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Leaders of the Alaska Republican Party reportedly are considering reprimanding, and possibly pulling its support, from Sen. Lisa Murkowski for her vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Murkowski was the lone Republican senator not to offer her support for President Donald Trump’s second nominee to the high court.

The Associated Press reported that Alaska Republican Party leaders have asked Murkowski to provide any information she would want the state central committee to consider when deciding potential actions they may take against her.

Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock told the AP that actions by the party could range from issuing a statement against Murkowski to withdrawing support for her re-election bid.

“Murkowski told reporters that if she worried about political repercussions she wouldn’t be able to do the job Alaskans expect her to do,” according to the AP.

In deciding to vote against Kavanaugh, Murkowski acknowledged he was a well-qualified jurist and described him as a “good man,” seemingly negating the character issue Democrats sought to use to scuttle his nomination, relying on uncorroborated sexual misconduct allegations from his high school and college years.

“He’s a good man,” she said from the Senate floor on Friday. “He’s clearly a learned judge. But in my conscience — because that’s how I have to vote at the end of the day, with my conscience — I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time.”

Murkowski did not explain what about Kavanaugh was troubling her conscience, save his conduct during the confirmation hearings.

“A judge should act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety,” she said, quoting from Code of Judicial Conduct.

Murkowski argued that Kavanaugh failed to meet that standard, presumably due to his emotional testimony defending himself against the allegation of sexual assault made by Christine Blasey Ford.

Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also contended Kavanaugh’s testimony reflected a lack of judicial temperament.

Trump found Murkowski’s decision to vote against the nominee — who had the support of such establishment Republicans as former President George W. Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham — shocking and “disgraceful.”

“I think it will go down as a sad day for her because he’s going to become a great Supreme Court justice,” Trump told Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro on Saturday night.

“I’ve done so much for Alaska, I’m shocked to see her vote,” he said. “[It’s] a very sad day, I think, for [Murkowski].”

Trump pointed to the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration as an example of something he did for the state, which previous administrations going back decades had tried but failed to accomplish.

Joe Miller — who defeated Murkowski in the 2010 Republican Senate primary, only to lose to her in a close three-way race when she ran as an independent in the general election — was not surprised by his former rival’s decision to vote with the Democrats against Kavanaugh.

“The reason I decided to challenge her in 2010 is because she sided with Senate Democrats more than any Republican up for re-election,” he told The Western Journal.

“On key issues — including the right to life and the need to repeal Obamacare — it was clear to me she did not stand with conservatives and her Senate votes since have borne that out,” he added.

“Now she could not even bring herself to offer her consent to a respected jurist who garnered support from Republicans of all stripes, nominated by a GOP president. I know Alaskans are very disappointed with and embarrassed by her decision,” said Miller.



  1. Dan Burns

    October 9, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    In my conscience… in my conscience, you should not be representing the state of Alaska since you don’t seem to have the ability to process evidence over empty accusations. You should be able to determine by his HS journal saying he wasn’t there, 65 women supporting him as a good man, 12 years as a Federal judge and statements by anyone who knew him and this situation saying he wasn’t there is adequate. The accuser he no location, date or corroborating evidence or witnesses to support he accusation!!!

  2. John F

    October 9, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    If Alaska’s voters re-elect her, they deserve her! But is she doing what the majority of Alaskan’s want, or voting her Democrat agenda? Judging by her voting record – it appears she’s no asset to the GOP in any event!

  3. Roberto Barreto

    October 10, 2018 at 12:08 am

    I am sorry but Mr. Babcock is out of line. I supported Judge Kavanaugh and support President Trump. Senator Murkowski voted the wishes of her constituents. She was wrong and I mean very wrong but she represents Alaska not the GOP. The GOP may withdraw their support for her but is setting a dangerous precedent. Murkowski voted just as all other historical women in Congress and we can thank Feinstein for that.

  4. John Lozinski

    October 10, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Alaskan population has a plurality of men
    They should stand up for decency and have her removed from office.
    Alaska has decent women also women who
    could not possibly believe a whore and a slattern who besmirched Brett Kavanaugh a man of integrity.

  5. Ronald D Murphy

    October 10, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Murkowski is a real jerk. I hope the throw the book at her

  6. Ariel

    October 10, 2018 at 2:55 am

    I wonder how much the Dems paid her for that No vote. They offered Collins $3 Million so it must have been at least that. The GOP should definitely withdraw any support for her re-election and Trump should rescind permission to drill in ANWAR until she is out of office.

    • Groiz

      October 10, 2018 at 4:29 am

      Vote her out Alaska!

  7. Chaz

    October 10, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    President learns another political lesson – you can’t trust someone just because you helped them. Murkowski proved my axiom – the President should have guessed by her previous votes and the fact her father left political office in disgrace…runs in the family.

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