Alaska Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka today issued the following statement regarding Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court:
“Lisa Murkowski has once again disregarded the best interests of her constituents and voted to confirm a leftist nominee who is certain to participate in rulings that are directly harmful to the people of Alaska. Judge Jackson has shown the rules don't apply to her—she will deviate from the sentencing guidelines as she sees fit, even if it hurts children. As a mom of five Alaskan children, it’s heartbreaking and offensive to me that Murkowski is supporting Judge Jackson instead of the children of Alaska.
“Ketanji Brown Jackson has proven that she will be lenient on child sex abusers, will not distinguish between the two genders, and will not recognize the natural rights of people as laid out in the Declaration of Independence. This is a terrible vote by Lisa Murkowski which will negatively impact Alaska for decades.
“Murkowski described her vote in terms of how ‘historic’ it was, and it is undeniable that Jackson’s elevation to the Court as the first black woman is a milestone. But we have heard this from Murkowski before when she’s voted for leftist nominees. It’s how she described her vote to confirm federal judge Sharon Gleason, who killed the Willow oil and gas project and halted the construction of the life-saving King Cove Road. And it’s how she described her tie-breaking vote to advance the confirmation of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who has led President Joe Biden’s energy-annihilating agenda. Those votes resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs and an unknown number of Alaskan lives. On votes as important as these, philosophy and ideology matter, not just the demographic characteristics of the nominee.
“Murkowski has now voted to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson, while she opposed the confirmation of constitutionalist Justice Brett Kavanaugh and filibustered the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. Alaskans are tired of her bowing to her D.C. insider friends and groveling for their approval. When I’m the next senator from Alaska, I will only support solid, constitutionalist nominees.”