Iditarod champ urges better vetting of Supreme Court nominee

September 12, 2018
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Jeff King, one of the world's most successful professional dog mushers, is shown Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, speaking at a rally in Anchorage, Alaska, against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. The four-time Iditarod champion urged U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, to call for a complete vetting of Kavanaugh and not bow to pressure from the Republican party or President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of the world’s most successful professional dog mushers is speaking out against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King is urging U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to call for a complete vetting of Kavanaugh. Murkowski is a moderate Republican whose support would likely be needed for Kavanaugh to win confirmation. She hasn’t indicated how she might vote.

King spoke Tuesday a rally outside her Anchorage office, saying she shouldn’t bow to President Donald Trump. King says Trump’s actions have “been a palpable kick in the gut” for him, from cozying up to Vladimir Putin to disparaging the late John McCain.

King says he wouldn’t expect Trump’s nominee would have any more regard or decency, and he reminded Murkowski: “You’re our senator, not Trump’s.”

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