September 7th, 2010
10:34 PM ET
11 years ago

Murkowski 'reconsidering her options'

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(CNN) – Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is "reconsidering her options" in a reelection campaign once pronounced all but dead, and is now exploring a third party or write-in bid after receiving an "an outpouring of support" from Alaskans.

Last week, Murkowski conceded the Alaska GOP Senate primary to little-known Tea Party favorite Joe Miller, who outdistanced the incumbent Murkowski by a few thousand votes.

But according to Murkowski spokesman Steve Wackowski, the outpouring of support from around the state has given Murkowski a "moment of pause from her previous plans to wrap up her career as a senator."

Wackowski said there has been a definite change in Murkowski's views over the past several days, and that the reaction she's received since conceding "caused her to reconsider."

In the wake of her primary defeat, Murkowski did not endorse Miller, leaving the door open for a possible third-party run, with her most likely options being a run under the flag of the Libertarian Party or a long-shot write-in effort.

A Murkowski aide confirmed the senator met Tuesday with the Libertarian Party candidate, Dave Haase, who would have to step aside in order for Murkowski to run on the party's ticket.

But the aide said that the meeting was arranged by friends without Murkowski's encouragement, and that it was left "with the onus on the Libertarians on whether they wanted" a senator on their ticket.

But the meeting might not lead to a spot on the party's ticket.

Two weeks ago, the Libertarian Party board in Alaska rejected the idea of putting her on the ballot, citing "philosophical differences" with her positions.

Libertarian Party chairman Scott Kohlhaas confirmed to CNN Tuesday night that Haase had met with Murkowski. But when asked if anything had changed that would allow Murkowski to run on the party's ticket, Kohlhaas said, "No. It ain't happening."

Kohlhaas said Murkowski's discussion with Haase was "fruitful and constructive" and that another meeting could happen Friday. But he said "she's not going to budge on any issues. We'll meet some more. But there's no room for agreement."

Kohlhaas added that it was "not a meeting of the minds," and that his party was "not going to do a flip-flop" that would be the "biggest in the history of Alaska politics."

"She says she's not going to change her political stripes," he said. "The issues haven't changed."

As for the next best option, Wackowski said that Murkowski is in a good financial position.

"We're in uncharted waters," he said, but noted that Murkowski has $1 million on hand, which he said is a good amount for an Alaskan race. "She's got time to talk to more of her supporters and see what her decision will be."

Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. ehwilson429

    ego driven version of charlie crist.

    September 8, 2010 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  2. This black liberal hates Obama

    Notice in the beggining of the piece how the word outpouring of support is typed "outpouring of support" which basically means it's either coming from Linda Murkowski's own mouth, which basically means she's lying through her teeth, or from some people in her campaign, which basically means they're lying through theirs!

    Sen. Joe Miller (R-AK)

    September 8, 2010 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  3. justintime

    I've never voted republican in my life but get this "Joe Miller" character off the stage. He's not someone a conversation could be had with. God speed Sen. Lisa Murkowski

    September 8, 2010 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  4. Joe Blow

    Politicians really don't care about the constituients agenda's, only their own....."By any means necessasry" is their moral fiber to getting elected....

    September 8, 2010 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
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