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Trump digs at Murkowski: ‘No thanks!’

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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.”

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Murkowski needs to go the way of Cathy Giessel.

    • That’s about right.

  • Trumps appointee should be vetted and if an appropriate candidate, confirmed per the U.S. constitution. Obama’s nominee should have been confirmed as well. That’s how it is supposed to work. Instead,.we have the crooked Republicans like McConnell playing Machiavellian schemes.

    • Yes, I agree with you, but it’s not just Republicans being crooked (remember Dem Harry Reid?). I’m tired of politicians from both parties. Over the years, too many of them have been more concerned about garnering power and donations instead of doing what they were elected to do.

    • Our Founding fathers provided certain checks and balances, one of them being the Senate’s right to advise and consent on the appointment of a Supreme Court justice selected by the president. It was those checks and balances that kept Obamas nominee from being appointed. There is nothing illegal or under handed about it. The people selected the president. The people selected the Senate. The two could not agree on Obama’s appointment. The Constitution provides The president chooses a replacement for a supreme court justice and the Senate has the right to advise and consent. President Trump is the president for four months at least. There are important cases that need the attention of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court needs a full contingency of justices to decide those issues. For Lisa Murkowski to say she will not vote on a judicial nominee until after the next president is installed in office, without even knowing who that nominee is, is an abrogation of her responsibilities as a US senator.

      • Why do they keep receiving a salary if they won’t do the job? No one I know can show up to work and choose not to do the job they were hired for if they expect to get a paycheck. So tired of the royals and their double standards.

    • If they, the Democrats had the Senate in 16 but they didn’t. If the Democrats had the Senate their wouldn’t. The Republicans have it so they can. Now I wish it was different but honestly who started the party lines?

  • No need for equivocation. Murkowski despises Trump and his supporters. That’s just a fact. We might as well just state it as such. Whether you agree or disagree with what Murkowski has done over the years, we mustn’t play games with how she feels. If anyone for a moment doubts that she will be voting for Joe Biden, I think you need only read all of her statements over the past year about the Trump Administration. I think it’s crystal clear that she is not a fan of Trump and that she will do almost anything to see him defeated in November. That said, RCV will lead her to victory if we as Alaskans are stupid enough to install it. Look at Maine. Collins really has no chance with Ranked Choice. It’s ludicrous to believe otherwise. The founders of this movement have one ultimate goal in mind: to overturn the Electoral College. If you doubt this, just read the documents. They’re still publicly available…for now…and it’s their main objective.

    • How many here have voted for Lisa in the past?

      I can proudly say, “I have never voted for that RINO, foisted upon us by her daddy Governor.”

      Not once!

      • I have not voted for her as well, but only in the last election. I was not living here before that time. When she voted “present” for Kavanaugh, I wrote her a letter, which was never answered. I also wrote her years ago about veterans’ care in the state and her flunky responded quickly by phone, only to be instantly turned off by my comments. I was polite, but really disapproving of the office’s answers and I have been ignored by her office since. Oh well.

  • Think about it,,, How bout that gushing endorsement of Senator Sullivan now? I felt bile when I first saw it.

  • If you read the media today there are “conservatives” & “those on the left”…it appears to partisans that no one is left in the middle (or what was once called a moderate).
    Let me remind everyone that over half of the registered voters in Alaska are either “non-partisan” or “undeclared”…this is the true majority in America and many of these taxpayers are no longer silent.

  • As MRAK noted in another article, re-electing Sullivan will keep the Republicans in control of the Senate and get Murkowski of her cherry committee chairmanship(s)… where she will do very little other than run interference for the Democrats.

  • John Sturgeon for US Senate 2020.

  • RINO is a dirty word, Lisa needs to go. POTUS is still in his term, voted in by the people to do a job. Why you would defer it into the next term is just more political rhetoric lacking logic.
    How anyone can get sucked into another DEMY Fraud, but she knows not where to go.
    I’m so confused I don’t know where I hung my blue shade hat, but that’s okay, I’ll just follow my RINO bud Collins, cause she knows where its at.
    Sometimes I can, I can think it through, I can ‘turn on’ my red-state blues, despite the prominent letter R, you know I’m doing it all for you…never mind my spiny Alaska Porcupine stew.
    Yes it’s true you can’t impeach her and sadly you can’t teach her… that RINO is a dirty word and yes she needs to go. Sadly voting her out is so far away and more turn-coatery will transpire, and when it happens don’t be afraid to say, liar pants on fire.
    RINO is a dirty word, Lisa needs to go.

  • Sad part about this is that should Joe “who am I?” Biden win and the Left take control of the Senate, Senator Murkowski thinks she will be rewarded. Nothing will be further from the truth. She now thinks that representing Alaskans now includes failing to vote on a Supreme Court nominee. Talk about spineless. If she does not want to do the job, she should resign.

  • She’s retiring. If she runs or not.

    • I agree that she is probably going to call it quits, and therefore she thinks it is okay to “stick it” to Trump before she does. I also wouldn’t be surprised if she wasn’t already lobbying for a job with some cushy firm that tends to lean towards the liberal agenda. She is a HUGE disappointment, and definitely not a conservative. Time for her to join her fellow liberals and ride off into the sunset.

  • I read or hear her name, I throw-up in my mouth a little.
    I’m not just saying that either..

  • Confirming a Supreme Court judge late in a presidency is quite common. Historically, 17 of the 19 appointments to date have been during a president’s last term, typically late in his term.

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself was nominated by lame duck Jimmy Carter and approved by his lame duck Senate before president-elect Reagan was sworn in. So that’s more than ironic.

    Ginsburg told a group of students at Georgetown University Law Center that lawmakers should appreciate that a president can appoint justices anytime during his term: “The president is elected for four years, not three years, so the power he has in year three continues into year four,” she said. “And maybe our members of the Senate will wake up and appreciate that that’s how it should be.”

  • Alaska Senator Lisa is famous for showing her true colors – on the national board. Americans look at Alaska and wonder how she was voted in as a Republican? Rather you voted for her or not, who here is proud of her national image? I cringe every time she is referenced in any media presentation.
    I think I would like Dan or Don to be famous for Alaska, to show their support of our President and his agenda in this critical time for our country. Suck it up boys, don’t be afraid. Oh, I forget it is an election year…sorry.

  • Trump needs to move forward with nomination. Lisa needs to go…

    • BINGO!

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