Knowles plans campaign announcement

Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Former Gov. Tony Knowles, who has previously said he is considering a run for U.S. Senate, will announce his political plans Tuesday.

While Knowles is widely expected to say he's a Senate candidate, his spokesman would not say so Monday.

''I'll leave it up to him to make the formal announcement, but he will make that announcement on Tuesday,'' Bob King told the Anchorage Daily News.

King was Knowles' spokesman during Knowles' eight years as governor. Knowles has been meeting with Democratic leaders in Washington, D.C., to discuss a challenge to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

Murkowski was appointed to the seat vacated by her father, Frank Murkowski, when he became governor in December. The seat is up for election in November 2004.

King released snippets of a letter that he said Knowles would send to his supporters. In it, Knowles says that Alaska needs to stand up to the federal government and that he wants to ''carry that message to Washington, D.C.''

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