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. Bob of Lompoc

    Hot damn! We have FINALLY found a babe who is not afraid of "see my hair", "see my clothes" "aren't I cute" Palin. Go for it!

    September 17, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. michele

    Congratulations, Senator Murkowski, on making the right decision! You have served Alaska well, and may you continue to do so. Please make Joe Miller and his ilk disappear from the scene. It was an embarrassment that he ever made it through the primaries. His tortured, tangled rhetoric bodes ill for the general populace. People don't realize that many of us are one step away from having to use a government service such as Medicaid or Medicare or unemployment. If Miller is so anti-government, then he should quit driving on the roads (built by the government), eating anything he hasn't grown himself (food source oversight by the FDA), flying (FAA- government agency overseeing the safety of the skies), and accepting any kind of pension or benefits from his only job sources to date (borough and federal government). He's a hypocrite, just like his media-loving friend, Sarah. The TEABAGS have been steeping long enough. Throw 'em out!

    September 17, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Michael Citrus Heights CA

    The tea BAGGERS have taken leave of their senses, and it is a good thing that Senator Murkowski is fighting back.

    Republicans were respectible at one time and they can be respectable again if they do not allow their party to be taken over by a small minority of extreme whack jobs!!

    I have listened to Senator Murkowski speak before, and she is a common sense Republican.

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK SENATOR MURKOWSKI !!! !!! !!!

    September 17, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Shibumi

    One by one, RINOS (aka Republican light) will be kicked to the curb. Murkowski is a career politician who's time has come and gone. She's a lawyer (naturally) so she should be able to find suitable employment.........at a strip joint. The highest bidder, please...........
    Remember in November.

    September 17, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. Roscoe

    Palin, O'donnell, Murkowski......we've reached the bottom of the barrel.

    September 17, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. marc in california

    as much as i would like the democratic candidate to win i want the tea-party candidate to loose more. As long as the candidate of that americanized nazi party looses i will be happy

    September 17, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. Peter s

    Bravo Sniffit! keep on shoving back!!

    September 17, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. Big John

    This is choice between and obstructionist with the word 'No' painted on her forehead and a radical who wishes to shut down the government. Republicans....lost in a world whether they treasure money more than God or his children.

    September 17, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. common sense

    Lisa Murkowski is trying to save the Regan Republican for the fringe Tea Party. Please Alaska support her to win...

    September 17, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. Cindy

    She's pulling a Charlie Crist. Not a bad strategy, actually.

    The Democrate candidate must be bummed though; I still don't even know who that person is.

    September 17, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. 4America1

    The problem with the incumbants in Congress is they do not listen to the voice of the people. You lost Murkowski: Now sit down and shut up.

    September 17, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. Dan Beach

    If she is against Sarah Palin shes a friend of mine

    September 17, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. Reality Check

    Another sore loser...just like Crist in FL and Specter in PA. This is a prime reason for ALL politicians to have term limits.

    September 17, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. Dern Foley

    We will see just how much the citizens of Alaska like Mrs. Palin

    September 17, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Good Luck Senator! Don't listen to what the half term Governor from Alaska has to say. She's a quitter your a fighter!

    September 17, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. DOBBS RETURNS

    "Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned."

    September 17, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. tbo14

    Good Luck Senator! Don't listen to what the half term, former Governor of Alaska has to say. You're a fighter and she's a quitter!

    September 17, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. NancyLV

    This women just does not know when she is beaten. She needs to conciede and call it a day and say thank your for letting me screw you people for how ever long she was in office.

    September 17, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Dan

    We need more Moderate Republicans write-in to defeat these exetreme Tea Party candidates. People are angry, not crazy and the Tea Party is running on crazy.

    September 17, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Hirouk

    we must take our country back to its christian base. murkowski will burn in hell for trying to block that attempt.
    palin/paul '12

    praise jesus!!!

    September 17, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. Ken in NC

    She is entitled to run as a "Wrtie-In Candidate". That is a part of our how our system is set-up. I don't see why "Good Ole Joe Miller " is so worried if he is as good as he says he is unless he was only good for one good shot.

    September 17, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. floridian

    Another Charlie Crist - an arrogant politician who is solely interested in herself. The Alaskan Repubs have spoken - obviously she is not one of them. And, she could care less for the people of Alaska - her running will add significantly to the cost of the election. You guys/gals up north - make her find a real job andget her off the dole, please.

    September 17, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  23. John

    This is great news – Alaska needs conservative/moderate representation in the Senate not far right fringe. Senator Lisa Murkowski – stick to your principles and bring it home!

    September 17, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. D'Bourgois

    Dear Tea Partiers, Do you think this November is different? Here is a check – Did you vote for Obama or Democrat in the last election? If not, then you are just hearing what you want to hear. Peace.

    September 17, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  25. Name

    Looks like Progressives in both parties are feeling the heat and coming unglued. I have faith that WE THE PEOPLE are going to take our government back from politicians and special interests groups. Let's vote and never stop holding their feet to the fire!! Tired of big government, deception and lies. Listen to your constituents and READ The bill!! Stop spending money we do not have.

    September 17, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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