The Alaska State Chamber’s Fall Forum won’t include one big name. Donald Trump noticed that Sen. Lisa Murkowski was a keynote speaker and he tweeted out this morning, “No thanks!”
Murkowski will be on the virtual forum on Sept. 22 during a “Congressional Delegation Townhall Session” that the Alaska Chamber of Commerce is hosting.
On Saturday, Murkowski issued a statement saying she would not vote for a nominee from Trump for the Supreme Court until after the Nov. 3 election. Trump has said it’s his constitutional duty to act on the vacancy on the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated the Senate should act on the nomination, even though the election is over in just over a month (people have already started voting in Minnesota).
The remark from Trump on Twitter will trigger some on the Left who support Murkowski, while Republicans on the right may give their nod of approval.
Murkowski’s ratings among Republicans is troubling for her if she plans to run again, but she has two years before she faces voters and some of her support base is counting on Ballot Measure 2, ranked choice voting, to pull her to victory.
Those close to the Trump Administration says he loves Alaska and always reaches out to help Gov. Mike Dunleavy, but his relationship with Murkowski is strained, as she has worked against him on several key issues, including the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Although the liberal news outlet Politico today reported that Murkowski voted against the confirmation of Kavanaugh, in fact she voted “present.”