Murkowski is a disgrace to the Republican Party

As a result of her vote to convict Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, the Alaska Republican Party has censured Senator Lisa Murkowski and does not want her to run as a Republican in the upcoming election, a member of the party’s state central committee stated on Tuesday.

According to Tuckerman Babcock, the state party’s most recent chair, “the party does not want Lisa Murkowski to be a Republican candidate.”

At a meeting held on Saturday in Anchorage, Murkowski was censured by a vote of 53-17, according to him. The party has not made the choice publicly known.

It went beyond censure, which was forceful, according to Babcock. However, it also instructed party leaders to find a rival candidate and, to the degree permitted by law, exclude Lisa Murkowski from competing as a Republican in any elections.

It’s a turning point in Alaska Republican politics. Since her father, Frank Murkowski, was elected governor in 2002, she has served in the US Senate, having been chosen to complete his vacant term. Since 1981, Murkowski has served as Alaska’s senator.

A representative for Murkowski, Hannah Ray, stated that the senator will not be accessible to the media on Tuesday. But Murkowski brought up a potential state party censure when addressing the media in Juneau last month.

“They have the right to say that. But I will reiterate that my duty is to protect the constitution that I have sworn to respect, and I will do so even if it necessitates defying my state party’s leadership, she added.

Glenn Clary, the current chair of the Alaska Republican Party, did not respond to a message left for him.

In addition, the censure motion criticized Murkowski for endorsing Deb Haaland for the position of interior secretary despite the fact that Haaland has been a vocal opponent of resource development on public land, which the party claims is crucial for Alaska’s economy. Haaland’s appointment to the position was just confirmed. Republican Dan Sullivan, the other senator from Alaska, likewise supported Haaland’s confirmation.

The resolution also noted Murkowski’s opposition to abortion restrictions, vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act, resistance to the selection of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the highest court, and criticism of Trump and calls for his resignation following the Capitol incident.