FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Over the weekend, President Trump's nomination for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanuagh, was confirmed to the position. The vote passed 50 to 48 on the senate floor. Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski rebelled against the Republican Party in the confirmation hearing with her surprising vote.
In Friday's ratification vote to allow Kavanaugh to go to a final confirmation hearing, Murkowski voted 'No', however, she voted 'present' in Saturday's confirmation vote. Although a 'present' vote refuses to take sides, it does count towards a quorum, which is the minimum number of senators needed to make the proceedings valid. Despite voting 'present,' Murkowski said she wants her vote to be remembered as a vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.
"I believe Judge Kavanaugh to be a good man, but given where the public confidence and the credibility in our institution is right now, I was, I was fearful, that he was not the right person for the court at this time," she said.
Alaska's Republican Party has announced that they are considering repercussions on the senator following her latest vote. According to the Party's chairman, Tuckerman Babcock, the party may ultimately decide to not back Lisa Murkowski for re-election in the next cycle, though nothing has been confirmed. Murkowski has been asked to submit any information she wants the state central committee to consider.