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Lisa Murkowski: I don't blame GOP for backing Joe Miller
Politico ^ | 11/16/2010 | Scott Wong

Posted on 11/17/2010 5:36:44 PM PST by Republican Wildcat

As her once improbable reelection bid looks increasingly likely, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Tuesday that she doesn’t hold a grudge against Republican leaders who poured money into the campaign and legal efforts of GOP rival Joe Miller.

Miller upset Murkowski in the Republican primary, but the senator launched a long-shot write-in campaign that may hand her another six years in office. ... “The expectation is that the party nominee will get the funds from [the National Republican Senatorial Committee], their coordinating funds, and they did that,” Murkowski told reporters at the Capitol.

“I knew that by running as a write-in candidate, I would not be my party’s nominee,” she said. “I could not expect that same level of support that other party nominees would have, and that’s the simple reality of it. And the good news for me is I’m standing here today and things are looking good.”

After Miller secured the nomination, Senate Republicans’ campaign committee threw its support and resources to the tea party-backed candidate, who was also endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The campaign committee gave Miller staff and money, and placed independent expenditure ads in the state on his behalf.

It also raised money for Miller’s federal lawsuit seeking to block Alaska election officials from counting write-in ballots in which a candidate's name is not spelled correctly.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: miller; murkowski; nrsc
Touching that she forgives the GOP for backing their own nominee...she doesn't ask the GOP to forgive her for running against her own party's nominee and not abiding by the results of the primary she participated in.
1 posted on 11/17/2010 5:36:52 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

That may be but I don’t forgive her for screwing him and the rest of the country.


2 posted on 11/17/2010 5:38:13 PM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Republican Wildcat

Murkowski should be ostracized...


3 posted on 11/17/2010 5:39:20 PM PST by y6162
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To: y6162

She won’t. She’s an establishment type. McConnell will great her with open arms, and will probably give her back her position.

No more money for the NRSC until she is history.


4 posted on 11/17/2010 5:41:54 PM PST by ABQHispConservative (November, yeah baby! Take that Pelosi.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

BS She is a Lying evil RINO Hag.


5 posted on 11/17/2010 5:42:37 PM PST by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: y6162

I totally agree. She is so unlikeable. We should just let the dems have her.


6 posted on 11/17/2010 5:42:58 PM PST by proudpapa (Proudpapa)
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To: Republican Wildcat; onyx

She blames that hottie from Wasilla, of whom she is immensely jealous of on so many levels...


7 posted on 11/17/2010 5:43:53 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Republican Wildcat

The GOP showed their two faces when they let her keep all her committee spots.
Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, sure they backed Miller.


9 posted on 11/17/2010 5:45:56 PM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: ABQHispConservative

She won’t. She’s an establishment type. McConnell will great her with open arms, and will probably give her back her position.

No more money for the NRSC until she is history.

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Exactly. Conservatives lost in the Delaware and Alaska general elections, but the GOP nomenklatura certainly won.


10 posted on 11/17/2010 5:46:29 PM PST by Psalm 144
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To: Duke1954

>>...I’ll be revoked for this but emails are free and I’ll be back again, and again, and again...<<

Pretty sneaky. ;)


11 posted on 11/17/2010 5:46:56 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Lisa Lisa Lisa

KMA


12 posted on 11/17/2010 5:48:25 PM PST by Carley (WE SAW NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Democraps voted for her so that Miller would not win...

where’s the pride in that, RINO Bitch?


13 posted on 11/17/2010 5:49:43 PM PST by Mr. K (TSA Sexual Assaulters: "You dont get on until we get off")
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To: IrishCatholic

The GOP showed their two faces when they let her keep all her committee spots.
Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, sure they backed Miller.

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One day even the dullest conservatives are going to understand what the GOP is actually about. 2011 is going to be very enlightening for many good people who presently have their hearts set on ‘taking back’ the GOP. Like watching a bad marriage take place, sometimes you just have to sit back and let it work to its broken conclusion.


14 posted on 11/17/2010 5:51:02 PM PST by Psalm 144
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To: Duke1954

Pretty classy.


15 posted on 11/17/2010 5:51:29 PM PST by stuartcr (When politicians politicize issues, aren't they just doing their job?)
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To: Republican Wildcat
she is like fingernails scraping a chalk board
17 posted on 11/17/2010 5:52:36 PM PST by opentalk
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To: Republican Wildcat

as long as the party supports this crud like they did you should never never never trust the republicans


18 posted on 11/17/2010 5:56:21 PM PST by Breto (never accept the premise)
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To: Republican Wildcat

As far as I can tell, the GOP didn’t back Joe Miller, they backed Murkowski. They kept her committee positions - that ought to tell you something.


19 posted on 11/17/2010 5:59:50 PM PST by meyer (Hey Obama - It's the end of the world as you know it.... ..... and I feel fine!)
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To: Psalm 144

Mike Pence told Bret Baer today that the House gets it, when asked about the Senate he just repeated — the HOUSE — gets it.


