August 30th, 2010
04:52 PM ET
13 years ago

Alaska Libertarian Party says no, Murkowski's options dwindle

(CNN) - An offer wasn't even on the table, but the Alaska Libertarian Party has given a pre-emptive no to the idea of Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski running on their ticket in November.

Alaska Libertarian Party chairman Scott Kohlhaas said the executive committee decided to meet "amid all the speculation on the theoretical possibility" Murkowski could be come their candidate if she if loses the final vote in the Republican Primary. She currently trails Joe Miller by 1,668 votes, as the count of absentee and early votes begins Tuesday.

The committee voted 5-0 to not consider having Murkowski replace their Senate candidate, David Haase. Kohlhaas said there had been discussion of benefits to having a major political figure as their candidate. "There was support from our national leadership," he said.

But he said, "we had a chance look over her record again. There is a fundamental difference in philosophy" over issues like her vote for the financial bailout, the war in Iraq and school choice.

In the end, the issue never moved beyond outside buzz and rumors. "We never talked with her," Kohlhaas said. "It's like Seinfeld. It was [a vote] about nothing."

Filed under: 2010 • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Rafael

    A party with a backbone great! Miller has shocked the state of Alaska. Palin brought down the establishment once again. Murkowski you suck!

    August 30, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Drunken GOP Driver

    This are nothing but John Birchers in disguise.

    August 30, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Alaskans are fools if this miller becomes anything in their state. The guy is from Oklahoma, I think. Another transplant ready to take AK down the gutter with him.
    I hope that this red state becomes blue if only for one election turn come November.
    If not, they are going to pay dearly for their votes. I thought the half term governor was bad. This guy is even worse.
    I wonder what AK is going to do without Federal money. I want their gasoline tax of 8 cents to come down to MD. All they have up there is the beauty of AK. Tourism is what keeps them afloat. If they allow the oil companies to govern (aka miller) AK will be destroyed within five to ten yeras. Maybe then Russia will take the state back.

    August 30, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. BeverlyNC

    I don't like either one of them. She is in the pocket of big oil and refuses to let Clean Energy and Alternative Energy even be discussed in Committee where she presides.

    Miller is a nobody, know-nothing ..just like his backer the unbelievabley stupid Palin.

    The only bad thing about her losing is IF our Senator Burr wins, then he would head the Energy Committee and he is also a traitor to our efforts to be the world leader in new energy technologies. Most of his campaign funds come from Big Oil so Burr would always vote for their interests.

    Any NCers out there – we MUST get Burr out of office. He is an embarrassing do-nothing who wants to get rid of Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment benefits yet he is 100% for keeping the Bush tax cuts for the billionaires – which would add 4 T dollars to the deficit. Burr could care less about "spending and the deficit" when it benefits his rich white buddies. Typical Republican who hates the working class and only serves the large abusive greedy corrupt corporations.

    NO Republicans in NOvember.

    August 30, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Frank

    Why would they vote for her? She is not a libertarian. Libertarianism is what this country really needs. Someone who is fiscally conservative, yet allows for personal liberty and responsibility.

    I hate the way neoconservatives stand for less government interference in your life but when it comes to personal issues and personal freedoms they are the first one's who want to legislate or impose their version of morality on you through law. If you couple them with the christian theocrats and those with authoritarian foreign policy you have a false conservative.

    We need to bring back old school conservatism or new school libertarianism. (same thing)

    August 30, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. lolo

    Why, because she does not have the same crazy ideas they and Ms. Palin do?

    August 30, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Squiggs

    Those Alaskans are sure a dumb bunch. First they vote in Sarah Palin. Then she quits halfway thru her term after turning the state into the political version of a bad reality show. Then they vote out someone who has brought lots of money to the state because that dimwit Palin was agqainst her for political reasons and not because of what was best for the state. Don't get me wrong I don't care about any republican losing. I just find it funny that Alaska keeps letting that bimbo Palin have an impact on their state.

    August 30, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. jim

    I hope this lady stands in the unemployment line for a while just so she can see how it feels.

