DEMOCRAT WOMEN’S ‘PRESSURE POSSE’ IS COMING FOR LISA
Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Monday clarified her stance on why she didn’t sign a resolution condemning the House impeachment proceedings, when 51 other Republican senators did sign it:
“From the get go, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats have handled this impeachment inquiry poorly, from closed-door hearings and leaked information to the outright abandonment of decades of established precedent on due process for the accused. A serious lack of transparency will hardly build public trust or credibility for the House’s actions. As awful as their process is, the formal impeachment inquiry lies in the House, and it’s not the Senate’s role to dictate to the House how to determine their own rules.” – Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Meanwhile, the impeachment inquiry of the president is hitting the grassroots circle of Democrat women activists. One Juneau operative has sent an open letter to her women friends across Alaska, asking them to grow a grassroots force to pressure Murkowski into voting to remove President Trump, if the impeachment matter is sent to the Senate for a trial.
Kate Troll, former assemblywoman in Juneau, said in her letter that she is seeking to enlist the help of 100 prominent Alaskan women “to sign on to a open letter to Senator Murkowski.”
It’s the same tactic that Democrat women used on Murkowski during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. It was a strategy that worked, for in the end Murkowski simply voted “present” rather than for or against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“To meet this challenge, I’ve drafted a simple letter that 1) asks Senator Murkowski to be a truth bearer during the impeachment proceedings and 2) let’s her know that we believe in her integrity and will have her back,” Troll wrote.
“I envision sending this as an open-letter to ADN and the Washington Post under the name of one or two of the most influential women that sign i.e. similar to the lawyer’s letter with a prominent R and prominent D. I also see this as a potential newspaper ad with all the signatories to the letter included. And of course, it would be sent to Senator Murkowski with all the signers identified,” her letter continued.
“I think the power of our message comes not from we say but from all who sign. Also I’m not attached to the number of 100. The more the better. I just want to get the ball rolling so that by the time the pressure mounts we Alaskan women would be ready to weigh in a supportive way.
“I also know that my circle of contacts is not as large as many of you, so please send this on to other Alaskan women that fit the bill – served in public office or in a greater public capacity (i.e. head of an agency, organization, public advocate). If you don’t feel comfortable signing the letter because of your current position, please pass along to other appropriate women. I
Troll then asked her friends to reach out to Republican women “like Gail Phillips,” (former House Speaker, and a Republican.) And she asked for help reaching Alaska Federation of Natives Executive Director Julie Kitka, a Democrat.
“As you all know these are critical times for our constitutional democracy and Senator Murkowski will likely be in the thick of it. I hope you will consider signing on to the attached letter or one similar,” Troll argued in her letter.