ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell has officially launched his U.S. Senate campaign.
The Republican told supporters Thursday that it is time to reclaim the seat held formerly held by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens. Stevens served for 40 years before he was defeated by Mark Begich, a Democrat, in 2008. This will be Begich's first re-election campaign.
In his speech, Treadwell saved his jabs for Begich and didn't mention what could be a bruising Republican primary.
Joe Miller, a tea party favorite who made an unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid in 2010, is among those running. Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan announced his resignation Thursday amid speculation he'll run as well.
Treadwell told reporters the GOP has to focus on beating Begich, and Republicans can't have a "''demolition derby in the Republican primary."