September 17th, 2010
05:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Murkowski plans to run as write-in candidate

Sen. Lisa Murkowski will announce her plans to run as a write-in candidate Friday.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski will announce her plans to run as a write-in candidate Friday.

(CNN) - When Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announces Friday night - as expected - that she is launching a write-in campaign to retain her seat, she'll be stepping into the middle of some very testy Republican infighting.

Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer, whose group campaigned heavily for Murkowski's primary opponent - and eventual primary winner - Joe Miller, said the senator's decision proves she doesn't "get it."

"She was fired by the people. The people were given a choice and they voted for somebody else," she said, adding that she was shocked to learn of Murkowski's decision.

A Republican source told CNN that Murkowski informed "a few" close colleagues that she plans to run as a write-in candidate. A separate source with knowledge of her decision said she expects to announce her write-in candidacy Friday.

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Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Willy Brown

    Here come the RINO with the NAGS

    September 17, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Peter s

    I'm with you Lisa!!! need great ideas? contact find me!

    September 17, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. carlos

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski go ahead and beat the crap out of that miller space garbage and classless it.

    September 17, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Roger

    Guess she's been chewing way too much blubber up there in Alaska land! All she'll acomplish is give a Dummycrat a chance!

    September 17, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. grandma

    no more rinos to give dems bi-partisan cover. The conservatives are weeding the party before plowing the dems under.

    September 17, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Sandy

    Good for her!

    September 17, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. gg

    Go for it! let the teabaggers and sarah palin lose.

    September 17, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. BLD

    The news media slobber all over the Tea Party and cover any dozen of them that meet on a street corner somewhere. After Tea Party candidates hand the Dems so many wins in November, how can the media avoid the narrative that the Tea Party is destroying the Republicans?

    September 17, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Alex

    Go Lisa!!!

    And the guy from Delaware, Castle, should do the exact same thing!!! Show those right wing radicals that they are NOT in the majority!!!! And the American people DO NOT WANT what they want!!!

    September 17, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. Charles W. Skinner

    Sniffit - Your post on recess appointments is technically accurate, but highly misleading, as you don't comprehend the HISTORY behind why it was done. The POTUS was granted recess appointment powers because it was expected that Congress would meet for about 2 weeks out of every year, because we had "citizen legislators" instead of "career politicians." With the current Congressional calendar where Congress is in session for almost the ENTIRE year, there is really no point in having a recess power any more, except for a President to abuse it in forcing candidates that the Senate would not normally approve.

    I AM a Constitutional Conservative AND I understand the document that you're abusing simply by poorly attempting to discuss it.

    September 17, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. JFS

    Good for you Lisa. Please...Let's take our Party back !!! We want the GOP back....these phony Republicans like Palin and the Tea Party need to go and create their own group. They need to stop trying to steal the GOP , its History, and its great past and try to give their radical splinter groups a foundation. WE WANT OUR PARTY BACK !!!!Just as the scream that thet want their Country back...we want our Party back !!! we must all stand up to these louses.

    September 17, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Beowulf

    It worked for Joe Lieberman

    September 17, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. JKT

    Rob Johnson is right: The GOP and Tea Party are going to go at it. But it's happening NOW. Did you hear what Sarah Palin said about the Republican party this week? "They don't want us here" she's already attacking and distancing herself and the Tea Party from anything GOP. And it's fascinating to watch as she goes "all mavericky" on them. McCain created a monster that has completely gone all Frankenstein on him and his party. Wow.

    September 17, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. samantha

    The only Part of Alaska that is Dem is the southeast where the capitol is, the rest of the state Is republican. Alaska will always vote republican.

    September 17, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. carlos

    Eric, I must say that you are also like that miller......space garbage, and,along with you: snow, willy brown, and all the others who know who they are......

    September 17, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Darth Vadik, CA

    I'm a Democrat, and a staunch one to boot, and this may be good for Democrats, but I don't like sore losers. She's just going to hurt her party, and as much as I despise Republicans with every ounce of blood in my body, this is ridiculous.

    I still remember what that piece of unpolished t*rd Lieberman did to us

    September 17, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. Tom

    Just another politician clamoring to keep his/her seat. Like a sore looser.

    Remember: the main objective of a politician is not to do good things. It is to get re-elected, any place, any time and by any means.

    That's what lust for power is all about.

    September 17, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. "Eskimo"

    "Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back" –
    Before you display your ignorance anymore, you need to check your facts and get your information straight. Next time you write about illiterate Eskimos, think about your own ignorance. You obviously have some literacy problemsif you can't seem to do a little research online and learn about the current state of "Eskmos."
    This is not an article about race nor bigotry, so leave it out.

    September 17, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. they call me "tater salad"

    It's funny that the Corruptlican party spent so much time and energy over the last 2 years trying to destroy anything and everything having to do with the Democrats and President Obama,( instead of anything productive) that they were too ignorant to see that their party was imploding right before their eyes, now look at em', struggling to win a measly primary election against members of THEIR OWN PARTY!!!!!!!! Serves em' right!!!! You stay classy Corruptlicans!

    September 17, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. SeaBass

    I'm sure all you R's with your undies in a bundle were saying the same thing when Lieberman ran as an indy.

    Fact is, she has the right to run. There is no federal or state law that says you cannot run if you lose your party's primary. And since only a small fraction participate in primaries (many which independents and dems can't participae in), she has a decent chance since she knows the teac party candidates only attract the far right types.

    My guess is she loses a close one to the Dem nominee.

    September 17, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. Clwyd

    Yes! Now see if the right wing that has tried to steal the GOP from the people can do it in November? I sure hope that reason rather than nut cases like sarah pathetic and others really represent what will get them elected! As a democrat I can only cheer!

    September 17, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. Kevin

    I know that Tea Partiers are excited about their candidates winning primaries, but what they don't seem to realize is that they've split their own base.

    The ramped-up-rhetoric over the last 2-3 years has really forced the GOP into a corner.

    September 17, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. Dee

    This woman is warped. Look at the sour puss faces in this photo. Why would she insist on doing this? Because she is and has been just a selfish liberal in sheep's clothing – pretending to be a conservative. She would rather see a liberal in office than to admit what a loser she really is. Alaska was right to vote her out. Now they just need to vote wisely to keep all the liberals out – including her!

    September 17, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. sjosephs

    Typically, the primary draws fewer but more extremist voters. Those Republicans who were counting on her victory in the primary will now have an opportunity to cast their vote for their candidate. That's the way elections should be conducted. Anyone who can run, should run. The primary system is a system of entitlement run by the chiefs of both parties....a pox on them. We should allow anyone who meets reasonable qualifications [might be difficult to define but Murkowski certainly should pass muster] run for office during an election cycle.

    September 17, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. Cary

    I guess she needs to hear more than once that just because her Daddy gave her the job doesn't mean the good people of Alaska WANT her!!!

    September 17, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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