Editor’s note: The Alaska GOP’s “reprimand” effort over Murkowski’s Kavanaugh vote is 100% optics. The current chairman, as well as the folk who control the state party behind the scenes, are Murkowski-lovers as they were in 2010 and 2016. However, they are terrified of wholly losing popular support, making it far more difficult to perpetuate the type of fraud they helped orchestrate in 2010 – and likely 2016. In other words, they want cover so they can still identify in the public’s eye as “Republican” even though they remain the same old corrupt bastards (their words, not ours).
Fall-Out Continues Over Murkowski’s Kavanaugh Vote
By The Blaze. The fallout is still unfolding for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) after she went against the rest of her party by not voting to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court over the weekend.
According to the Associated Press, the Alaska Republican Party is deciding whether to issue a reprimand for Murkowski’s vote — or whether to disavow her completely.
As the only Republican senator who did not vote in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Murkowski has placed a target on her back, already drawing potential 2022 challengers and now facing the potential of being asked not to run as a Republican candidate again.
“It’s significant enough that I’m going to convene the whole state central committee, which is about 80 grassroots volunteers around the state, and we’ll start drafting what our response should be,” Alaska GOP chairman Tuckerman Babcock said after the vote, according to KTUU-TV.
Murkowski likely knew this backlash was coming when she made her decision, and even a formal separation from the Republican Party wouldn’t necessarily spell the end of her Senate career, if the past is any indication. In 2010, Murkowski won reelection to the Senate as a write-in candidate even after losing the Republican primary. (Read more from “Alaska GOP May Reprimand — or Totally Disavow — Murkowski for Her Kavanaugh Vote” HERE)
Alaska GOP to Weigh Potential Action Against Murkowski
By AP. Alaska Republican party leaders plan to consider whether to reprimand U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski for opposing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
The party has asked Murkowski to provide any information she might want its state central committee to consider.
Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock says the committee could decide to issue a statement. Or he says it could withdraw support of Murkowski, encourage party officials to look for a replacement and ask that she not seek re-election as a Republican. (Read more from “Alaska GOP to Weigh Potential Action Against Murkowski” HERE)