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Senate Republicans may strip Murkowski of committee post

By Matt DeLong

CNN's Dana Bash tweeted that Senate GOP leadership will move Wednesday to strip Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) of her position as the Senate Energy and Commerce Committee's ranking member. Such an action would come in response to Murkowski's decision to mount a write-in bid to hold on to her seat after being upset in the GOP primary by attorney Joe Miller. ABC News and Politico followed up with reports.

"There's...an issue as to whether or not it's appropriate for her, under the circumstances, to continue as ranking member on the Energy Committee," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said. He said the question would be resolved in a Senate Republican vote Wednesday.

"I think it'd be more respectful of the election to have a change than not," said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)

It's been a rough week for Murkowski. Like the Sockeye salmon native to her home state, Murkowski seems to be swimming upstream against a fierce current. After she announced her intentions to stay in the race last week, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) , the conservative firebrand who supported Miller and other tea party candidates, responded with a fundraising letter in which he dressed Murkowski down for her "betrayal."

Rather than accepting defeat and working to unite Republicans behind Joe Miller, she has decided to put her own personal interests ahead of everything else. The establishment loves to lecture conservatives about how we need to support liberal candidates to "expand the tent" and win seats for Republicans. But when these candidates lose their primaries, many leave the party and join the opposition. When conservatives lose their primaries, however, they accept defeat and support the nominee. Murkowski's betrayal provides more proof that big-tent hypocrites don't really care about winning a majority for Republicans.

Murkowski fired back on Sunday during an appearance on CNN when she blasted DeMint as an outsider meddling in the Alaska race.

"Let me tell you, Jim DeMint or the Tea Party Express coming out of California, far be it for them to determine whether or not the senator representing the people of Alaska is conservative enough for them," Murkowski said.

It appears to be open season on Murkowski. Tuesday, anonymous Senate GOP staffers speaking to Talking Points Memo questioned the wisdom of Murkowski's choices.

"She certainly has an interesting message for the current political climate, and it seems like a message that hasn't been working," a Republican Senate aide told TPM.
She's getting some very bad advice from people who have let their emotions get involved instead of looking at the reality of the situation," another Republican aide said.

For her part, Murkowski told the AP that Republicans had turned their backs on her.

"You've got a situation where people are, they're counting numbers. And if it's a Republican body, that's the body we want," she said. "Here in Alaska, what I hear so often is, 'I vote for the individual. I look at the person, I don't really get myself tied into the party label.'"

Adding insult to injury, the Murkowski camp suffered an embarrassment Tuesday when it retracted the first ad it released since she announced her intent to stay in the race, due to a spelling error in Murkowski's name.

By Matt DeLong  | September 21, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
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Comments

Murkowski lost the primary so she turns against the Republican party? Good ridance to this RINO, kick her butt off the committee. We don't need a RINO voting for the Democrats.

Posted by: TexRancher | September 22, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

GOOD FOR MURKOWSKI

WE NEED REPUBLICANS THAT ARE NOT
MITCH MC CONNELL PUPPETS

Posted by: theoldmansays | September 22, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Murkowski is such a RINO that any write-in votes she gets will probably come at the expense of the democrat candidate. She's an elite who thinks she's entitled to the senate seat. I fully expect her to switch to the democrat party within the next year.

Posted by: dcharlson | September 22, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse


Ahhh, poor Princess Lisa. Daddy gave her the Senate seat and now the mean voters of Alaska want to take it away and give it to someone else. Poor, poor baby.

My God, it will be good to be rid of you.

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Finally, a sign that the Republican establishment in Washington has heard the message of Republican Primary voters.

There is no question that Murkowski should be stripped of her Committee posts -- she abandoned the Republican Party when she announced her selfish, self-interested write-in campaign.

The question always was whether Mitch McConnell would understand this. Well, it appears he has.

Good for Mitch. Bye bye Lisa.

Posted by: wmcmyers | September 22, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Ahhh, poor Princess Lisa. Daddy gave her the Senate seat and now the mean voters of Alaska want to take it away and give it to someone else. Poor, poor baby.

My God, it will be good to be rid of you.

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Finally, a sign that the Republican establishment in Washington has heard the message of Republican Primary voters.

There is no question that Murkowski should be stripped of her Committee posts -- she abandoned the Republican Party when she announced her selfish, self-interested write-in campaign.

