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The letter takes a shot at current RNC chair Michael Steele, who Phillips writes has "spent Republican money with the gusto of a liberal." The letter references the numerous criticisms of Steele's fiscal management of the RNC.
"Something is really wrong with the GOP when the RNC cannot fund a get out the vote campaign for mid-term elections," Phillips writes.
Phillips writes that Palin has the collection of skills and national appeal to right the RNC ship in time to take on President Obama in 2012.
"You have an unbelievable ability to light up a crowd and to raise money. Both of which the Republican Party needs," Phillips writes. "The GOP needs a conservative who can raise money and energize the troops. You are the only one out there with these unique talents."
Palin has been seen as a natural ally of Steele's heading into the January chair election, which Steele has not officially said he'll be a part of yet. While many other prominent Republicans kept their distance from the gaffe-prone Steele over the past year, Palin joined Steele at several stops on his GOTV bus tour this fall and there's been speculation that Palin might endorse Steele's bid for a second term if he runs.
For his part, Phillips is prone to making big promises on behalf of the tea party movement other activists often distance themselves from. Phillips planned to play host to the second national tea party convention in Las Vegas before the event collapsed under open hostility from Nevada tea party and what appeared to be a lack of ticket sales.
Phillips has become a source of tea party headlines however, recently causing a national stir with his call to "retire" Muslim members of Congress.
Read the full Tea Party Nation letter, which the group says on its website will be "sent to Sarah Palin in the next few days," here:
Dear Governor Palin,
John Kennedy once said, "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
Right now, your country needs you as the Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
We are in a fight for the survival of our country. The Democrats have walked off the socialist cliff and are driving the country headlong into the abyss. Unfortunately, there are many on the Republican side who do not seem to get it. They are the embodiment of the old political joke that says, with the Democrats you get more of the same and with Republicans you get less of the same.
We need you as Chairman of the RNC. You have shown in the past no hesitation to take on the establishment. You did it in Alaska. If we end up with establishment control of the GOP and their support for an establishment candidate in 2012, Obama and the socialists will have won. An establishment candidate will not work to repeal Obamacare and the other programs Obama, Pelosi and Reid have put in place. We need someone who will put conservatives in control of the party apparatus, not RINOs.
Michael Steele has spent Republican money with the gusto of a liberal. You showed in Alaska, you know how to put the brakes on unnecessary spending.
Finally, you are a superstar. You have an unbelievable ability to light up a crowd and to raise money. Both of which the Republican Party needs. Something is really wrong with the GOP when the RNC cannot fund a get out the vote campaign for mid-term elections. The GOP needs a conservative who can raise money and energize the troops. You are the only one out there with these unique talents.
We, the undersigned, are asking you to ask yourself what you can do for your country and to step up and become a candidate for Chairman of the RNC.
Thank you for your consideration and for what you continue to do for this great country.
Judson Phillips, Founder - Tea Party Nation