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)
  1. Gerald

    Poor sport, step aside loser.

    September 16, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. Dan

    People like Murkowski and Arlen Specter start to believe that they are entitled to their place in Congress. This may come as a shock to Murkowski: you are not indispensable, and you can't hold on to your powerful seat. You lost – go back home now.

    September 16, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. Kevin Cantu

    Last time I checked it's a free country. If the Republicans believe in freedom and democracy then they will back down and let this woman run as she likes. I guess it obvious that the only thing Republicans care about is just winning seats in the senate. How about a plan to kick start this economy Republicans instead of just winning seats!!!

    September 16, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. hwy911

    Murkowsky is history. Now, take a look at the above pictures. Would you buy a used car from either one of them? And Miller – have you ever seen such a fake smile on any candidate you were seriously considering voting for? HE'S A LAWYER. HE'S JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE IN WASHINGTON. Do you really expect change out of this guy? Get real, Alaska. If it walks like a duck...

    September 16, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Kelly

    Clearly the Republican party is out of touch with reality. For them to bow over and support a nobody from the extremist tea party is clear and convincing evidence of how low the Republican leadership would go just to retake congress. I am ashamed to be called a Republican.

    September 16, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. CBR

    The GOP statement is most interesting. I thought this was a free country and anybody who go the required amount of citizen signatures could be on the ballot. in fact, if Senator Murkowski decides to enter as a write-in candidate that is her right and privilege.

    Sarah Palin is running around the country deciding who would be the appropriate candidate for national political office. She is using her standards and philosophy as her guidelines. I really haven't much from the Republicans about that. It seems they don't want to rock the Palin boat. That alone shows their lack of courage.

    The GOP will have its hands full after November if the new tea party candidates win. I don't think they will be a malleable as the present politicians. Will they stand-by while Senator McConnell and Rep. Boehner call the shots after all they have run on the idea that the old ways do not work and they will bring new ideas forward.

    September 16, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. barry

    Why can't she move on with her life. The voters in Alaska fired her. That will happen to many Democrats here in a few days. If you ignore the will of the people voters will fire you.

    September 16, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. Tom in Delaware

    After the the tens of thousansds of e-mails and phone calls that the RNC received after the Christine O'Donnell victory in Delaware to demand that they support her Lisa Murkowski's hopes of any backing from the GOP were dashed.

    September 16, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Step Aside

    You got beat, accept it and step aside gracefully. The new conservative movement has no time for the old ways. The sane people of America are fed up with these incompetant, moronic liberals running the country and kissing every butt in the world.

    September 16, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. colowest

    Run, Lisa, run!!!!!

    September 16, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. el padrino

    this article reads more like a 007 script.
    it would definitely be a $$$ grossing weekend blockbuster!

    September 16, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  12. jen

    Alaska republicans are for Lisa. Alaska Tea Partiers are for MIller. The national GOP is just hedging its bets. Shame on them. McConnel is a Tea Partier in drag.

    September 16, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. Steve51

    Not fun for a political party to be caught between that old rock and a hard spot.

    September 16, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  14. JonDie

    Run, Lisa, run!

    September 16, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. windrider2

    That's right. Seig Heil! Fall in line and goosestep lively, all you AK Republicans. Sarah doesn't like you and your family, Lisa, so take a hike. We're backing the new Grizzly Adams.

    At least this makes it clear to all Republicans who DON'T tremble before the Tea Party: they've just hijacked your party. Probably for good. So either back the extremists (and their money men, the Brothers Koch) or stay home on election day. Your party doesn't want you if you won't do what you're told.

    September 16, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  16. Ken

    Man some of these politicians are sore losers. First Crist in Florida, now Mukowski in Alaska, and rumors are swirling Clark in Delware may try the same thing. Look folks, you were REJECTED by the people who voted in your primaries. The only thing such independent bids do in most cases is cause your opponent to lose and the seat goes to the opposing party. So swallow your pride and you enormous egos that can't accept the fact that you are NOT beloved by the people, and give your support to the WINNER!

    If anyone needed proof that career politicians are more interested in holding a position (and the power that comes with it), these folks prove that point.

    September 16, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. floridian

    Why not the same comment from the Republican leadership to the turncoat Crist?

    September 16, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  18. Terry

    I support her bid to run as an independent. The voters deserve to see as many people as possible on the ballot.

    September 16, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  19. HWY TECH

    ALthough i am not a republican i say run lisa run. do it just to show the establishment an the far far right that they can't deciate to indivsuals about their rights to seek office or not thank you

    September 16, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  20. Hot Patata

    Wow. I'm pushing 40, and I'm pretty sure Alaska hasn't had two Democratic senators at once in my lifetime. Looks like Murkowski and the Tea Party Peoples are about to seal the giftwrap on just such a present. Like Grandpa used to say- You can't fix stupid.

    September 16, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  21. bob

    If she is a woman of integrity, she will not run nor endorse the Republican candidate, but endorse the Democrat who is a true Alaskan native.

    September 16, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  22. Buster Bloodvessel

    It's nice to see them squabbling over who gets to wreck the USA.

    September 16, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  23. normajean

    I'm surprised that the ALASKAN voters are getting behind Joe Miller, when he is being supported by Sarah Palin who casually turned her back on them to hit the big time circuit for big time money. What ever happened to loyalty, integrity and just plain love of the state you live and maybe were even born in?????

    September 16, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  24. aunt Bea and Opie

    Those poor eskimos were bribed into this vote.

    September 16, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  25. Sonnie

    Looks like she is a sore loser.
    We need to throw all the bums out and I hope Joe Miller wins big

    September 16, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
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