Murkowski Fends Off Attacks on Her Record in Alaska’s Senate Debate
In a crowded race in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, Senator Lisa Murkowski has not only beaten Democrat and former U.S. Representative Joe Miller in the primary but also has the backing of independent groups such as Freedom Partners and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. But is Murkowski’s opponent having enough support to get the Democratic nominee, U.S. Representative Dan Sullivan, through the Nov. 4 election? Murkowski thinks so and is fighting back with the help of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Last week, Murkowski was joined by Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chair Jay Rockefeller for a rally in Juneau where Murkowski gave one of her most memorable quotes when she spoke about the need for change in Washington. Murkowski said, “We have got to come up with an alternative to socialism, and we don’t have one.” This quote and the fact that the DSCC has endorsed Murkowski have put Murkowski in a strong position as she looks to win the Democratic primary. After her comments, she gained the support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a group that backs Democrats.
During the primary debate, Miller tried to strike back by questioning Murkowski about her support for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Miller is an albino and the senator is also a Democrat, and his comments were perceived as an attack on Murkowski’s character. Miller also questioned Murkowski on her support for President Obama’s healthcare reform bill and said that she would be a “one issue” state senator.
While Miller may have gotten under Murkowski’s skin during the debate, she has not gone after her record. Murkowski has faced attacks before in her state. Just a few days before the primary, she faced a barrage of criticism, including from Miller. She responded by saying, “I’ve had my share of challenges and controversies. My record speaks for itself.”
But as it turns out, her “record” has not been as robust as she may think. In fact, Murkowski only took office after three terms as a state legislator. In the past few years