Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) Wins Reelection

It's official: after a needlessly long post-election legal battle, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has defeated Tea Party candidate (and Sarah Palin endorsee) Joe Miller in her reelection campaign.

A few months ago, I would not have been particularly interested in the outcome of this senate race - I figured, a Republican is winning it either way, so so what?  However, Murkowski has proven - in voting to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and to pass the DREAM Act - that she is not in lock step with Republican leadership and is willing to reach across the aisle on important issues.  Miller certainly would not have been willing to work with Democrats on either of these issues, if on any at all.

So congratulations to Murkowski, a true "maverick," unlike the former half-term governor who had endorsed her opponent.  We certainly have not agreed on 100% of the issues (although who has?), but I - and many, many others - are grateful for the support you have given to DADT repeal.

Now, let's talk about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act...

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