September 17th, 2010
07:14 PM ET
13 years ago

Tea Party Express: Murkowski doesn't 'get it'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="The Tea Party Express told CNN on Friday that Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's decision to mount a write-in re-election effort shows that she doesn't 'get it'."]

(CNN) - The Chairman of the Tea Party Express told CNN on Friday that Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's decision to mount a write-in re-election effort shows that she doesn't "get it."

"She was fired by the people. The people were given a choice and they voted for somebody else," Amy Kremer told CNN. Kremer said she was shocked to learn of Murkowski's decision.

Kremer's group worked hard to push Joe Miller, the winner of Alaska's GOP Senate primary, over the finish line. After endorsing Miller in June, the Tea Party Express sent in staffers to scour the state in support of his candidacy and spent nearly $600,000 to help his campaign.

Adding yet another twist to the dramatic Republican battle in Alaska, Kremer thought her conservative organization was essentially done beating back Murkowski's re-election bid. But told CNN that given this latest development, "Oh, I'm sure we'll be back up there at some point."

Murkowski's decision to mount a write-in effort is sure to spark anger among her Republican colleagues. On Thursday Brian Walsh, Communications Director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in a statement, "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."

There is speculation that Murkowski's refusal to bow out of the race could split the Republican vote, possibly helping the Democratic challenger, Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams.
Kremer told CNN she is not worried about Murkowski's decision.

"If anything, it's going to turn more voters out for [Miller] because it's going to tick people off."
Kremer also addressed a fresh slam from Murkowski. In press release put out on Wednesday – stating when she'd announce her decision on a write-in bid - Murkowski wrote that she believed, "That the Alaska Republican Party was hijacked by the Tea Party Express, an outside extremist group."

Kremer told CNN her group is unfazed by the criticism.

"She can say whatever she wants to about us," Kremer said. "It's not us who voted, it's the people of Alaska and I don't think they're too extreme."

Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Lisa Murkowski • Tea Party Express
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Indy

    She dosent get it ? Is that like Sarah Palin does not get that she lost McCains campaign and continues to act like she won and is a somebody ? Is that the same as Palin not getting that The majority of Americans voted for her to go away and be quiet ?

    September 17, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  2. bob

    Murkowski should know this it is difficult to get elected through a write in. She should support the Democratic candidate who, like her, is a true Alaskan native, unlike Mr. Miller.

    September 17, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  3. L

    "She was fired by the people."

    Beware of the tyranny of the mob. I remember the 60's with radicals shouting "power to the people" and shouting down anyone who disagreed with them. Now the right wing is drinking the same poison. The "tea party" is a very vocal group that may swing several elections but it is not "the people". No one can assert that claim.

    More importantly, those that claim to be "the people" usually end up using that claim to authorize them to suppress all dissidents.

    September 17, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  4. Dave, CA

    Democrats will enjoy this announcement. Last time Democrats kept Ted Stevens away and got their senator and this time they are tyring to creep in. Losers.

    September 17, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. bill stapp

    Our elected leaders often tell us that if we don't like what they do we can vote them out of office. It is very kind of Murkowski to give the boss a second chance to consider her being fired. Alaska should just re-elect her and maybe apologize to her also.

    September 17, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. A.B.

    The conservatives of Alaska and Sarah Palin are the ones who don't get it and understand that Miller is unfit for the senate and that he is chop liver for the Democrats to defeat. Also, Murkowski's efforts to get her job back is futile and will only serve to split the vote and result in the senate seat going to the Democrats. GO LISA!!

    September 17, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. Djinn

    It is a sad day when an Alaskan Democrat like me is thinking that Murkowski is definitely the better choice for middle class Alaskans. Miller is a tea-tard and a dumbass who would move the country back into the McCarthy era politically and back to Herbert Hoover fiscally. And word is that his "social" conservatism is recent and strategic.

    September 17, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. Gerald

    Hint, you lost go home.

    September 17, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  9. USA 1

    Th etEa Party doiesn't get it either...they are traitors and antio-AMerican. they are against anything that will help the middle class and the average blue collare working American.

    They are even against our own military!

    September 17, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. Aaron

    Congrats to Ms. Murkowski for standing up the Tea Party, Kremer, Miller, and Palin...and the guys who they work for and who provide their funding...the billionaire Koch brothers.

    September 17, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  11. David Reston, VA

    Lisa, Daddy can't give you your job back. Please listen to Sarah Palin and stop.

    September 17, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  12. Robert Moses

    Translated from tea baggese -

    Murkowski is an infidel and we shall wage tea-had against her for her desecration of the tea-hadi way. She shal feel the wrath of tea-hadis attacking her every waking moment for her herasy agains the word of lord sarah. She should bow down prostrate and worship the tea bag, like toomey, miller, odonel, paul, rubio...she should repeat the holy name of beck and beg his forgivness, and pray for absolution from the brothers koch, the would be kings of America.

    September 17, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  13. ronalde

    if they wasn't worried why are they making all of these statements,apparently there is some kind of tell tale signs that is telling lisa to run maybe the tea party has underestimated her go for it lisa,don't tuck tail and hide.

    September 17, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  14. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The Tea Party is no longer a grass roots movement. All you have to do is follow the money. The money will lead you to organizations like "Americans for Prosperity" which is large corporate money (many foreign owned) trying to sway American voters to break the American middle class.

    September 17, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  15. Bill

    The sense of entitlement coming from defeated incumbents is infuriating!
    You lost, deal with it! These people are so full of themselves that they are willing to risk what they say they believe in to further their own arrogant career ambitions. (Charlie Crist are you listening?)
    They're actually acting like democrats . . . "The election didn't go our way so we're going to try to devise some other means to win (lay suits, write in candidacies, etc.)"
    The republicans had better get a clue and fast. The true conservatives in this country are taking their party back from the establishment. It's time to man-up and stand for what we believe in!

    September 17, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  16. Coherent1

    Lisa knows exactly what she's doing. She has regained the upperhand and is going after a Palin Payback. If she remains on the ballot, she will split the vote and the position will go to the Dem. There's infighting within the party; it's too divided and can not stand.

    September 18, 2010 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  17. Chedar

    Don't worry I know how to spell ur name.
    Murkieski right? You can be sure the Tea Party will get it.right with big surprise of upset
    . Their candidate is going to loose

    September 18, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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