September 30th, 2010
09:47 AM ET
4 years ago

Take Two for Tea Party Express and Murkowski

(CNN) - The Tea Party Express says it is going to target Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski - again.

The national Sacramento-based organization announced Thursday that next week they'll unveil a new television and radio ad campaign against Murkowski, who is running in the general election as a write-in candidate.


Last month, Murkowski conceded defeat in her bid for her party's nomination. The senator, who is part of a political dynasty in Alaska, was upset in the August 24 Republican Senate primary by attorney Joe Miller, a previous longshot who enjoyed strong support from Tea Party activists and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

The Tea Party Express had endorsed Miller and spent over $600,000 to help him defeat Murkowski.

"Lisa, take a hint, the voters rejected you once before and now watching you defy their will is bound to alienate yourself from Alaska voters even more," says Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, in a news release.

The group says it will hold a two-hour "No Means No" radio marathon on an Anchorage-based radio station in opposition to Murkowski's write-in campaign.

The move comes as Murkowski's campaign is up with new new commercials on Alaska television, one of which takes aim at the Tea Party Express.

"So they're going to come up here and drop another dirty money bomb on Alaska and try to take our seat," says one women in the ad.

"You know, they fooled a lot of people before the primary but we're on to them now," adds a man in the commercial.

A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that 38 percent of likely voters in the state support Miller, while 36 percent back Murkowski. Twenty-two percent back Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams, the Democratic nominee, with four percent either undecided or not supporting any of the three candidates listed in the survey.

Miller's two-point advantage over Murkowski is within the survey's sampling error.

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Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Lisa Murkowski • Tea Party movement
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    The reasonthe will attack once again is the Tea Party never backs a candidate they can promote.
    No experience, no knowledge of the law, no background with running anything successful- Great! You're a Tea Partry candidate! It amazes me to think these are supposedly higher educated, higher income individuals. Maybe since the average age seems to be over 65, they are having memory loss issues on what makes a leader

    September 30, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Just Saying

    The Tea Party must be running scared then.

    September 30, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. Joe

    Wait a minute. I thought the Tea Party folks were the non-politicians in the crowd. This sounds like pretty typical politicians to me. I hope the Tea Party efforts backfire and fail.

    September 30, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Rosslaw

    So Lisa Murkowski should just understand that the Tea Party objects to her running for office because they don't want her to run for office! I bet if Murkowski had just quit halfway through her Senate term and gone on book tours via private jet, staying at palatial accommodations, speaking for fees only and generally living like a Chinese Empress the Tea Party would be singing her praises on her qualities as a natural born leader.

    September 30, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Mike in NC

    This woman just can't take a hint! If the people of her district have already voted for a change then she should be a gracious loser and walk. Nooo, not this entrenched Republican!! Her political machine knows better. Disregard the voters. Hell, that's why they wanted her out to begin with. Lisa, go home!

    September 30, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Brian in MD

    I guess she feels that she is entitled, by blood, to the throne. "Daddy, it's mine, mine, mine!" Okay Veruca Salt, you can have anything you want dear.

    September 30, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. a in austin

    Even though I don't vote in Alaska, I feel she has every right to run as a write in candidate. Money for campaigns should NOT be allowed from out of state donors. This election is about the people of Alaska, not the special interest groups out of California or any other state. Miller should be running on his merits which are ????

    September 30, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    You see – this is the reason why Murkowski is going to BEAT 'Miller High Life'!!! The Tea Party need to MIND THEIR BUSINESS if they are NOT in the state where the candidate is running........PERIOD!!!!

    "Lisa, take a hint, the voters rejected you once before and now watching you defy their will is bound to alienate yourself from Alaska voters even more," says Amy Kremer..." BUT what this KREMER is 'failing' to realize is that Murkowski is almost BEATING “Miller High Life” – What about those voters who want their vote to count!!!!

    BUTT OUT "Sacramento-based Tea Leaves" – there is a 'different brand brewing in AK and it's NOT TEA-Led-By-Palin!!! And why would anyone want a QUITTER to WIN again with an endorsement? SHE QUIT being a Governor and have the NERVE to come back and endorse someone.

    To all who want to WRITE IN Murkowski – PULL a Palin – Write "Lisa Murkowski" on your hand BEFORE you go vote. DO NOT allow your vote to be miscounted because the name was spelled wrong... Do not TRUST the FAR-RIGHT nincompoops!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    September 30, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. DJ in TX

    Alaska, I'm no Republican, but Ms. Murkowski has done a lot for you, in the same mold that the late Senator Stevens did for Alaska. I'm not a fan of earmarks, but think about where Alaska would be if not for Senator Stevens getting millions of dollars for your state. Will Miller continue to do that? Will any Tea Party continue to try and get money for their respective state? I'm a Democrat, but your case, Murkowski seems to be the better choice. Just my 2 cnets.

    September 30, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Irma in North Carolina

    I am by no means a republican but, I do hope the tea party racist guy does not win. We do not need their kind in DC.

    September 30, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Sounds like the Tea Party is passing out threats to Murkowski and those who will support her. Vote M U R K O W S K I and write it down because they will steal your vote if you spell it wrong.

    September 30, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Amy Vanhouven

    Get out of the race Lisa. You were rejected already by the voters, and there's no reason for you to think you are "entitled" to the position. Also, if you stay in the race you will split the republican votes and put a democrap into office, as you already know - or don't you care?

    September 30, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. sara

    I can Spell Murkowski. Thanks for some Sanity from a such small state that bred the leader of insanity.

    September 30, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Marie MD

    I think the people in AK have woken up to miller's shenanigans of lies and cheating the AK government to buy a house on a low salary when he was making $70,000 as a lawyer.
    Ithey are already the butt of jokes because of the half term governor. Do they want to go down in history as the most dumb state right behind SC? I don't think so. they are smarter than that. At least I hope they are.

    September 30, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. phoenix86

    Murkowski is what is wrong with Entitlement Politicians. Hopefuly, Alaska will send her packing.

    September 30, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. terry, va

    Murkowski take your pitiful selfish self and crawl under a rock. YOU LOST and you deserved to lose. Anyone that would continue like you have is a disgrace to the office !!!!!!

    September 30, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Ben in Texas

    Compare this situation with what's happening in Delaware, where Repugnant Castle is not running as a write-in, but also not endorsing either candidate. Castle got the message: O'Donnell is a whacko incompetent, but you'd better not challenge the teabagger branch of the GOP. Otherwise, you could wind up like Murkowski, who will lose the election and have her future career wrecked by teabagger mudslinging.

    Morality, patriotism and principles must be suppressed, because party loyalty is above all.

    September 30, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    A California-based group is trying to sway Alaska's internal politics, just like Utah-based groups tried to sway California's internal politics . . . all from the same group that screams for states rights.

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Tea Party

    September 30, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. j

    If the Alaska Tea Partiers had their way, we would all be true entrepreneurs ---- catching/killing our supper and cooking on an open campfire.

    September 30, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |