Sen. Murkowski asks staff to quit and reapply

Posted: Friday, November 26, 2004

ANCHORAGE - Staffers who want to continue working for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Washington, D.C., must resign and reapply for their jobs.

The Alaska Republican, who was first appointed to the seat, said being elected for the first time gives her a six-year opportunity to assemble the best team she can find. Some of her current staff won't be rehired, she said.

Justin Stiefel, who resigned as her chief of staff in February to become her campaign manager, will not be returning to his old job, Murkowski said.

Murkowski, a former state representative, was appointed in late 2002 by her father, then-U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, when he was elected governor.

After her appointment, Murkowski took over her father's Senate office and took on most of his staff.

"I didn't have the opportunity that I would have liked to develop my team," she said. "Instead, I was in a situation as a brand-spanking-new senator. I needed to learn the ropes of what was going on in Washington so that I could be effective for my constituents."

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