, and Sarah Palin's SarahPAC also has contributed.
Representatives of Sarah Palin or Murkowski's campaign didn't immediately comment Monday. On Sunday, the chief administrative officer for Murkowski's campaign refused to comment on "speculation or rumors."
Miller said he and Todd Palin are old friends who share similar values and stand for similar principles such as repealing federal health care legislation, or what Miller refers to as "Obama-care," and wanting a more limited role for the federal government. He attributes a quote on his website - saying Miller "isn't afraid to shake things up in order to get the job done" - to Todd Palin.
Asked whether he views this as an endorsement or help from a friend, he said he'd let Todd Palin speak for himself. But "it's clear that he's going to be present at the fundraiser, on my behalf."
Attempts to reach Todd Palin on Monday were not immediately successful.