April 23, 2015

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Murkowski and Sullivan cave to tea party, vote NO on Lynch

Alaska’s Senate delegation says NO to first African American woman Attorney General

ANCHORAGE: Sen. Lisa Murkowski, along with Sen. Dan Sullivan, voted NO on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch. Confirmed by a vote of 56-43, Lynch became the nation’s first African American woman Attorney General. The GOP had held up Lynch’s confirmation over a dispute on abortion language placed into an anti-sex trafficking bill. With a recent compromise reached on the trafficking bill, the road was cleared for Lynch’s confirmation.

10 GOP Senators crossed the aisle for the historic vote, including the Republican leadership of Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Lindsey Graham. However, Alaska’s Senators stood against Lynch.

“It’s sad to see that Murkowski and Sullivan voted NO on such a qualified and historic Attorney General nominee,” said Mike Wenstrup chair of the Alaska Democratic Party. “More and more we are seeing Murkowski and Sullivan walk lockstep with the tea party wing of the Republican Party.”