Rumors are gaining momentum that outgoing White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders could be leaving her position in the West Wing with her eye on the Arkansas Governor Mansion.
The first indication that Sanders might not be finished with public service came when President Donald Trump announced her resignation saying, “I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic.”
That same day, he said to reporters, “She’s going to be leaving the service of her country and going into the private sector, I guess you could say going back to Arkansas … If you can get her to run for the governor of Arkansas, I think she’ll do very well,” he said as Sanders stood beside him according to The New York Post.
Political strategist Jon Gilmore also pointed to a possible governor’s run sharing evidence he uncovered in a tweet:
“Lots of speculation in Arkansas today but it is interesting to note that these two websites were registered anonymously on the same day just last month in May. http://SarahforArkansas.com and http://SarahforGovernor.com #arpx #SarahHuckabeeSanders.”
Lots of speculation in Arkansas today but it is interesting to note that these two websites were registered anonymously on the same day just last month in May. https://t.co/aC7DMBBbiJ and https://t.co/E6wnxHCPAZ #arpx #SarahHuckabeeSanders
— Jon Gilmore (@Jon_Gilmore) June 13, 2019
According to Bill Vickery, an Arkansas political consultant in the days following Trump’s announcement, “It has been the nonstop political conversation since it hit, and will probably be so now going forward. That indicates what sort of big-time player she is in terms of the political landscape if indeed she follows through,” Vickery said, according to Politico.
Sanders father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, made it clear that he hopes his daughter tries to occupy the same seat he once held in the state of Arkansas.
Huckabee was interviewed on America’s Newsroom on Friday and asked what he thought of his daughter, outgoing White House Press Secretary Sarah (Huckabee) Sanders, time in office, and what she might do after her departure.
“Well, not only do I not know, she doesn’t know either. She’s really wanting to have some time to kind of decompress spend some time with her kids and just enjoy part of the summer away from all of it, and then she’ll start looking at the future.
“She has not made any specific plans. I don’t know if she’ll run for office, but I tell you if she does, she’ll be a great candidate and a terrify officeholder, whatever it might be. I would encourage her. We’ll see.”