‘It became clear to me that Judge Kavanaugh did not meet that highest of standards, which I require….’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) Senator Lisa Murkowski, who gained notoriety after becoming the only Senate Republican to not vote in favor of the confirmation of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, has no regrets about her decision, according to KTVA News.
The senior senator from Alaska discussed Kavanaugh and other topics during a brief visit to her home state, while addressing members of the Alaska Miners Association.
Murkowski, who was originally appointed to her seat by her father in what many considered a flagrant act of nepotism, said that unlike the executive and the legislative branches, the judiciary is supposed to be non-political.
Her concerns about Kavanaugh’s politics led to her casting a vote of ‘present’ on his nomination, despite his sterling credentials.
Kavanaugh was eventually confirmed in a 50-48 vote.
“[A]s we went through that process of evaluation, it was not just about the qualifications in terms of academic background, cases he weighed in on,” she said Friday. “It was also temperament. It was also independence.”
“It became clear to me that Judge Kavanaugh did not meet that highest of standards, which I require.”
Murkowski’s comments about temperament is a reference to Kavanaugh’s animated defense of himself before a Senate committee against claims, with no evidence, that he had sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford at a high school party.
Blasey Ford was just one of a number of accusers who appeared at the last minute to make claims of sexual assault against Trump’s second nominee to the high court.
Last week, one of them recanted her tale that Kavanaugh raped her, admitting that it was a “tactic” she used in order to derail his nomination, and that she had never met Kavanaugh.
While Murkowski did not address the false allegations, she qualified her comments on Kavanaugh by adding that it was her “fervent hope” he would prove her wrong and be an independent and impartial justice.
Murkowski is up for reelection in 2022.