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Hundreds of female Alaska attorneys call on Murkowski, Sullivan to vote 'no' on Kavanaugh
Hundreds of female attorneys urged Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
More than 350 attorneys made the request in a joint letter sent to the Republican senators, according to the Daily News-Miner.
"We are Alaskan women attorneys who work in a variety of settings, including public interest organizations, government agencies, and private practice," the letter states, the newspaper reported. "Among us are Republicans, Democrats, Nonpartisan and Undeclared voters. We ask you, as your constituents and as fellow lawyers, to vote against confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Justice of the United States Supreme Court."
The newspaper reports that the letter says this call to vote "no" on Kavanaugh stemmed from concerns about sexual misconduct allegations against him and his temperament.
"Judge Kavanaugh's conduct during his confirmation hearing fell far short of our standards as citizens and as lawyers," the attorneys add. "He displayed uncontrolled anger, sarcasm, and open contempt of Senators -- particularly female Senators -- and he made numerous unapologetically partisan statements."
A spokeswoman for Murkowski told the newspaper she was unsure if the senator had received the letter yet. She added that Murkowski would respond to it directly
Sullivan did not respond to a request for comment from the News-Miner. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
The letter comes about a week after Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Ford's claims he sexually assaulted her during a high school party in the 1980s.
Kavanaugh has fiercely denied the accusation, and multiple GOP senators have said an FBI report on its probe into Kavanaugh showed there was no corroboration for Ford's claims.
But Democratic senators have criticized how the investigation was handled.
Murkowski is considered to be an important swing vote in Kavanaugh's confirmation. She told reporters on Thursday that she is still reviewing the FBI's findings from its investigation into the allegations.
The Senate is prepared to move forward with a procedural vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday.