An offer wasn't even on the table, but the Alaska Libertarian Party has given a pre-emptive no to the idea of Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski running on their ticket in November.Looks like Sarah Palin wins again.
Alaska Libertarian Party chairman Scott Kohlhaas said the executive committee decided to meet "amid all the speculation on the theoretical possibility" Murkowski could be come their candidate if she if loses the final vote in the Republican Primary. She currently trails Joe Miller by 1,668 votes, as the count of absentee and early votes begins Tuesday.
The committee voted 5-0 to not consider having Murkowski replace their Senate candidate, David Haase. Kohlhaas said there had been discussion of benefits to having a major political figure as their candidate. "There was support from our national leadership," he said.
But he said, "we had a chance look over her record again. There is a fundamental difference in philosophy" over issues like her vote for the financial bailout, the war in Iraq and school choice.
In the end, the issue never moved beyond outside buzz and rumors. "We never talked with her," Kohlhaas said. "It's like Seinfeld. It was [a vote] about nothing."