Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who conceded the GOP primary to tea-party-backed Joe Miller last month, said she'll decide by Friday whether to mount a write-in candidacy.
It's the only option remaining for Murkowski if she wants a chance to hold onto her seat. On Monday, Libertarian candidate David Haase said he wouldn't step aside to clear a spot on that party's ticket. And Murkowski, in a statement released Tuesday, said she couldn't have sought the Libertarian nomination in good conscience, anyway.
''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,'' Murkowski said. ''I will not wrap myself in the flag of another political party for the sake of election at any cost.''
California-based Tea Party Express, through its PAC, reported spending more than $550,000 in support of Miller. The group, which sought to brand Murkowski as a liberal and a Republican in name only, repeated claims that Murkowski opposed the repeal of the federal health care overhaul -- a claim that Murkowski called false. She pointed to her record to prove her point.
The group has vowed to do whatever it can to ensure Miller -- a self-described ''constitutional conservative'' -- gets elected in November. But Amy Kremer, Tea Party Express' chair, said the group is not extremist but rather made up of ''mainstream Americans; we have the people of this country behind us. That's why we're able to do what we do.''