September 21st, 2010
03:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Murkowski likely to be stripped of committee

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caption="Senate Republicans said they will move to strip Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski from her post as ranking Republican on the Senate Energy Committee."]

Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans just said they will move tomorrow to strip Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, from her post as ranking Republican on the Senate Energy Committee.

Republicans say Wednesday they will vote to elect an acting ranking member and then the full GOP conference will ratify the vote.

Republicans will also vote to elect a replacement for Murkowski in the leadership. She resigned Friday as vice chair of the Senate GOP conference.

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman, John Cornyn, R-Texas, told CNN this is, "the appropriate thing to do. When you chose not to accept the judgment of the primary voters and run as a write in... it has consequences."

Another Republican came out of the Senate GOP lunch and told CNN it was clear Murkowski has virtually no support among her colleagues anymore. That senator spoke on condition of anonymity, in order to speak freely about a private meeting.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Eric

    To quote Nelson Muntz, "HA-Haaa!"

    September 21, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Hunter of the lib hunter

    Where can you go when you are branded by the GObP? I think the senate republicans just helped her chances in Alaska, as they do not represent real Americans.

    September 21, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. thomas

    Angry Mama Bear !

    September 21, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. GL

    The Republican party is their own worst enemy.

    September 21, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. vette gal

    OMG, The eating of their own is off to a running start. Anyone can elect to run a write-in campaign for political office in our great country. So why should she be chastized for this. It is her right to do so. I am so over being a republican. When the republican party moves into today's world, I might go back but until then, will stay an independent.

    September 21, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Nick , California

    People think the Dems have it hard... yeah right the Republicans are eating their own for power! The Republican's agenda of peddling fear will win them some seats, but they must present real strategies and solutions to some of our problems and not just be another Politician/welfare recipient with a big bark and no bite!!

    September 21, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Brad

    Enough already!!! Castle in DE, Murkowski in AK....... the voters have spoken, now get over it. In case you weren't aware, that's how our system works. You are just making yourselves look pathetic.

    September 21, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. bob

    I guess Republicans just proved they are in the pockets of the Tea Party. What are they afraid of? Murkowski should get behind the Democratic candidate, a true Alaskan.

    September 21, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Dennis in AZ

    LMAO!! I love this story. It's true irony when someone who is doing everything they can to preserve their power and status is being sanctioned by the very same people who told her from the time she got elected to preserve her power and status, while trying to preserve their own power and status.

    September 21, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. kakaraka

    The GOP voted against a defense bill that will strenghten our military personal and combat equipment. Vote them out all in November. They are not patriot at all. Every thing President Obama propose they say no but that is hurting the country in the defense, economy and social sectors. Vote the GOP senators out in November America! They are just defending rich people, big oil and wall street. They don't care about the middle class but just tax cut for the rich and voting against a bill of military and defense spending in the middle of war. Disgusting. Vote GOP senators out America!

    September 21, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Liberman should get the same

    Smart decision The Dems should do the same to Liberman,. Anyone – in either party – who runs in a party primary as a Dem or Republican and loses -– and then runs as an Independent should not hold any committee position and should not be allowed to caucus with either party. If they want to run as an independent – then they should forego the primary altogether -- The Joe Liberman incident should be treated the same -- If the parties do not take this firm line then what is the point of having primaries at all?

    September 21, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. NO Tea For Me

    Just like republicans, throw you under the subway as if you never existed.

    September 21, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Tiffani

    The GOPs should be used to this, they have yet to accept the judgment of the american voters when we voted Obama in office. Watch out Murkowski, they will make things hard for you when things don't go their way.

    September 21, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Bill

    So what are you going to do with DeMint?

    September 21, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Marge

    About the 5 per cent of republicans that are tea bags sure have the rank and file republicans scared. Wonder if it is because the Koch brothers and Dick Armey with all their money, who funds the tea bags are pulling the republican strings.

    Nothing will wake these crazy tea bags up, I never knew a bunch of people that would shoot them selves in the butt to go against their best interest like these stupids are doing. But that's republicans for you, that straw they have up there for brains is starting to leak.

    September 21, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Rafael

    What a loser this lady is! She is embracing herself. Palin took the Murkowskis copletely out of power buahahahahahahahahahahaaa!

    September 21, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. pkgr

    The GOP will eat their own rather than to stand up against the Tea Party. They know that they cannot be elected without them and would rather turn into a bunch of angry bigots.

    September 21, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. geecee

    That ought to teach any Republican not to "cross" the party leaders; otherwise they will be ostracized severely. The Rethugs have always gone for the jugular – they have a reputation for being particularly brutal against their opponents, even members of their own party, if they are not in lock-step with the leadership. Real gestapos, those guys. The Dems. ought to take a lesson and become a whole lot less civilized. Nice guys evidently DO finish last, as evidenced by the current TBag Massacre. Be the Karl Rove/Newt Gingrich type of Rethuglicant; be cut-throat, below-the-belt hateful lying lowlife and you will always win your seat and the hearts of all Rethuglicants Tbaggers everywhere!!

    September 21, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Whatever

    WOW how quickly they turn their back on you!!!!! I hope she remembers this when/if she wins. She should vote against them even though she went along with them the past two years!!!!!

    September 21, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Jerry

    Clearly the rules need to change, she has been fired by her constituents take the keys and the pay check away now.

    September 21, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Clwyd

    The repulsive republicans have or are becoming unstable. Self destruction is on the way! I'm loving it!

    September 21, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Clwyd

    She has no support from the Party anymore! Great, buck the party establishment and keep your write in campaign. If I lived in that forsaken state of Alaska I would vote for her!

    September 21, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. The Unsub

    press on Lisa!

    September 21, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. RBTL

    I'm sure those in the Senate that are going to strip Murkowski from the posts she holds have to be thinking that it could easily be themselves in her position. But hey, ride that optimistic wave and throw one of your own party under the bus. Just don't plan on her having warm, fuzzy feelings for you if she ends up winning.

    September 21, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. joseph bartley

    I think she is taking a couragious stand agaist the extream of the repbulican party. a party that bears little resemblemce to the party oof linclone and teddy rosavelt the party of the rich .big oil and the banks and selfish tea party people who cares onley for the divedends and capital gains of their portfolio ! i hope she splits the vote and the dem wins! the gop is out of touch w the majoritiy of americans with the exception of teaparty and the one third who watch the very biased fox news!

    September 21, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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