- Associated Press - Monday, August 30, 2010

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The vice chairman of Alaska Libertarians says his party will not consider putting Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Republican, on his party’s ticket in the general election.

Harley Brown said Mrs. Murkowski’s positions do not reflect the values of the Libertarian Party.

The decision was first reported by the Anchorage Daily News. Party Chairman Scott Kohlhaas said that Mrs. Murkowski had not approached the Libertarians but that there has been much speculation about the possibility.

Mrs. Murkowski is running second to Fairbanks attorney Joe Miller for the Republican nomination. She trails Mr. Miller by nearly 1,700 votes with more than 23,000 ballots remaining to be counted.

Mr. Brown said the party’s five-member executive committee held an emergency meeting Sunday and made a unanimous decision.