While away from blogging on Saturday, I was able to catch up on the news scanning Instapundit on Sunday and picked up this most interesting tidbit, “Less than an hour before Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski planned to announce a write-in campaign to retain her seat, her top aide e-mailed scores of the most prominent lobbyists in Washington to ask them to join a Saturday conference call with the senator.”
Don’t think this will play too well in Alaska, particularly given the mood of the year. With this action so close to Murkowski’s announcement, it makes it look like her real loyalty is to Washington lobbyists.
Not even forty-eight hours later, the outgoing Alaska Senator whined to CNN’s Candy Crowley:
What happened in my particular race, you had the Tea Party Express, this California-based group, come in at the last minute in a campaign, run a mudslinging, smear – just a terrible, terrible – campaign with lies and fabrications and mischaracterizations. . . . They came in, dumped $600,000 into a small market here in Alaska, and they absolutely clearly influenced the outcome.
Wonder how much non-Alaska money Murkowski was hoping those lobbyists were going to help her rake in. Over at protein wisdom, Darleen Click wondered what the Senator was whining about, after all, she “spent $2 million dollars during her primary campaign.” Is she just mad that someone would dare campaign against here?
Not a good way to start your campaign when we get a report of a conference call between the Senator and lobbyists followed by the her acting like a sore loser on national television.
If this race were about more than her own ego, she would be able to discuss the issues driving her decision instead of some pabulum about “listening to my constituents.” Perhaps, if she said they want her to fight for this or that issue, say, opening up ANWR or repealing Obamacare, then maybe people might take her seriously.
My sense is that her write-in roll-out will hurt her among Alaska voters and her poll numbers will plunge even further.
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