Former DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan (R) hints in his resignation letter sent to Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) that he has an eye on public office.
Sullivan's likely candidacy will pit him against Alaska Lieutenant Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) and Tea Party candidate and 2010 GOP nominee Joe Miller (R).
His addition into the race could cause problems for the GOP. While either Sullivan or Treadwell would likely give Sen. Mark BegichMark BegichSenate GOP deeply concerned over Trump effect Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE (D-Alaska) a tough campaign, Miller is highly unpopular with voters statewide and he and Treadwell risk splitting the establishment vote and giving Miller a better shot at winning the primary.
A late-July poll showed Treadwell leading the field, but Sullivan and Miller weren't behind by much.
Parnell praised Sullivan in a response letter.
"Dan has been an instrumental part of my administration and his leadership will be missed. I wish him much success in the future," he says.