20 posted on 11/17/2010 6:00:55 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn
Mike Pence told Bret Baer today that the House gets it, when asked about the Senate he just repeated — the HOUSE — gets it.

Well, the NRSC ought to be getting it soon enough. I spent about 5 minutes on the phone with them today. They were trying to pry a donation out of me, and I explained exactly why I wasn't donating. I mentioned 3 of the many RINOs including Murkowski, Graham, and Alexander. He said that "one bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch", to which I replied that it is a lot more than one bad apple. I pretty much let him know that I will only support conservative candidates, and that I will not let the party pick my candidates for me.

I think that more and more people need to do the same.

21 posted on 11/17/2010 6:09:16 PM PST by meyer (Hey Obama - It's the end of the world as you know it.... ..... and I feel fine!)
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To: Republican Wildcat

IMHO, the real lesson here is: people like their pork. Murkowski has publicly opposed resolutions banning earmarks and will continue in the tradition of Ted Stevens and her own father in bringing home the $$$. Miller wanted to end the way Alaska did business with the Feds. Right now, it looks like a plurality of Alaskan voters agree with Murky’s formula.

Sorry to be a downer, everyone. I’m just feeling very cynical tonight...


22 posted on 11/17/2010 6:10:52 PM PST by DemforBush (If I ever get back my blue jeans...Lord, how happy could one man be?)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Murky is a ‘rat (along with being a real witch).


23 posted on 11/17/2010 6:11:19 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: DemforBush
Naw...the lesson is...a sore loser @#%#$ Queen fouled the system up.

And then DIMS voted for her....to poke the stupid Party in the eye.

24 posted on 11/17/2010 6:13:52 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: DemforBush

Looks like she stole it from the casual observer and that the local Republicans are too gutless to challenge it. Do you REALLY think most people believe that people wrote her in even though she lost the Primary???? I smell a Rat and this is on the same level as Harry Reid in Nevada having a 9 point swing in a single night. It’s a fraud period to anyone with half a brain. NEVER has this ever happen. I’m sorry but this woman is not that popular. If you are a voter in Alaska, then you just had your vote stolen.


25 posted on 11/17/2010 6:18:05 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Republican Wildcat

Can you believe this lie? The GOP was stumbling all over itself to make sure another RINO turncoat stayed in office.


26 posted on 11/17/2010 6:23:19 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: meyer
As far as I can tell, the GOP didn’t back Joe Miller, they backed Murkowski.

What do you mean as far "as you can tell"? They just sent the staff and spent all of the money and ran all of the ads on his behalf, and none for Murkowski, but just somehow secretly hoped she would still win and their efforts would fail to help Miller? I guess that's a possible theory, but to say nothing substantial was done to help Miller is false. You posted in another thread that the GOP leadership made the decision to "keep her in the race despite another candidate winning the primary" as though it was up to them and not Murkowski herself to file as a write-in.

27 posted on 11/17/2010 6:29:01 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Sprite518

Not so sure - she polled strongly even when she was not offered as a choice by the pollster and people just volunteered her name - that indicated to me from the start this was going to be trouble.


28 posted on 11/17/2010 6:32:51 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Psalm 144

I think they are good cops/bad cops, who is what depends on what ones politics are. But it really doesn’t seem to matter, it’s their private club once they’re there to do as they wish. They have to make a show of playing the game for the consumption of the peons. Especially when they’re in a position for their grandstanding not to matter, like being in the minority. I will be surprised if anything meaningful gets done on defunding Obamacare in a meaningful way, much less ever repealed. Already Harry Reid has plans ro expand government control over food. Yeah, they listened all right, then went in the back room so they could giggle.


29 posted on 11/17/2010 6:42:35 PM PST by mrsmel
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To: Republican Wildcat

They kept her committee positions. They would not have done that if they didn’t want her to win. Throwing a few bucks to Miller was likely done for cover - they also threw a few bucks to O’Donnell after their kingpin Rove bashed her like he’s never bashed anybody before. It’s pretty obvious that the RINO leadership didn’t want her to win either.

They wouldn’t have backed Rubio either if he weren’t such an incredibly good candidate. Crist was the tool of choice of the NRSC early on. They would gladly have had another compromiser in the Senate instead of the fairly conservative Rubio.

The party leadership needs to be cleaned out before I’ll EVER donate to the Republican party again.


30 posted on 11/17/2010 6:50:49 PM PST by meyer (Hey Obama - It's the end of the world as you know it.... ..... and I feel fine!)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Next time, please don’t pick a guy who wants to emulate East Germany and handcuffs the media. I’m sorry but is true. Conservatives didn’t lose in 2010. Losers lost.


31 posted on 11/17/2010 7:01:09 PM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Oh horseshi+!!!

I am totally convinced that the Senate’s RINO Cocktail Party set would have preferred the Democrat win over a Miller victory. Miller and the Tea Party threatens everything they love about their cozy insular Washington lifestyle.

I just hope Miller keeps fighting!


32 posted on 11/17/2010 7:02:05 PM PST by Ronin (Add sufficient applied thrust and pigs fly just fine. However, don't ask about the flying monkeys.)
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To: meyer
The party leadership needs to be cleaned out before I’ll EVER donate to the Republican party again.

