WHAT ALASKA LEADERS SAID ABOUT BRETT KAVANAUGH
Alaska’s U.S. senators weighed in on President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court. Both Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are lawyers.
Candidates for governor also issued comments on Monday evening. Even Mark Begich, the Democrat, made comments focused on his interest in protecting a woman’s right to an abortion.
But Gov. Bill Walker was dead silent about Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination by President Trump.
Here are the statements culled from the various leaders around the state:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski: “This evening the President nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. While I have not met Judge Kavanaugh, I look forward to sitting down for a personal meeting with him. I intend to review Judge Kavanaugh’s decisions on the bench and writings off the bench, and pay careful attention to his responses to questions posed by my colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Judiciary will also review Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications prior to these hearings and issue a rating. I intend to carefully consider that rating, the information obtained through personal meetings, my own review of Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications and record, and the views of Alaskans in determining whether or not to support him. My standard for reviewing Supreme Court nominees remains rigorous and exacting.”
Sen. Dan Sullivan: “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Judge Brett Kavanaugh for some time – dating back to when we worked together in the Bush administration. He is very well regarded as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals – the second most important court in the country. In that role he is known for applying the law and Constitution as written, upholding our Second Amendment rights, and having a healthy skepticism concerning the powers of federal administrative agencies.
“In the coming weeks, I look forward to reviewing in further depth Judge Kavanaugh’s extensive record as a D.C. Circuit judge, and discussing these and other important issues with him. I expect the upcoming Senate confirmation process to be both rigorous and fair, one deserving of a Supreme Court nominee.”
Both leading Republican candidates for governor also weighed in:
Mike Dunleavy: “This is one of the most important things a president can do, and I know that for many Americans and Alaskans, the ability to create a more even-handed, constitutionally attuned Supreme Court was at the heart of their vote for Donald Trump for president.
“Mr. Kavanaugh has an outstanding career and has a long record of decisions to review in his upcoming confirmation process. Alaskans will want to know where he stands on core principles in the Constitution, such as our Second Amendment rights and federal overreach. I look forward to our senators giving him a full and respectful vetting as he moves through the advice and consent of the Senate. I’m very optimistic about his prospects for being confirmed.”
Mead Treadwell: “This nomination shows President Trump has kept his promise to nominate individuals to the Court who have impeccable credentials, and those who support the Constitution, and understand the Rule of Law and Judicial restraint. Kavanaugh may have the ability to vote on Sturgeon vs Frost, the Alaska hovercraft case that goes before the Court this fall, and could very well be the pivotal vote to ensure Alaskans have the ability to enjoy the public lands and waters we have, against federal overreach.”
Tuckerman Babcock, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party: “We are grateful to President Trump for keeping his campaign promises once again! Judge Kavanaugh is an excellent choice, totally committed to defending our Constitution, as written, approved and amended by the people of the United States.”
The leading Democratic candidate for governor weighed in:
Mark Begich: “President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is yet another reminder that elections matter. I know there has been a lot of concern over the future of civil rights and liberties. Understandably, there has been particular concern about women’s rights and the future of Roe v. Wade. Let me be clear. Governors will become the last line of defense to protect women against these extremist attacks. I will always protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. Here in Alaska, we value our personal privacy and do not want the government intervening in our personal decisions – including health care. That is why Alaska legalized a woman’s right to choose in 1970 – three years before Roe v. Wade became the law of the land. As Governor, I will fight every day – as I always have – to uphold civil rights and liberties for all Alaskans including a woman’s fundamental right to make her own health care decisions.”
Gov. Bill Walker: No statement was issued on Monday by his office or campaign. (Earlier this month, Walker appointed a Juneau lawyer to a Juneau Superior Court seat, and then rescinded his offer and gave the job to someone else. Many in the legal community were aghast at his judgment, which may have kept him from commenting on Kavanaugh at this time).