September 17th, 2010
07:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Tea Party Express: Murkowski doesn't 'get it'

The Tea Party Express told CNN on Friday that Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's decision to mount a write-in re-election effort shows that she doesn't 'get it'.
The Tea Party Express told CNN on Friday that Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's decision to mount a write-in re-election effort shows that she doesn't 'get it'.

(CNN) - The Chairman of the Tea Party Express told CNN on Friday that Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's decision to mount a write-in re-election effort shows that she doesn't "get it."

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

Kremer's group worked hard to push Joe Miller, the winner of Alaska's GOP Senate primary, over the finish line. After endorsing Miller in June, the Tea Party Express sent in staffers to scour the state in support of his candidacy and spent nearly $600,000 to help his campaign.

Adding yet another twist to the dramatic Republican battle in Alaska, Kremer thought her conservative organization was essentially done beating back Murkowski's re-election bid. But told CNN that given this latest development, "Oh, I'm sure we'll be back up there at some point."

Murkowski's decision to mount a write-in effort is sure to spark anger among her Republican colleagues. On Thursday Brian Walsh, Communications Director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in a statement, "Alaska's voters have spoken, and have chosen Joe Miller as their Republican U.S. Senate nominee. If Senator Murkowski is truly committed to doing 'what is right' for her state, then we hope that she will step forward and fully endorse Joe Miller's candidacy."

There is speculation that Murkowski's refusal to bow out of the race could split the Republican vote, possibly helping the Democratic challenger, Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams.
Kremer told CNN she is not worried about Murkowski's decision.

"If anything, it's going to turn more voters out for [Miller] because it's going to tick people off."
Kremer also addressed a fresh slam from Murkowski. In press release put out on Wednesday – stating when she'd announce her decision on a write-in bid - Murkowski wrote that she believed, "That the Alaska Republican Party was hijacked by the Tea Party Express, an outside extremist group."

Kremer told CNN her group is unfazed by the criticism.

"She can say whatever she wants to about us," Kremer said. "It's not us who voted, it's the people of Alaska and I don't think they're too extreme."


Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Lisa Murkowski • Tea Party Express
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Carl

    I'm very sorry but the just because the people voted doesn't mean they know anything about the person they voted for. This is the biggest problem in America – Ignorance due to advertising.

    If you have money, you can get elected as long as you avoid interviews and talking about substance. Prove is in the tea party.

    Taxed Enough you say? Maybe you should look at history and realize taxes are lower than they have been in decades and that Obama wants to keep the taxes low for almost all Tea Party goers.

    I shake my head in confusion. Why not just vote for Paris Hilton!?!

    September 17, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. malabar

    Hahaha, poor lisa. her hatred for Palin is blinding her. pretty obvious she could not care less about the party, its all about her. pobrecita vieja fea

    September 17, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. Hot Patata

    I can see the headlines already. "Tea Party candidates Yosemite Sam and the dog from "Davey and Goliath" win GOP presidential ticket nomination in 2012"

    September 17, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    Wait: Murkowski has a Constitutional right to do whatever she likes.
    An imam has a right to build Park51 where he likes.
    An ousted senator has a right to try to get votes if she likes.
    Good for the goose, good for the gander.

    September 17, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Pragmatic

    "She was fired by the people. The people were given a choice and they voted for somebody else,"

    Well ... no! She was "fired" by a small minority of republican voters ... who may rethink where their priorities are .... who may rethink their choice if Miller continues his plan to yank Alaskans off the government dole ... Alaska is the ultimate welfare state, receiving from the federal treasury $1.84 for every dollar its residents pay in taxes!

    Like Crist in FL: giving rational voters a choice rather than having the GOP ram an unethical Rubio down FL voter's throats!

    GOP doesn't like "choice" – they believe in party dictatorship!

    September 17, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. Hot Patata

    I can see the headlines already. "Tea Party candidates Yosemite Sam and the dog from "Davey and Goliath" win GOP presidential ticket nomination in 2012. Liberal media still doesn't get it"

    September 17, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Keith in Austin

    Talk about a sore loser!

