POLITICS
09/10/2010 05:32 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

John Cornyn Warns Lisa Murkowski She Could Lose Leadership Role If She Stays In Senate Race

Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee has issued a clear warning to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), telling her that she risks losing her party leadership role if she goes through with recent plans to run for reelection as a write-in candidate, Politico reports.

"It's hard to see how you stay as part of the Republican leadership if you are no longer running as a Republican," Cornyn said according to Politico. "I think that's pretty much the end of that."

Sen. Murkowski currently serves as the vice chairwoman NRSC and has more than $1 million in funds potentially available to her if she remains on the ballot in November.

On Wednesday, Fox News reported that Murkowski is strongly considering running as a write-in candidate after her shocking loss in the GOP primary to Tea Party-backed Joe Miller. Murkowski had sought to run as a Libertarian third-party candidate, but the Alaska Libertarian Party rejected her candidacy last month, saying that her voting record disqualified her from that party affiliation.

Despite a temporary period of animosity between then-candidate Joe Miller and the NRSC, Sen. Cornyn was resolute in his backing of the man who toppled Murkowski.

"The nominee is Joe Miller," Cornyn said, according to Politico.

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