It's official. The talk of the day was that Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who was defeated by Joe Miller in the Primary, was still going to run as a write in candidate. She has just announced she is.
Some simply don't get it. The people speak during a competitive Primary, and these politicians continue to force their own agendas. There must be something in the air in Washington.
Joe Miller is the choice of the people, he's the Tea Party candidate, and he's the one Governor Palin put over the top. Murkowski conceded when it was clear she was toast. This is where she is supposed to handle the loss with grace, back the Republican chosen by her state, and get out of the way. Who would have thought she would have gone this route? It's a sad, sad day when people simply ignore the will of the voters. Unbelievable.
Too bad Murkowski didn't heed what Governor Palin just tweeted a few minutes ago:
Primary voters spoke. Listen to the people, respect their will; w/a 40-pt incumbent lead & $2.8 million war chest, voters chose Joe instead
Perhaps getting handed a Senate seat by Daddy has prevented Murkowski from recognizing when people have had enough of her. Does she have the right to run as a write in candidate? Of course, but it sure speaks volumes about desire for power over respect for the election process and the will of the people.
UPDATE: You can donate to Joe Miller's campaign by clicking here.
UPDATE II, via C4P:
Update by Mel: NRO has reaction from Joe Miller:Miller says Murkowski’s move “should shock anyone with integrity,” calling it another example of how her “lifeblood is power.” She has, he says, a “disconnection from reality.”
“[Murkowski] is going back on her word,” Miller continues. “She gave her word several days before the primary that she would respect the primary outcome.”
John Cornyn says the NRSC stands behind Miller:Republican primary voters spoke when they nominated Joe Miller in Alaska, and I am deeply disappointed in Senator Lisa Murkowski’s decision to ignore that clear message and wage a write-in candidacy. The NRSC stands firmly behind Joe Miller’s nomination, and we will ensure that he has all of the resources that he needs in order to win this November.
And Mitch McConnell has stripped Murkowski of her Senate leadership role:Senate Republicans informed Lisa Murkowski that we will respect the will of the voters in Alaska and support the Republican nominee, Joe Miller. I informed her that by choosing to run a campaign against the Republican nominee, she no longer has my support for serving in any leadership roles, and I have accepted her letter of resignation from Senate leadership. Lisa has served her state and our party with distinction, but Republicans acknowledge the decision Alaskans made and join them in support of the Republican nominee, Joe Miller—the next Senator for Alaska.”
Instead of honoring her word and respecting the will of the people, Lisa Murkowski intends to try to cling to the last vestige of power she has. Stripped of her leadership roles, her claim that she's doing anything but throwing a temper tantrum is out the window.
Newsflash, Senator: The voters fired you. Act like an adult and clean out your desk and go home.
Lisa Murkowski is going to spend a lot of money trying to tear down Joe Miller. Fight back! Donate to Joe Miller here.
Update II by Doug: Even Randy Ruedrich, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, is abandoning Murky:Today Senator Lisa Murkowski announced she would re-enter Alaska’s US Senate race as a write in candidate. Regardless of her decision the Alaska Republican Party stands firm behind our elected Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller.
“The Alaska Republican Party has been respectful of Senator Murkowski’s service and tried to give her a moment of pause with which she could come to the right decision,” said Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich. “I am disappointed the Senator has decided not to respect the will of Alaska’s Republican Primary voters. The 2010 Republican Primary turnout of 110,688 set a new Republican turnout record. I was hoping Senator Murkowski would recognize this fact and acknowledge this election was not an anomaly, misunderstanding, or mistake, but rather the definitive decision of a large plurality of Alaska primary voters. That decision deserves her respect.”
“I want to make perfectly clear to Senator Murkowski and all of Alaska’s Republicans that she will receive no support of any kind from the Alaska Republican Party,” Ruedrich went on to say. “Lisa has chosen to run against the Republican Party and its primary voters. We will treat her candidacy as we would anyone who chooses to oppose our party’s nominees.”
Together we can consign these power hungry RINOs to the dustbin of history. The future of our country demands nothing less. Do we want to bequeath a free America to our children and grandchildren...or not. This is not a drill. Donate to Joe Miller's campaign here. It's up to us and the time is NOW.
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