On Friday, after Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AL) infamously voted no on the Senate cloture vote regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court, Fox News host Laura Ingraham, furious that Murkowski had ignored the fact that no corroborative evidence had been presented supporting any of the allegations against Kavanaugh, fired off a tweet that was a genuine warning shot across the bow:
Ingraham would be more qualified than Murkowski in every way; before she became a major radio and TV personality she graduated from Duke University and got her J.D. from the University of Virginia. She then worked as a speechwriter in the Reagan administration in the late 1980s and as a judicial clerk in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York before clerking for United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Murkowski? She got her J.D. from the Willamette University College of Law. How did she initially get her Senate seat? She was appointed in 2002 by her father, who was the governor of the state.
In 2010, Murkowski lost in the GOP primary to Judge Joe Miller, but then Murkowski decided to run as a write-in candidate in the general election. Murkowski won after a two-week count of write-in ballots, but Miller did not concede; U.S. Federal District Judge Ralph Beistline granted an injunction to stop the certification of the election due to “serious” legal issues and irregularities. The issue went all the way to the state Supreme Court, which rejected Miller’s appeal on December 22, 2010.
Murkowski is not anti-abortion; in January, Murkowski joined Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) to vote against a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks; Murkowski was applauded by Planned Parenthood.