WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A group of Alaskans is in our nation’s capital speaking out against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the president’s Supreme Court pick. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted “no” during a procedural vote Friday and is likely to reject Kavanaugh during the final vote slated for Saturday. While the Senate did move ahead to a final vote with a 51-49 decision, Murkowski’s no vote gave the group of women hope.
“We’re very proud that she’s not just voting along party lines and that she’s representing the state,” said Jane Moore, a physician from Anchorage.
Women spoke one-by-one in front of Murkowski’s office, sharing their experiences of sexual assault back home. Moore says she was first assaulted before the age of five and many times after that. She says the problem is particularly bad in Alaska, a state with high rates of rape and sexual assault.
Jennifer Brown from Juneau was inspired to tell her story after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came out with sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.
“People are getting heard and everybody’s voice is coming out. So it brings something that’s been held in darkness to the light,” said Brown.
The American Civil Liberty Union and grassroots movements handpicked these women and paid for them to get to Washington. The efforts from these groups have made a lot of noise on Capitol Hill, but the effectiveness remains to be seen as the confirmation moves ahead.
Republican supporters of Kavanaugh were joined by key swing vote Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). Republican leaders are confident they have enough votes to confirm Kavanaugh.
“I hope we can say, ‘No to mob rule,’ by voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” said Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The final vote on Kavanaugh is expected Saturday. Murkowski was not available for an interview.