The question always was whether Mitch McConnell would understand this. Well, it appears he has.

Good for Mitch. Bye bye Lisa.

Posted by: wmcmyers | September 22, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

out siders can't vote in alaska they can however spend their money there ,, so reality is still alaska voted her out , like delaware did castle. but since she khows the government votes are for sale she assumes all american votes are. sorry looser

Posted by: sinnersunited | September 22, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

out siders can't vote in alaska they can however spend their money there ,, so reality is still alaska voted her out , like delaware did castle. but since she khows the government votes are for sale she assumes all american votes are. sorry looser

Posted by: sinnersunited | September 22, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Lisa Murkowski is a RINO sore loser with a family vendetta against Sarah Palin and anyone that Palin supports. If Lisa Murkowski is truly a Republican and stands for its core principles, then she will drop this ill-advised write-in campaign now. It is far better for America to have a Tea Party supporter win than any of the left wing Democrats to succeed.

Posted by: honorswar26 | September 22, 2010 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Let's see, Murkowski gets her Senate seat handed to her because of her husband and she thinks she owns it.

Murkowski, you pledged to support the winner of the Republican primary and Miller won. You lied, didn't you?

Make a pledge and break it because you're spoiled. Who would want to vote for a whining narcissist? Not me.

Posted by: RonKH | September 22, 2010 5:26 AM | Report abuse

First, we should congradulate Sarah Palin, who's arm from Wash DC reaches into the mountains of Alaska. This is the westerners' version of the Hatfields and the McCoys! Did Murkowski think the Senate seat her father gave her on a silver platter would be hers forever?
Secondly, Miller has some interesting answers to the financial upheaval Palin placed Alaska in when she left.
If porkbarrels arent allowed, and the gas pipeline isnt up and running, how will Alaska pay it's bills?
I had a talk with an Atty Mr Walker, who represented the ALaskan Pipeline. I felt, four years ago from research into the natural gas issue that suppliers of LNG gas from foreign countries were helping to tie up ALaska's natural gas supply. The projections came from Amer. Gas Asscn's own 1999 document.
Exxon and other big companies ship in foreign gas from countries outside of the western hemisphere. Since the Gas Act has been deregulated, cutting or postponing Alaska's gas into the market would allow more foreign gas with bigger profit margins to move into the USA.
Interesting to note, in 2006-7 period, main gas pipelines from Mexico to US, and Canada to US exploded. Shipments of LNG gas increased. I was right, but I couldnt get anyone else to be concerned. I believe it was intentional to run up the price of natural gas in US markets.

Posted by: theloneconsumer | September 22, 2010 3:25 AM | Report abuse

The republicans will do anything to win majority. This is what I call hoping against hope; because it will never happen. We are not stupid people!!. Just two years is not far enough to forget the pain we beared for over 8 years. Who will want the republicans back in power? This woman was their own till few days ago. She has the right to contest as an independent candidate. Joe did it in CT when he was treated the same way by the democrats. Remember Joe won!!. You all need to look at the circumstance surrounding her defeat before you start judging her. Peace!!

Posted by: wiser_T59 | September 22, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

I should like to see a huge poster of this freaky woman with the words "POSTER CHILD FOR TERM LIMITS" underneath. This woman is a real jerkette! If she goes much further, she'll take over the top spot from Nancy Pelosi!

Posted by: georges2 | September 21, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Until Murkowski, only one name came to mind when I heard the word "narcissist".

Posted by: 2012frank | September 21, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Since Murkowski has entered the campaign as a write in candidate, she has absolved herself of ties with the republican party and should be removed from her position.

Someone mentioned that there should be a third party composed of moderate democrats and moderate republicans. My only response to that concerns what name would be used. Since that would be the position of the old democratic party, would you name this new party the New Democratic Party?

Posted by: gfafblifr | September 21, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

We need a new political party. The moderate Republicans are being shoved out of the way by the reactionary fringe. They and the blue dog Democrats can grab the middle of the political spectrum, win elections and occasionally break the gridlock with some well-thought-out compromises.

Posted by: slampjak | September 21, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

We need a new political party. The moderate Republicans are being shoved out of the way by the reactionary fringe. They and the blue dog Democrats can grab the middle of the political spectrum, win elections and occasionally break the gridlock with some well-thought-out compromises.

