Sen. Murkowski keeps panel post

Los Angeles Times - - 9• 23•10 -

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska kept her po­si­tion as the top Repub­li­can on the Se­nate En­ergy and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Com­mit­tee, de­spite her in­de­pen­dent can­di­dacy for re­elec­tion af­ter los­ing the GOP pri­mary last month.

Murkowski had al­ready sub­mit­ted her res­ig­na­tion as vice chair­woman of the Se­nate Repub­li­can Con­fer­ence af­ter los­ing the pri­mary to “tea party” can­di­date Joe Miller.

But her peers de­clined in a closed-door meet­ing to re­move her as the rank­ing Repub­li­can on the en­ergy com­mit­tee, out of re­spect for her ten­ure.

Mean­time, the Tea Party Ex­press said it would re­turn to Alaska in about a week with a new ad cam­paign in sup­port of Miller. The Sacra­mento-based group re­ported spend­ing more than $550,000 to help him de­feat Murkowski.

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