    September 17, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Buddy Gilmour

    "She was fired by the people. The people were given a choice and they voted for somebody else," Amy Kremer told CNN.

    Well, maybe she feels that what really happened is that an outside group came into her state and bankrolled her opponent to victory?

    In a situation like that, it makes perfect sense that she wouldn't just roll over and surrender to the outsiders.

    September 17, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. lil

    Yes she does.
    she knows that these tea party people are a bunch of bullies that throw lies and hide their hands.
    When they are confronted the cry religion or that people are picking on girls.

    College student you better get to vote early because student loans and pell grants are tied to the healthcare bill and when the republicans take over they say they are going to repeal the healthcare bill. there goes your college tuition.

    Sick people no insurance there goes preexisting conditions.

    Black people there goes your voting rights act or maybe you whole
    existence they are already trying every way they can to get rid of the black caucus. You better get out to vote.

    September 17, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. Dale

    I love to watch Republicans try to out-wingnut each other. "I'm the nuttier candidate!" "No, I am the nuttier candidate!"

    September 17, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. hobart

    Oh, I think she gets it. She wants her party back from the whack jobs who've hijacked it. Republicans will rue the day they threw the likes of Colin Powell and other moderates under the bus.

    September 17, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. Dan

    The Republican Party: devouring themselves and their dumb ideas before our eyes.

    September 17, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. ken

    You tea baggers better realize that there is more people than you and if you think that all politicians should do what you say your dumber than I thought .

    September 17, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  14. D.

    Lisa Murkowski has found a formula for Modrate Republicans to fight the Tea Party run as a wirte-in or run as Independent. Split the vote!!!! This will calm the Tea Party wacky ways and send a clear message to Jim Demint and Sarah Palin don't own conservatism. Sen. Susan Collin and Sen. Snowe the Tea Party will put you on notice soon.

    September 17, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Amy – she gets it.
    She gets that the Tea Party movement is bad for this country because it is based on fear and misinformation.
    She gets that most candidates in the Tea APrty cannot put together a sentence containing real words and therefore would have trouble reading bils in Congress.
    She gets that Alaska is entitled to have representation from someone to represent the entire state, not just an extreme.
    She gets that a write-in candidate is perfectly legal and part of our election process,
    Amy- the Tea Party doesn't get it- the country is made up of moderates.

    September 17, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. George of the jungle

    If only they would keep fighting each other. Vote them all out

    September 17, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. Mark

    The tea partiers are nutcases. They want to do away with Social Security and Medicare. They're the ones who don't get it.

    September 17, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. Randy

    This is what happens with people that like power. The people don't want you because you are a liar and a thief. Alaska voted for the right person. You are a wicked witch.

    September 17, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Memo to Tea Klux Klan: Charle Crist did the same thing...apparently you are the ones that "don't get it".

    September 17, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. David in AZ

    Actually, you're not fired until the general election. Tea Party should get educated.

    September 17, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Peter s

    You should not be intimidated by no one Lisa just go for it!!

    September 17, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. carlos

    Sen. Murkowski, we hope that you beat the living crap of that space garbage miller in the election.......

    September 17, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  23. FTM

    Murkowski was NARROWLY defeated in the primary, I'd hardly call that being "fired by the people" as Amy Kremer points out. Using the facts as a good base to start from, you could also say that "the people" gave a lukewarm thumbs up in the election of Joe Miller.

    September 17, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. No tea party

    Eric:
    She care and love this country more than you do. Some of us do not
    want this Nation to fall in the hands of a bunch Fascists.

    September 17, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. What Do You Not Understand?

    Murkowski, just what part of this scenario don't you get. Must be ego shock.You were voted out. Don't muddy the water of the general election with your petty bid to be a write in. If the republican party has any sense at all, they will not give this woman any support, She's had her chance, now the conservatives want someone else to represent them, Being hardheaded will serve no purpose.

    September 17, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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