Posted by: slampjak | September 21, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Typical
A pox on pretty Lisa AND the republican "leadership"
LOL LOL LOL

Posted by: kase | September 21, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Run, Lisa, run! When you win your write-in campaign as an independent, caucus with the Democrats, not on the party that has turned its back on moderates.

I hope Castle does the same in Delaware. It's time to tell the far right that they can have the Republican Party if they want it, but that the number of registered Republicans will drop by 80% because moderates won't remain in a party that doesn't represent their views.

Posted by: exco | September 21, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Murkowski is a sore loser. She should back away respectfully after her loss. I find it sickening when a politician acts like a little child throwing a temper fit when she did not win. I gave money to help her in the primary and regret every penny. I will be more cautious when I make a donation. And yes they should remove her from her position if she continues to embarrass herself. People are tired of our money being wasted and it just does not matter if they have an R on their chest or a D. People are also sick of the shameful behavior when they find they have been cut off from the trough.
But things are going to change. People are upset and there will be a change and not the kind Obama thinks. The Dems do not care about this election since they are looking ahead But so are we.

Posted by: greatgran1 | September 21, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see her shred the GOP crowd to the point where their candidate gets less than ten percent. Doing so might hand the seat to the Democrats, but revenge for the attitudes of ranking GOP fatheads would be so sweet that losing would really feel like a win.

Posted by: ronjeske | September 21, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Murkowski lost the primary. That's how it works. The Alaskan voters made that decision, not the GOP. Apparently, she feels that the office is hers to keep and to hell the voters. She should and could retain a small amount of dignity by bowing out gracefully.

All the insulting liberals on this board suddenly have compassion for her now that she is not representing the conservatives? Give me a break. Your claws and teeth are in full attack mode.

Posted by: bethg1841 | September 21, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Who are the anonymous GOP staffers? Presumably not on staff of any Alaska reps.

Posted by: HardyW | September 21, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about Murkowski, but I think what DeMint said rings a bit hollow - He wants Murkowski to 'unite' behind Joe Miller and the Republican Party, but he worked actively to unseat a sitting Republican senator. Doesn't sound very 'uniting' to me. He doesn't want a united Republican Party, he wants purists who do not waiver from the leadership, and do not vote work with the other side at any time.

In other words, he broke Reagan's 11th commandment first "Thou shall not say anything negative against fellow Republicans" and therefore can never claim he is doing Reagan's work....Good luck with that pure minority Jimmy, because I don't think November is going to go where you think it will.....

Posted by: daedbird | September 21, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Senator Murkoski you lost. Next time pay better attention to the people you think are your allies. Every republican watching this now should be examining those around them who claim to be thier supporter. Jim DeMint is a huge freakin snake in the grass.

Posted by: SteelWheel25 | September 21, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

uh, i hate to remind you, but she lost the primary and is not the republican candidate for the november election.

Posted by: jibe | September 21, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Just makes a few more hate the ways and methods of the Republican Party.

Posted by: pjohn2 | September 21, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Crazy right-wingers!

Posted by: kflet3 | September 21, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Completely stupid move by the GOP "leadership". What difference will it make if Murkowski stays as "ranking member" on a committee that is unlikely to do anything the remainder of this session.
This is "Mitch" trying to placate the other tea baggers after he got his head handed to him in Kentucky when Rand Paul --another goof ball beat Mitch's handpicked candidate. What a bunch of mental midgets ! And these guys want to drive the car in the ditch --again !

Posted by: jmsbh | September 21, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Now who's throwing who under a bus?

Who's afraid of the Tea Par-ty?
Tea Par-ty
Tea Par-ty
Who's afraid of the Tea Par-ty?
Nyah, Nyay, Nyah-nayh

Pathetic worms.


Posted by: st50taw | September 21, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

If they strip her of her position, she should change ger affilation to Independant and vote with the Democrats to help their majority. Unless you will goose step with the Imans of the American Tabiban you are in the dog house. Heil Boehner and DeMint.

Posted by: msjn1 | September 21, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The GOP Stalinesque purges have started.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 21, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Just another way these malignant narcissist, chronic scapegoating, uncorrectable grab bagging, republican menace with their perversity of inequality, rights only of their hypocrite kind to just perish once for all. Sooner the better so that this nation can move on.

Posted by: winemaster2 | September 21, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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