The Hill newspaper continues its inquiry into who in the Senate will be pivotal in the trial of President Donald J. Trump.
And the newspaper keeps coming back to Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. But now, more focus is on Collins, who is up for reelection in 2020, and is also in line for the chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee. If she votes to convict Trump, she may have a better shot at reelection. Murkowski is not up for election until 2022.
“A Democratic senator who requested anonymity said the Democratic caucus is most focused on Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska),” the newspaper wrote.
“Susan Collins and Lisa are key. Everyone is watching them because Susan is up for reelection and we all know what the party did to Lisa, so she has an interest in being independent,” the anonymous senator told the newspaper.
In 2010, Murkowski lost the Republican Senate primary to challenger Joe Miller, but won the general election as a write-in candidate who depended on Democrats and moderates, and that event split the Alaska GOP into factions that to this day have not reconciled.
On Twitter, Murkowski’s and Collins’ office numbers are being published repeatedly with leftists imploring people to call their offices, as well as other offices of senators seen as sympathetic, such as Mitt Romney. An anti-Trump environmental activist’s Twitter posting is one of thousands of a similar nature that are appearing on the social media platform, which is dominated by progressive activists: