September 14th, 2010
08:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Murkowski: decision by Friday on write-in bid

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski will make a decision by Friday on whether she’ll launch a write-in campaign for re-election."](Updated at 8:20 p.m. ET)

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she'll decide by Friday whether to try an admittedly "difficult" write-in candidacy this fall to keep her seat. Murkowski was defeated in last month's Republican primary by once longshot Joe Miller, who enjoyed the backing and support of Tea Party activists and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Murkowski confirmed in a written statement Tuesday that she will not seek a spot as the Libertarian Party candidate for Senate. The party's nominee said this week he would not step aside following a meeting with her.

In her statement, Murkowski said, "I cannot in good conscience seek the Libertarian nomination" despite advisors and friends urging her to "find a way to get my name printed on a ballot at all costs."

"As disappointed as I am in the outcome of the primary and my belief that the Alaska Republican Party was hijacked by the Tea Party Express, an outside extremist group, I am not going to quit my party. I will not wrap myself in the flag of another political party for the sake of an election at any cost."

She said that only leaves her "with the more difficult task of running a write-in campaign should I decide to continue in the race".

After conceding the election two weeks ago. Murkowski had planned to stay out of the race, but aides said she decided to reconsider.

"I will continue to seek advice from my fellow Alaskans about what is best for the state's future and announce a decision by Friday," she said.

Murkowski, the daughter of a former Alaska senator and governor, has returned to Washington as Congress came back into session this week.

The Tea Party Express, the national Tea Party organization that endorsed Miller and spent nearly $600,000 in support of his candidacy, calls Murkowski a "sore loser"

"Not all the hanging chads in the world can undo the fact that she lost. After thirty-years of having a Murkowski as Senator, Alaskans voted for change. The fact that she dishonors the decision of Alaska's voters shows nothing but contempt for the people of Alaska," said Levi Russell, Communications Director of the Tea Party Express, in a statement.

"It's time for her to start doing the right thing by volunteering to help Joe Miller win this election for the Republican Party in November," added Russell.

(Updated at 8:20 p.m. ET)

Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Mike in VA

    Step aside Lisa, it's over.

    September 14, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. Jackalope

    Go for it, Lisa !!!

    September 14, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. Dan, TX

    Sen. Murkowski would win if she decides to run.

    September 14, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Turtle-face is going to have a heck-uv-a battle on his hands trying to herd cats very soon. ha ha ha ha ha hah ha

    It's really pitiful – they kick people out that head major committees for a bunch of wackos that want to enrage the 50+ crowd by messing with social security and medicare, and won't make it long enough to head any committees. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    September 14, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. Larry

    Republicans ... eating their young

    I LOVE IT ...

    September 14, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    What a shrill shrew.

    September 14, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. silver

    Holy sour grapes...

    September 14, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. the real ib

    you lost lady except it and move out of the way.

    September 14, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. Marvin

    It wasn’t an outside extremist group that didn’t support you. It was Alaskans. Republican Alaskans. Don’t split the votes and allow the democrats to win. Be a good loser and step aside.

    September 14, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    Another 'SURE' win for the Democrats if Murkowski decides on a WRITE IN!!!

    Yes We Can!!!

    September 14, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  11. Barry

    Why doesn't she just go away? The Alaskan people spoke and they chose Joe Miller.

    September 14, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. ahmed

    That's disappinted for Lisa

    September 14, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. jbakaregit

    Murkowski, go ahead and do the write-in.

    Don't listen to Mr. Russell and don't think too far ahead about splitting the ticket and handing the seat to the Democrat. Things happen. Palin cramped your style so take her and her candidate down with you. I'm sure there is a nice posh job as an oil lobbyist waiting on you (you've worked so hard for them).

    September 14, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  14. Who's boneheaded the most?

    Don't look at me; I'm not the most boneheaded. Read the title of the article again. Then look at the picture. Then read the title again.

    September 14, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  15. Aaron

    I hope this lady goes for the write-in campaign. She got shafted by a bogus movement of extremists funded by the billionaire Koch brothers. Their attempts to take over the GOP should be thwarted since anyone elected under the Tea Party logo will be representing the billionaires, not their constituents.

    September 14, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |