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Alaska GOP to weigh potential action against Murkowski

October 8, 2018
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File - In this Oct. 4, 2018 file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, pauses while speakings to members of the media after a vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill. Alaska Republican party leaders plan to consider whether to reprimand Murkowski for opposing Kavanaugh's confirmation. The party has asked Murkowski to provide any information she might want its state central committee to consider. Murkowski told reporters that if she worried about political repercussions she wouldn't be able to do the job Alaskans expect her to do. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican party leaders plan to consider whether to reprimand U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski for opposing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

The party has asked Murkowski to provide any information she might want its state central committee to consider.

Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock says the committee could decide to issue a statement. Or he says it could withdraw support of Murkowski, encourage party officials to look for a replacement and ask that she not seek re-election as a Republican.

He says the party took that more extreme step previously with state legislators who caucused with Democrats.

He says all this follows outrage from Alaska Republicans.

Murkowski told reporters that if she worried about political repercussions she wouldn’t be able to do the job Alaskans expect her to do.

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