September 16th, 2010
08:31 PM ET
11 years ago

GOP to Murkowski: Miller's our guy

[cnn-photo-caption image=
caption="GOP will support Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller even if Sen. Lisa Murkowski runs as a write-in candidate."] (CNN) - Republican Party officials appear to be making it perfectly clear who they'll support if Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska decides to continue her bid to keep her seat.

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

Murkowksi's scheduled to be in Alaska Friday to announce whether she will run in November's general election, with her most likely option being a bid as a write-in candidate.

Thursday evening the National Republican Senatorial Committee released a statement regarding Murkowski.

"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," says NRSC Communications Director Brian Walsh, in a statement.

"No matter what Senator Murkowski decides for her own political interests in the future, Republicans are united behind Joe Miller's nomination, and we are confident that he will be elected Alaska's next U.S. Senator in November," adds Walsh.

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Filed under: 2010 • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (57 Responses)

    Give it up you are an incumbent. They will all be gone come Nov 2010. So don't get any ideas of mounting something as CNN stated.

    September 16, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. Freedom

    Amen. We need change! Go Joe Miller!

    September 16, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. Survey says......

    Well, then. She should definitely run! If they are soooooo confident that Miller will be elected the next Senator of Alaska, who cares if Murkowski endorses him. They are just scared that she will siphon off the votes of those who don't want the Talibagger-backed candidate, resulting in a democratic win.

    September 16, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Tea Hating Republican

    Oh I really hopes she runs. Miller will still win, but only because Alaska's education system has apparently failed it's citizens. The primary race between them was extremely close so the general election won't give him a landslide win. Just make it close enough to wipe that arrogant smirk off his right wing extremist face. And pissing off Palin will certainly earn Murkowski bonus points with the majority of Americans.

    September 16, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. sir magneto

    Give up lady, the nutjobs won out.

    September 16, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. sir magneto

    The nutjobs won fair and square.

    September 16, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Clwyd

    I hope and pray she will make a bid! I would like nothing better than to see the republicans and the right wing nut extreme racists in it start tearing themselves apart! Alaska would be a fitting place to begin!

    September 16, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. Liz the First

    Oh, please Lisa, run as a write-in candidate. do a Nader on Miller. 🙂

    September 16, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  9. sir magneto

    hey GOP, if you cant beat the nutjobs, join them. haha. turncoat opportunists.

    September 16, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. ronalde

    go for it.

    September 16, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  11. rdepontb

    This is the same Republican committee that wouldn't support O'Donnell, that in fact has lost, in total, a bu nch of incumbents' seats. They're on a downhill spiral, and have not room to tell anyone what to do or what not to do.

    If Miller got the nomination via last-minute plays from out of state, then he is not truly Alaska's choice, is he?

    Ms. Murkowski, please do the state a HUGE favor and get back into this thing! Enough bullying from Sarah and Co!

    September 16, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. Rafael

    Lisa Alaska told you no! Why is it so hard to understand! Don't be a sore loser! You beat Obama on the issue that he dose not hear the American people but you don't listen to the Alaskan people!

    Show Mr. Castle from Delaware how is done and endorse the winner Joe Miller!

    September 16, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. ronalde

    go for it ,don't be a quitter like sista sara.

    September 16, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. jules sand-perkins

    Standing behind Miller is exactly what Republicans should do, especially since Murkowski didn't stand behind Republicans when she had the office.

    September 16, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  15. Cocitizen

    If the Democrats had handled Joe Leiberman this way when he lost the Democratic primary in Connecticut to Ed Lamont they would have a real Democrat in that seat instead of a traitor. Good for the RNC! They are doing exactly what they should do. Support the nominee of their party.
    Can you imagine what the GOP would have done to a Senator who supported the nominee of the opposition party for President like Leiberman did. Of course the Dems did nothing and ole Joe has expressed his appreciation by stabbing the Senate Democrats in the back every chance he gets.

    September 16, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. Da Professor

    Psssst - What would Palin and the GOP do if Joe Miller turns out to be a wing-nut? Lose the election to a Democrat? Yikes! The GOP is running against themself now. One loser running against another loser in the same Party? Yoweeee!

    September 16, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. humalog

    Go Murkowski, go. Run as an independent. If you don't win; better with a dem over your sick former GOP opponent.

    September 16, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  18. ABM

    I hope she still runs. I do not want this guy in office due to what he represents and said he will do. He is not for the common citizen – he is against the other party plain and simple.

    Please run and split the vote.

    To the people in AK – Get THIS vote right and vote Democrat.

    September 16, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. nellie bly

    It seems the GOP has created their own monster in the Tea Party. Once thinking to use them, they're discovering that they can't control them.

    September 16, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. True Conservative

    RINOS, Dims, moderates need not apply.
    We are taking over in November, so stay home, it will be less painfull

    September 16, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |

    iam not a republican but iam happy that murkowski is going back anything is better than miller or anymore of palins gronnies..

    September 16, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. Julie C in CA

    Just do it Lisa....they don't own you. All you need to tell them is, "Bite me!"

    September 16, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  23. Tracy

    Don't give up Murkowski.

    September 16, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. USA 1

    This man wants to eliminate Medicare, Medicade, & Tricare, repeal our healthcare law, and invest our Social Security funds into a gambling casino called Wall Street (where millions of Americans lost almost everything when the bottom dropped out of the market). The Tea Party also opposes individual freedom, our own government, & government retirements like that of military personnel. Miller also supports greed, Free Market Wahhabism and deregulation. The same greed & deregulation that sent Wall Street over a cliff…He is so far to the right, he is off the map.

    September 16, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  25. Chaos

    Go for it!

    September 16, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
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