Murkowski has kind words for Begich, but still wants him defeated


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, had kind words for Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska--but she still wants a Republican to replace him in November's election.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Murkowski, when asked how Begich was doing, said, "As an Alaska delegation, we've got to be working on those issues that are important to our constituents. Sen. Begich has been keying in on the issues that I think Alaskans are worried about and doing what he was tasked to do."

But, she added, it would still be better for Republicans to take Senate control. The party needs a net gain of six seats to win a majority, and Alaska is one of the seats considered vulnerable.

The Daily News reported "Murkowski said she won't make an endorsement in the Republican primary, following the guidance of her father, former Gov. Frank Murkowski."

It also noted "three prominent Republicans are battling for the chance to take on Begich in November: former natural resources commissioner Dan Sullivan, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller, a tea party pick who won the GOP nomination in 2010 over Murkowski only to see her come back with a successful write-in campaign."

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