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Is Sen. Murkowsi Bucking Her Party?

Is Sen. Murkowsi Bucking Her Party?

The GOP weren’t exactly supportive when it came to Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski’s reelection campaign.  They enthusiastically supported Tea Party candidate Joe Miller when he won the party endorsement, going as far as to push Murkowski out of her leadership positions when she declared she would run a write in campaign.

Now, that lack of support may be coming back to haunt the Republican Party, as Murkowski openly challenges them over their insistence on repealing health care reform.

From The Hill:

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Thursday cast doubt on the manner in which Republicans have attempted to repeal the healthcare law.

“I don’t believe there are votes sufficient in the Senate to repeal healthcare reform,” she said. “And if there were, you’re still dealing with a president whose signature domestic legislative accomplishment was the healthcare. So he’s not going to allow for the repeal.”

The senator argued that Congress should seriously focus on reducing healthcare costs, but repeal efforts have not satisfied that need.

“We can and should be doing more to reduce our healthcare costs, but what I don’t think people want is the messaging that’s going on,” she said.

Murkowski said if it came to a vote she would still vote with her party to repeal the bill, but her vocal criticism makes it clear that she’s no longer lockstep with a party that didn’t show loyalty to her.

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12:55PM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Sctatching my head here. I'll be darned if I know what this woman is!!! I've looked at quite a few vcting records in the last couple of months (http://www.votesmart.org) and I'm not sure which side she is on. She's definitely not voting straight party line. But I also noticed the highest number of "NV"s by her of any politician I've seen and on some major votes. (NV - Not Voting, Excused, Absent, or Present but not voting.) Like she is either gone a lot or just choosing not to vote one way or the other.

8:42AM PST on Jan 26, 2011

Its past time that all politicians stopped "voting with their party" and started voting for their constituents.

6:35AM PST on Jan 25, 2011

she is there lets just hope she learns to vote for what is best for the people and not what is best for her pocket book. I would rather have a 1 term politiciam than one that sold me out to come back again.

8:52AM PST on Jan 24, 2011

She is one of those big money, connected, in it for herself, kind of politicians that you say you dislike so much. The Party was for Miller because that is what the people of Alaska said they wanted, by voting for Miller. How could the party go against the wishes of the people? When the people "changed" their mind, for whatever reason, then the Party must support her. It is about what the voters want, not the Party.
I don't like her, didn't like Miller either, but it is not my decision of whom Alaskans want to represent them.

5:47AM PST on Jan 24, 2011

She supports aerial wolf killing- enough said. If you vote for something you say you're opposed to then you're a hypocrite and dangerous and have no business in politics. I'll bet she's never thought for herself.

9:50AM PST on Jan 23, 2011

She represents a state that gets more Federal money and welfare than just about any other. What would make her want to repeal Healthcare reform? Politics.

3:49AM PST on Jan 23, 2011

Wake up. She only cares about herself and her career in politics.

10:23PM PST on Jan 22, 2011

She should dump the GOP and become an Independent and vote on what she thinks is right and not what somebody else tells her to do that have corporate agendas. I respected the fact that her constituents wrote her in over the Tea bagger dude... she should stop and realize the GOP did not have her back and not try to suck up to them now... that would be ludicrous.

10:06PM PST on Jan 22, 2011

I am disappointed that she will vote with the party that abandoned her. I liked John McCain when he stood up for what he thought was right instead of the party line, then,he, too got in line. Where are the people who vote their consciousness instead of their party? That is what we need in our leaders!

9:04PM PST on Jan 22, 2011

why the hell would she still vote with her moronic bunch of cretins and idiots. Lisa wake the hell up and try to smell the roses. Your party is comprised of a bunch of ignorant, misguided, heartless, corporate, brainless bottom dwelling scum. And that I'm afraid does an injustice to scum.

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