By GLEN BIEGEL
I know many who desperately want to support Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Over 20 years, Murkowski has made personal connections to many people I know. They have worked with her, fought beside her, and many have spoken to her or know her personally.
The folks who elected Murkowski over the last 20 years are often good, conservative, salt-of-the-earth people. This piece is written to present an honest opinion that the Murkowski you knew 20, 15, or even 5 years ago is not the person who has become the most left-wing Republican in the Senate in our nation’s history.
As I present the ways Murkowski has moved away from you, please conscientiously reconsider putting Murkowski as your first, second, or third choice on the ranked choice ballot.
1. Trust – Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships. – Stephen Covey
Murkowski was the sole Republican supporting the left-wing election tampering bill, blaming Republicans for wanting one person, one vote and open, free, and fair elections
2. Wisdom – A person must be big enough to admit mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. – John C. Maxwell
Murkowski was the sole Republican to fail to vote for Justice Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
3. Consistency – It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently. – Tony Robbins
Murkowski fell in love with her “independent” status: She voted for Biden Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, and she opposed the Pebble Mine process.
4. Values – It is our choice of good or evil that determines our character, not our opinion about good or evil. – Aristotle
We need only watch her on codifying Roe v. Wade and federally redefined marriage
5. Representing Alaska – “I mean, I’m not here to be the representative of the Republican Party. I’m here to be the representative for Alaskan people. And I take that charge very, very seriously. So, when there is a conflict, when the party is taking an approach or saying things that I think are just absolutely wrong, I think it’s my responsibility, as an Alaskan senator speaking out for Alaskans, to just speak the truth.” – Lisa Murkowski on CNN
Environmentalists love Murkowski’s support for Biden’s appointments like Interior Sec. Deb. Haaland. And whatever you think of Trump personally, there is no question his presidency was fantastic for Alaska. Murkowski, however, did not vote for Trump. Also, her campaign is funded almost entirely by Lower 48 special interests.
6. Priorities – If you knew Murkowski in the past, that doesn’t mean she represents you today.
7. Where do you fit in with Murkowski’s new group of friends?
What happened 12 years ago remains very relevant today. After losing to Joe Miller in the 2010 primary, Murkowski stood on stage with the NEA and public unions to announce her plan to get back to the Senate. Doing so, she made a fundamental move away from you, to her new group of friends. Over the last several years, these are friends she has gotten to know even better, follow more closely, and rarely or never break trust with.
Is that what she still does for you, never breaks your trust, fellow conservative?
Glen Biegel is a talk show host and cyber security professional in Anchorage.