Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) broke off with the Senate Republicans and voted with the Democrats to advance Vanita Gupta’s appointment as Associate Attorney General.
Senator Murkowski says she will support Vanita Gupta’s final confirmation pic.twitter.com/gf5NiiwTS7
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Senator Murkowski was the only Republican to vote for the nomination.
Senator Murkowski explained why she supported the advancement of the nomination: “I looked at your files. I sat down with her extensively. I am impressed, not only with her professional qualifications, with her experience, but also with the comments we have just heard on the floor, with the passion she carries with her for her work. “
In other words, Senator Murkowski did what Senators used to do. She met with a candidate and assessed them based on their ability to do the job for which they were nominated. It may seem like a thousand years ago, but not so long ago this was common behavior in the Senate.
It’s sad comment on what happened to the Senate thanks to the Republican obstruction that a Republican Senator supporting a Democratic President candidate is now big news.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association