In Senate race, ad aims at 'Princess Lisa'

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010

JUNEAU - A conservative nonprofit group is running radio ads in Alaska portraying U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski as a spoiled princess trying to hold onto a seat her father gave her.

The ad by Pennsylvania-based Let Freedom Ring is airing in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. The group's president, Colin Hanna, wouldn't disclose the purchase price of the buy.

The ad doesn't endorse Murkowski's Republican rival, tea party favorite Joe Miller. Hanna said it wasn't meant to be an advocacy spot.

He said the idea for the ad, which takes aim at "Princess Lisa," came up during a roundtable discussion and seemed "like an argument worth making."

After Miller defeated Murkowski in the primary, Murkowski mounted a write-in campaign, saying she was encouraged to do so by Alaskans wanting a choice between Miller's "extremist" views and the "inexperience" of Democrat Scott McAdams, a small-town mayor.

Murkowski was appointed to the Senate seat held by her father when he became governor in 2002, and won it outright in 2004.

Murkowski called the ad "silly, offensive, grating," and from an outside group that has no place in Alaska politics.

She said the Senate seat does belong to the people of Alaska and that: "I'm a gutsy Alaskan woman fighting for Alaska."

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