NEW: Alaska’s governor, lieutenant governor issue statement opposing confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) September 20, 2018
Courtesy of HuffPo:
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott (D) announced Thursday their opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, increasing the pressure on Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who is undecided, to follow suit.
In a joint statement, the top Alaska state officials voiced concern about Kavanaugh potentially voting to strike down the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and its protections for patients who have pre-existing conditions. Last year, Murkowski helped defeat a Republican-led effort to repeal the health care law in the Senate.
Walker and Mallott also cited the recent sexual assault accusation made against President Donald Trump’s high court nominee, stating that “a thorough review of past allegations against Mr. Kavanaugh is needed before a confirmation vote takes place.”
This comes right after the Alaska Federation of Natives spoke out strongly against Kavanaugh as well, which leaves Murkowski out on a very precarious limb.
I really do not know what the Republicans can dangle in front of her that would make supporting Kavanaugh’s confirmation a good idea.
I mean you cannot enjoy being on a Senate committee if your ass gets voted out of office, and that is looking more and more likely all of the time.