Alaska GOP weighs reprimanding Murkowski over Kavanaugh vote

Leaders of the Alaskan Republican Party are weighing a reprimand for Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day Senators press FDA tobacco chief on status of vaping ban Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal MORE (R) for not voting to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Alaska's GOP has asked Murkowski to send its state central committee any information she thinks may be relevant to its decision, The Associated Press reported on Monday.

ADVERTISEMENT

Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock said the committee may issue a statement or withdraw its support for Murkowski. In the case of the latter, the committee would encourage officials to find a replacement and ask Murkowski not to run as a Republican for reelection. 

During her 2010 reelection bid, Murkowski lost her GOP primary but went on to win the general election as a write-in candidate.

Babcock told the AP that the party has taken away support from legislators who caucused with Democrats before, and that Alaskan Republicans are outraged with the senator's decision.

Murkowski, the only Republican senator not to support Kavanaugh's confirmation in a final floor vote, told reporters that any political retribution for her vote could make it difficult for her to fulfill the job with which Alaskans had tasked her.

Only one Democrat, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinFormer coal exec Don Blankenship launches third-party presidential bid Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Overnight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics MORE (W.Va.), supported Kavanaugh's confirmation in the Saturday vote.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes MORE said Saturday that Murkowski's vote was "really unacceptable" in a brief phone interview with The Washington Post.

"I think she will never recover from this. I think the people from Alaska will never forgive her for what she did," Trump said, predicting that Murkowski would have a tough primary race in 2022, when she is up for reelection.

Murkowski's office did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.