October 24, 2004


Murkowski campaign tries to dump nepotism label: Charges fly hot and heavy in U.S. Senate race (TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER, 10/24/04, JUNEAU EMPIRE)

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's political career, unlike her Democratic opponent's, has been anything but charmed.

Her run for office to maintain her seat as Alaska's junior U.S. senator has been plagued by charges of nepotism because her father appointed her to the Senate. Murkowski took the place of her father, Frank Murkowski, after he was elected governor.

Many have claimed that the move constitutes a Murkowski political dynasty. Throughout the campaign she has distanced herself from her father, not showing up at any public appearances with the governor and not involving him in any public way in her campaign.

Lisa Murkowski, 47, has raised $3.7 million in the campaign and spent $2.6 million. She's more than $600,000 ahead of her opponent, Democrat Tony Knowles. Knowles, a former two-term mayor of Anchorage and two-term governor before her father, won most of his campaigns by razor-thin margins. Murkowski faced a tight race in 2002, when she was re-elected to a state House seat in Anchorage.

Hard to believe Mr. Knowles can win a statewide race when there's a presidential vote on the ballot too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 24, 2004 8:44 AM
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