Senator Murkowski Concedes Primary
The Senate’s fourth-ranking Republican, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has conceded in the Republican primary in Alaska to newly confirmed nominee Joe Miller. Mr. Miller is largely supported by Tea Party leaders and former Governor Sarah Palin.
Senator Murkowski is the current Ranking Member in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. She has been a constant voice in hearings regarding carbon cap-and-trade legislation, renewable energy standards, and clean energy issues. While I don’t agree with all of her positions in these areas, I do respect her dedication to developing a national energy policy that Americans can live with.
Last week, in a blog post published on Mackerel Sky, LBJ student Chris Mergerson noted that if Senator Murkowski was not elected to serve an additional term in office, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural resources would have ZERO representation from the top three petroleum producing states in the U.S. (Alaska, Texas, and California). This fact was quite striking to me – as I would assume that the vested interested of these states in energy issues would cause them to seek leadership roles on these committees – but apparently Senators from these states haven’t made this committee a priority despite its power and influence in energy policy issues.
It will be interesting to watch how Republican leadership in the ongoing energy policy debate shifts with this change in the Republican guard – from one of high-ranking strength born from drive, determination and dedication in Senator Murkowski to a newbie Tea Party activist.
Is it too much to hope for a surprising victory for Scott McAdams?