    August 30, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. hillcrester

    Tweedle dum and tweedle dee. Alaske hasn't put forth a national legislator who is both comptetent and honest in decades.

    August 30, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. ruty

    Alaska will be sorry for that decision. I can't wait to say I told you so.

    August 30, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. stevegee

    Murkowski is just a career politician trying to save her own political skin. The people of Alaska have spoken - time for her to retire.

    Go Joe, go!

    August 30, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Peter s

    Can she run as an independent?

    August 30, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. barry

    That's the way it should be. Turncoats like Charlie Crist don't stand for anything. Murkowski is a liberal just like Crist. Murkowski said a few months ago that people in Alaska don't listen to Palin. Well that comment certainly wasn't true. Even if Murkowski pulls it off this shows Palin has influence and is excellent at fund raising. I am not a big Palin fan but hate the way the media comes after women who strive to break the glass ceiling. They came after Hillary (who would have made a great President)the same way they have Palin. Keeping women down is the message of the Media. They were all for a black male President but always against a female candidate. Just wrong.

    August 30, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Why can't see run as an Independent (no party)? She's well known enough and can do mailers at minimum cost. Probably could get TV exposure as well via the news (obviously not Fox). If she would take the position of how she was hoodwinked and bamboozled by the GOP, she might gain a whole bunch of supporters. It might even be a breath of fresh air for her.

    August 30, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Oy Vey Az

    Wow ... all around the country you can see the old Republican guard abandoning the GOP like rats pouring off a sinking tramp freighter.

    They are politically anew and reborn as as independents, libertarians, and general pains in the GOP's buttock.

    Does that mean they weren't real republicans after all?

    Sounds like what they are, is really a bunch of self-serving opportunists.

    August 30, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. guest123

    She should run as an independent if need be. If it does turn out she has lst – it will be just barely. And with the outright bizarre things Miller has been saying and doing since his assumed win, she could well lure away some people who voted for him who didn;t realize he was so extreme and so, bluntly put, whacko.

    August 30, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. jules sand-perkins

    Senator Murkowski is not conservative about the issue that most needs conservatism: money.
    The survival instinct has been significantly removed from Americans' mentation by greedy advocates for those who will do anything for money except work.
    What we need is a big correction for a big error.

    August 30, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  18. Dennis

    That's too bad, She is a viable candidate, and I would love to see some Libertarians in Congress.

    August 30, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    Senator Murkowski is like President Obama in that each was born with a silver wealth spreader in his pocket.

    August 30, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. Peter s

    Sarah can't outright win an election in her own backyard!!!

    August 30, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. reality check

    The Dems are salivating at the chance to compete against Miller. He is a nutball, and the Dems have a real chance to take Alaska. Palin strikes again, and Alaskans are left out in the cold, as usual. Makes you sort of feel sorry for them...they keep getting Palin-ed.

    August 30, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. Julie C

    Barry, you are dead wrong. Women are not "against women"; not by a stretch! Women like Palin, Angle, Bachman, Fiorina, are not representative of most progressive women in this country...far from it. Clinton, however, is; she's not in the same league at all. She understands issues and I support her 100%. I'm not left or right, I'm in the middle. We women have fought hard for our rights and do not want to step backwards or be led by religious idealogues. We don't get a lot of media attention because we are, well, just normal. (wink wink).

    August 30, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. Democrat in Indiana

    Libertarians are economic cranks. They never win in any large races because they're the fringe. Loony bin. Maybe Alaska has collected those know nothings, Arizona sure has.

    August 30, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    I can not understand how anyone with a brain, would vote to put ANY Republican back in power!??

    Case against GOP:

    Controlled both House & Senate from 1994-through-January 2007, when Dems won a narrow majority.

    GOP de-regulated Banks & Wall Street which led to the 2008 Banking & Wall Street meltdown.

    The GOP during one of the worst economic disasters in our history have ....... said NO........ refused to cooperate........ and obstructed the president who inherited this disaster!

    WHY in heavens name would you reward the GOP with power?

    August 30, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |