(FiveNation.com)- Senate Republicans plan to support the re-election bid of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, despite her vote to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.
Trump has been advocating for the GOP to “get rid of” all 17 Republican members of Congress who voted to impeach him. There were seven GOP members of the Senate who voted to convict Trump. Murkowski, though, is the only one who will be facing a re-election bid in the 2022 midterm elections. That could all of a sudden prove challenging to the senator from Alaska, since Trump won that state by 10 points in the 2020 presidential election.
Despite that, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would continue to back her. On Wednesday, he was asked if the National Republican Senatorial Committee would back the embattled Senator from Alaska. He responded:
He was then asked if he was worried that Trump’s influence could potentially make it very hard for Murkowski to end up winning re-election. He responded succinctly:
On Sunday, Trump was making his first public speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. During that speech, he openly spoke out against the GOP members of Congress who voted to either impeach or convict him.
He called these members “RINOs,” which stands for “Republican In Name Only.” He said to the crowd:
“The Republicans do not stick together. The RINOs that we’re surrounded with will destroy the Republican Party and the American worker, and will destroy our country itself.”
Trump then listed each of the Republicans who did not support him during his second impeachment ordeal.
Murkowski has long drawn the ire of Trump, and she certainly isn’t a true conservative, at least according to the other GOP members of the Senate. Even the Democrats are looking to try to get Murkowski on their side.
Turns out that President Joe Biden’s transition team had been working with Murkowski for her advice on things such as potential picks for Cabinet. The team ran lists of names by her to get her feedback. As Murkowski even admitted:
“I don’t know what they’re doing with my advice. They may be listening politely and saying, ‘Well, that was nice’ and doing something else. But at least you know that you have an opportunity to just weigh in and say, ‘That would be a really bad choice.'”
Fast forward a few months, and Democrats are trying to woo the Alaska senator again. As parts of their ultra-progressive $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package are falling apart, the Biden administration is looking to Murkowski for support.
The reason they need Murkowski is that even some of their own party members aren’t in favor of some of their proposals. Some centrist Democrats in the Senate are opposed to the plan, and that could prove fatal to the bill.
If Democrats want to pass their relief bill through budget reconciliation, they’ll need 50 votes in support. So, if one Democrat votes no, they’ll have to convince a Republican to vote yes.
Apparently, that RINO is Murkowski.