Republicans across the nation may be demanding the ouster of pro-abortion U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants her to remain in the GOP for the foreseeable future.
Murkowski was the only Senate Republican to oppose confirming Justice Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s pick to replace retiring liberal Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. She deemed him a “good man” but not “the right person for the court at this time,” and ultimately voted “present” as a courtesy to Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, who supported Kavanaugh but had a scheduling conflict.
Murkowski was already disliked by conservatives for support of legal abortion, Roe v. Wade, and Planned Parenthood… and her role in derailing last year’s effort to repeal Obamacare, among other grievances.
For her part, Murkowski responded by telling reporters she isn’t worried about the political fallout – confidence that appears to be reinforced by her majority leader.
“Well, she’s certainly going to recover (…) She’s about as strong as you could possibly be in Alaska,” McConnell said Wednesday, The Hill reported. “Nobody’s gonna beat her. I’m proud she’s in the Republican conference.” He added that Murkowski had previously voted for Justice Neil Gorsuch and Republican nominees to lower courts, and that the pro-abortion lawmaker enjoys “very good standing” in the Senate Republican Conference.