Senate Republicans defied expectations Wednesday and did not remove Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) as the senior Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
After debating her future during a closed-door meeting, the GOP conference voted to let Murkowski keep her committee position despite the write-in challenge she has mounted against Joe Miller, the winner of her state’s Republican primary.
Republicans worry Murkowski’s candidacy could cause their party a safe seat by splitting the GOP vote with Miller, who upset Murkowski after receiving support from the Tea Party movement and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).
But several of her colleagues argued Wednesday that Murkowski should get to keep her committee position as she fights to retain her seat in the Senate.
Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas) and George Voinovich (Ohio) were among several senators who spoke in her favor, according to Republican aides. They said the conference should not do anything to harm her following Murkowski’s resignation as vice chairwoman of the Senate GOP conference
Hutchison ended the discussion by moving to hold a vote on not doing anything, which passed. The vote was by secret ballot and the vote count was not announced, aides said.
When asked immediately after the meeting whether Republicans would convene on a later date to vote on stripping Murkowski of her committee leadership position, Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) said: “Well, there’s no other meeting of the conference scheduled right now.”
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Kay helps Lisa Murkowski retain her position on the Energy committee...
It's practically official. Kay is not running for senate again in 2012, and if she is running her chances just fell again after creeping up since her disastrous primary battle. Kay is back on the RINO band wagon... helping ousted and disgraced Republican in Name Only Lisa Murkowski cling to power on an important committee (link). Excerpt follows...
Kay, what are you thinking?
There was certainly a way for Kay to get back into favor with conservatives. She was kind of on her way... she seemed to have gotten wise to why she lost... Kay needed to champion conservative legislation... get her name attached to a cause... and not do anything like this to poke the base in the eye.
As it is, Kay seems hell bent on being... well... Kay... which is why she was trounced so resoundingly in March...