It seems that since Senator Lisa Murkowski emerged victorious in her re-election bid in Alaska, she’s done nothing but take glee in opposing her own party. She’s not only wearing the mantle of RINO, she’s proudly trumpeting her RINO-Y creds far and wide.
Her latest jab against her fellow Republicans is for not focusing more on job creation :
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) has leveled a stinging criticism at fellow Republicans by charging they are not focusing enough on job creation.
In Washington, where “jobs” has become the principal buzzword in partisan political arguments, Murkowski’s charge hurled back at her own side really stings.
Murkowski said GOP leaders have been spending too much time and effort on a “messaging” battle with Democrats over repealing healthcare reform when the issue most voters care about is high unemployment.
“The real question is how much time we in Congress spend on this messaging,” Murkowski said. “I don’t think that’s what the American public wants us to do. … I don’t think what people want is kind of the messaging that’s going on.”
Murkowski made her comment soon after Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed to reporters that he would force a vote on the healthcare reform repeal the GOP-controlled House passed this week.
Murkowski has become a growing headache for McConnell since she won a write-in reelection against Joe Miller, the Senate Republican nominee.
Her criticism comes less than 2 weeks since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and after a brief respite in action in the House due to the Giffords shooting. Maybe she could have waited just a tad longer to make her criticisms known?
Just in case Senator Murkowski is not aware, several of those new Republicans in the House actually campaigned on trying to repeal Obamacare, so who is she to complain about fellow members in her own party following through on a campaign promise? She herself says that after her recent victory she’s back to only represent her constituents, not her party:
“I will be returned here to the United States Senate, it will be not because I came as my party’s nominee but because a very, very wide range of Alaskans of all political stripes have stepped and said ‘you’re the person we want to represent us.’ ”
Isn’t Senator Murkowski then being disingenuous when she complains about the representatives voting to repeal Obama care when that is what THEIR constituents want?
As I mentioned above, Murkowski’s complaint is just the latest in a number of things she’s done to seemingly poke her finger in the eyes of her fellow Republicans. In the lame duck session, after the November election, Murkowski was more than happy to jump on the President’s bandwagon in order to get legislation he favored passed:
Murkowski supported the president’s position on the Senate’s four biggest votes since last Wednesday. She and fellow Alaska Sen. Mark Begich (D) voted in favor of the tax cut compromise and to invoke cloture on New START treaty, the Dream Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Both senators also voted in favor of the final repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on Saturday.
No Senate Republican voted for all four bills other than Murkowski. And the senior senator from Alaska, who became a national figure this year when she defeated attorney Joe Miller (R) with her write-in campaign, has actually been a more reliable vote for the president than 18 members of the Senate Democratic caucus since Dec. 15. (emphasis mine)
- Maybe they should have been a little nicer to Murkowski (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Sen. Murkowski questions approach to health repeal (thehill.com)
- Murkowski Says GOP Should Move On (politicalwire.com)