Senator Lisa Murkowski says there are no hard feelings between Governor Palin and herself, despite the fact that the Governor endorsed Joe Miller for Senate over her. However, she did admit to being surprised.
Darren Goode of The Hill writes:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s endorsement of her more conservative GOP primary challenger caught her by surprise but strongly disputes the notion that there is a “blood war” between two of the most powerful families in Alaska.
Read the full article here.
While Murkowski dismissed the notion that she and Palin have anything less than a "respectful professional relationship," she was less kind when discussing the Tea Party Express' endorsement of Joe Miller, but they were quick to correct her assertions:
“When somebody from another state comes in and says, ‘I’m here because I don’t think that your senator is doing what she needs to do,’ as an Alaskan, I take a little bit of offense at that,” she said. “I can observe for myself, I can make my own decisions. And besides that, what does a Californian know about what the people in Alaska need and want?”
Levi Russell, communications director for the Tea Party Express, said that while the main office is located in Sacramento, the group boasts roughly 400,000 members nationwide, including 2,000 in Alaska.
“To say that we’re California-based I think is insulting to all our proud Alaskans that are members,” said Russell.
Murkowski complains that outsiders should have no say in who represents Alaskans in the Senate. I beg to differ, of course, as anyone we send to Washington affects the entire nation. Nonetheless, I will play by her rules and focus on one of her own constituents. Obviously, she is out of touch with Alaskans who are not at all pleased with the job she's doing. Indeed, I pointed out Alaska's own Tracey Porreca in an earlier post, and there's more from Tracey. Asked to endorse Joe Miller, Tracey was more than glad. She wrote:
There are many ways to describe Joe Miller – West Point Graduate, decorated war veteran, Alaskan by choice, attorney, magistrate, father, husband, and conservative. These alone speak volumes about the man who is the right choice for Alaska. Joe’s life experiences and true desire to lead Alaska, and this country, in a positive and conservative direction make him the only choice for US Senate in Alaska. That is why as an informed conservative Alaskan, I am voting for Joe Miller and I strongly encourage you to as well.
Read more here.
In no uncertain terms, Tracey dubs Joe Miller the only conservative choice for Alaskans in this race:
As many of you may have seen by my posted pics and sidebar endorsement, I am supporting Joe Miller for US Senate in Alaska. There has been quite a bit of flap in Alaska Republican circles recently regarding an email that was forwarded to many prominent republicans in this state by John Bitney on behalf of Lisa Murkowski. I received this email, as did others on an undisclosed list. In it was a response from the Murkowski camp stating that her "political operatives" were "outright lying" in regard to her record. While it is true that, on occasion, Sen. Murkowski appears to have voted conservatively in the past, a closer look at her record shows she's always been a RINO and personally lost me way back, in particular on her stance during the national healthcare reform debate. I could not condone her stance on Obamacare and other issues, so I was more than thrilled when Joe Miller threw his hat in the ring to run in the primary for the US Senate seat in Alaska.
Read Tracey's full post here, which includes an email from Joe Miller addressing Murkowski's troublesome record.
I'm glad Lisa Murkowski has no hard feelings about Governor Palin's common sense endorsement of Joe Miller for US Senate. However, Lisa may have a thing or two to learn still about serving the people of Alaska who sent her to represent their best interests--and dismissing them while siding with Liberals in Washington is the type of politics-as-usual Americans are fed up with.
Vote for Joe Miller in the August 24th Primary, and visit his website here.
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