Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, warns Alaska stations not to air Tea Party Express ads against her UPDATE

Maybe these ads against her really are unfair, but if they’re not, this basically amounts to a petulant threat:

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s campaign is warning Alaska broadcasters not to air ads by a national tea party group that the campaign says are “littered with lies and intentional mischaracterizations” about her and her write-in campaign.

Attorney Timothy McKeever, in a letter to broadcasters Monday, said they are under a “legal and moral obligation” not to air the new ads from Tea Party Express, which is supporting Joe Miller, the political upstart who defeated Murkowski in the August GOP primary.

A Tea Party Express spokesman said his initial reaction is that the group stands behind the ads.

At issue is an ad the group unveiled Monday, entitled “Arrogant Lisa Murkowski — You Lost!” It seeks to paint Murkowski as more interested in political self-preservation than in serving the interests of Alaskans. It also claims she didn’t “earn” her Senate seat and that she “tried to manipulate the Libertarian party into giving her their slot” on the ballot — claims McKeever called “materially false.”

Again, these ads better be really out of bounds. Otherwise, this move makes her look really arrogant and unjustifiably entitled — which is exactly the message the Tea Party Express ads were trying to send in the first place.

UPDATE — As far as political ads go, it doesn’t look at all egregrious:

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