This is what we all should agree with and practice. I give an earful to GOP fundraisers when they call. Of course I let them know that I'm not flaming the phone bank caller but that I expect the gist of what I tell them to be passed on when a supervisor asks them how it's going.

Several have been quite responsive, they knew what or who my rage was aimed at.

33 posted on 11/17/2010 7:03:31 PM PST by brushcop (CW4 Matthew Lourey CW2 Joshua Scott/ Kiowa pilots KIA Iraq '05. Thank you for our son's life.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Sorry still don’t believe she won it fairly. You can thank RINOS like Rove that hate conservative Republican more than any type of Democrats. It’s elitist a$$holes like ROVE that are helping destroy not only the Republican party but our country.


34 posted on 11/17/2010 7:05:31 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: DemforBush

“IMHO, the real lesson here is: people like their pork. Murkowski has publicly opposed resolutions banning earmarks and will continue in the tradition of Ted Stevens and her own father in bringing home the $$$. Miller wanted to end the way Alaska did business with the Feds. Right now, it looks like a plurality of Alaskan voters agree with Murky’s formula.”

Wasn’t Palin very popular because she ended the pork and stuff? This would be a complete turn-around!
No, I think it is because they were turned off by Miller’s statements and actions that had nothing to do with conservative principles.


35 posted on 11/17/2010 7:05:56 PM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: Sprite518

There could well be some voter fraud, Sprite518. If there is, then by all means I hope someone can find the evidence and take it to court. But there’s other things to consider, IMHO.

-Murkowski probably got a fair number of crossover Democrats who thought she’d be better for “business as usual” than Miller and realized their own candidate (McAdams) had no chance at winning.

-She also went heavily after groups like certain native tribes who depend heavily on federal aid. Chances are they didn’t turn out in the primaries, but did turn out for Murkowski in the general because of her outreach and Miller’s stance on ending the flow of federal money to the sate.

-Miller stumbled badly the last few weeks of the campaign. Given that he barely won the primary, it’s not impossible that his support among some in the GOP was soft and his missteps cost him.


36 posted on 11/17/2010 7:27:11 PM PST by DemforBush (If I ever get back my blue jeans...Lord, how happy could one man be?)
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To: meyer
Oh there is a whole lot more, I don't even take their calls anymore, the people calling might as well be at calling centers in India....... but as for bad apples, this is the list of GOP Senators who passed SB570 out of committee (a bill sponsored by DICK DURBIN).

Here's the list that helped it pass committee: Yea TN Alexander, Lamar [R]

Yea WY Barrasso, John [R]

Yea MA Brown, Scott [R]

Yea NC Burr, Richard [R]

Yea ME Collins, Susan [R]

Yea TN Corker, Bob [R]

Yea WY Enzi, Michael [R]

Yea IA Grassley, Charles [R]

Yea NH Gregg, Judd [R]

Yea NE Johanns, Mike [R]

Yea FL LeMieux, George [R]

Yea IN Lugar, Richard [R]

Yea ME Snowe, Olympia [R]

Yea SD Thune, John [R]

Yea LA Vitter, David [R]

Yea OH Voinovich, George [R]

I guess we know who Monsanto has in their pockets and once again the taxpayers don't count.

37 posted on 11/17/2010 7:28:39 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: DemforBush

Have to admit good points and well said.


38 posted on 11/17/2010 7:33:15 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: ari-freedom

“No, I think it is because they were turned off by Miller’s statements and actions that had nothing to do with conservative principles.”

That probably did make a difference, to be sure. I disagree on the federal money issue, but I do respect where you are coming from.


39 posted on 11/17/2010 7:33:49 PM PST by DemforBush (If I ever get back my blue jeans...Lord, how happy could one man be?)
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To: DemforBush

Earmarking works when everyone else does it. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.
But nobody in the House is going to vote just for Lisa’s earmarks. oh well.


40 posted on 11/17/2010 7:45:40 PM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Lisa Murkowski is a slime-ball politician.

There’s no way she can convince me that she didn’t steal this election.

She’s not THAT good.

And her condescension of Sarah Palin . . . makes me want to shake her silly.

And to top it all off, her face is always screwed up in some angry pose.

Sarah Palin smiles; Lisa Murkowski scowls.


41 posted on 11/17/2010 8:58:45 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (I am a US Citizen, A Patriot, A TEA Partier, An Oath Keeper, A Voter!)
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To: rightwingextremist1776

To: RNC and NRSC

Murkowski= Republican means my donation = $0


42 posted on 11/18/2010 2:43:05 PM PST by Windy City Conservative (Kyle Smith)
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To: Windy City Conservative

I stopped sending the RNC donations a long time ago...I only give to the candidates I support....RINOs aren’t one of them. I guess the monopoly money I sent with the note convinced them that they were waisting their time. I said that I would start sending them real money when they start supporting real Conservative Republicans....Haven’t seen a fund raising letter since.


43 posted on 11/18/2010 3:48:43 PM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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