September 16th, 2010
05:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Murkowski huddles with colleagues ahead of write-in announcement

(CNN) – A day before she declares whether she will mount a write-in candidacy to preserve her Senate seat, Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski spent several hours in and around the Senate chamber Thursday talking with her colleagues about the difficult decision she faces.

After unexpectedly losing the Republican primary to Tea Party-backed Joe Miller, Murkowski is scheduled to be in Alaska Friday to announce whether she will run in the general election.

"I don't share personal conversations," Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe said about a lengthy discussion she and Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas had with Murkowski in a closed foyer just off the Senate floor.

Visible through a partially frosted glass door, the three women senators stood together for about a half an hour during a series of votes.

Snowe is a moderate Republican who later complained to reporters that Tea Party supporters want "ideological purity" in the Republican Party. Lincoln, a moderate Democrat, barely survived a challenge from the left in her primary. Now she is far down in the polls to a conservative Republican opponent.

"She's a great colleague and a friend as well," Snowe said about Murkowski. "Obviously, we feel very bad about it. She's been serving in the Senate with great standing and distinction."


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  1. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Lisa Murkowski served with "great standing and distinction"? According to whom??? She is the worst of the Senate is is nothing more than a servant of Big Oil and special interest lobbyists.

    Now she is gift-wrapping a Democratic victory by sabotaging Joe Miller.

    Olympia Snowe must be in her own little world to think so highly of Lisa. Not even Sarah Palin likes her.

    September 16, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. ed

    What a sore loser. Criminy lady, you lost. Get over it.

    September 16, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Tracy

    Go for it Lisa. You can not let those crazy, whacky people win. They are not for Republicans, and definitely do not share our veiws (dems), but these people are really scary. They act like the Flower Children of the 60"s and early 70"s. It's a freak show, with no true leader, and no real substance. They simply oppose EVERYTHING. WTH!!!

    September 16, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Take America Back: from Texas

    "Birds of a Feather"........ Hey, do you know what Rhino Republicans and Democrats in Congress have in common......They all:
    1. Hate the Tea Party
    2. Are Left Wing Liberals &
    3. Are all about to take a permenant vacation.

    September 16, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Albo58

    Don't go away bitter...just go away, Lisa!

    September 16, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Dar

    She just cant stand the thought of losing to a man that won the election fare and square. So now she will make sure that the votes for a republicans get so thrown around that a Dem will win in Alaska which hasnt happened in a long time folks.
    She is just a sore loser and thats all this is about. Well she hates Palin too but thats another story.

    September 16, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    They just can't accept losing, now can they?

    September 16, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Marvin

    You LOST Senator!
    Don’t spoil it for the Republicans. Be a gracious looser and step aside.

    September 16, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. beth

    yeah..i love write-ins....you need to be ble to vote for YOUR FAVORITE candidate....

    September 16, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Mike

    If she runs on a write in, the vote against her in Alaska is validated. If she runs, she will split the conservative vote and guarantee a Democrat victory in Alaska...all because of her ruffled pride at losing and her desire to maintain power at all cost. All Senators from both sides need to remember the idea is to serve the public, not gain power. She should ride off into the sunset and make a fortune as a lobbyist!

    September 16, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Snow

    Murkowski has no chance and will ruin her name if she tries this.

    September 16, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Glenn Koons

    No wonder voters do not trust so called moderates; they lie and are sore losers.She lost. Miller will win. The hell with her and Snowe. Time for Pubs to support the winners of the primaries and stop flirting with Obama, the Dems, the Journolists and other liberal know nothings!

    September 16, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. the real ib

    She needs to shut up and move out not run as a write in or anything. She lost because she is to liberal. Bye

    September 16, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. Peter s

    Lisa Murkowski please, don't give-up and appease the far right lunacy! go for it!

    September 16, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Charlie

    Please, don't be an Al Gore and whine about losing. You lost, get over it, move on.

    September 16, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Ahh yes, tough to give up all that filthy oil money eh Lisa?

    September 16, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. WAKE UP

    I feel Senator Murkowski and other Republicans are now paying the price for their silence when the Tea Party and Republican Palin went off the rails with their extreme views of the world and government. They won't be able to stop this train wreck and many more Republicans will fall victim.

    September 16, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. scott

    Murkowski is just another link in the "Party of No's" chain. At this point there isn't one iota of difference between any Republican. They have done everything they can to kill America and her recovery just to benefit politically. America deserves better. Just say No......to the GOP.

    September 16, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. Willy Brown

    RINO's we do not want demoicrat lite. That what got you into this mess 8 years ago.

    September 16, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. 30-YR ARMY VETERAN FOR THE TRUTH!

    (CNN) – A day before she declares whether she will mount a write-in candidacy to preserve her Senate seat, Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski spent several hours in and around the Senate chamber Thursday talking with her colleagues about the difficult decision she faces.

    WELL CNN, DID SHE, OR DIDN'T SHE? THAT IS THE QUESTION. IT MAY BE THE ANSWER TO WHY SHE LOST.

    September 16, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |