Uh oh, somebody is up against a rock and a hard place.
Courtesy of ADN:
Alaska’s largest Native organization said Wednesday it “strongly” opposes the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, calling his views on Indian policy erroneous and a threat to unique policies and laws governing Alaska Native institutions.
The Alaska Federation of Natives announcement potentially adds pressure to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who has not said whether she supports the appointment and who in 2010 benefited from the group’s endorsement in her uphill write-in victory against Joe Miller. Groups opposed to Kavanaugh’s appointment have pressed Murkowski to vote against him.
“AFN strongly urges the U.S. Senate to vote against Judge Kavanaugh,” the organization said. “The documents that have been released so far in relation to his nomination demonstrate how troubling his confirmation would be for Native peoples, particularly Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.”
AFN said Kavanaugh has an “erroneous” position on the Indian Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution. The clause gives Congress the power to “regulate commerce” with nations, states and Indian tribes, but Kavanaugh challenges the clause’s application to affairs beyond trade, the organization said in a prepared statement.
“This impacts Alaska Native tribes, corporations, organizations and consortia because their dealings with Congress presently extend to a host of federal programs concerning their members, resources and governments,” AFN said.
As I have mentioned a few times before, without the native voters there is no next term for Lisa Murkowski.
She owes everything to this voting block, and if they turn against her she is going to be lost in the political wilderness.