Murkowski and DeMint: Bygones
Lisa Murkowski is still miffed that Jim DeMint backed Republican Joe Miller against her in the general election.
Jim DeMint and Lisa Murkowski aren’t on the best of terms.
If Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is interested in apologizing to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), he’ll have to make the first move, Murkowski said Friday.
The Alaska senator, who appears poised to win reelection as a write-in GOP candidate for Senate, suggested she’s not eager to reach out to DeMint, who backed her challenger Joe Miller in the Alaska Senate race.
DeMint, who has said he and Murkowski might have “some making up to do” if she wins reelection, would have to act first.
“He has suggested that he’s got some making up to do,” Murkowski told CNN’s “John King, USA” in an interview to air this evening. “I’ll let him make that first move.”
One could understand the animosity had DeMint backed Miller in the primaries. Murkowski was, after all, a member of the Republican leadership in the Senate before losing the primary and staging a write-in campaign. But DeMint had little real choice but to back the winner of the Republican primary, much less one who is legitimately more conservative on the issues than Murkowski.