Daddy Frank was in the Senate from 1980 to 2002 when he ran for governor and appointed his daughter to complete the term. After one failed term (he left with a 19% approval rating) as governor he was thoroughly defeated by Sarah Palin in his reelection bid. We count Lisa’s years in the Senate as an extension of her father’s tenure in office hence we consider the more than 30 years between them give her eligibility for a term limit poster.
As with almost all of our poster children, she never had a productive job in the private sector. She became a lawyer and spent some time in the lower house of the Alaska legislature before being appointed to the Senate where she has been ever since.
Lisa Murkowski was the only GOP Senate sponsor of Big Labor’s Police/Fire Monopoly-Bargaining Bill to seek reelection in 2010. She never had any grounding in the principles of her party or for any discernible philosophy other than keeping the Senate seat she was given by her daddy. She grew up in political household and came to believe the Senate seat was her birthright. Her father Frank Murkowski was elected to the Senate in 1980, the same year she was graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in economics. She got a law degree in 1985 but then failed the bar exam four times.
With earmarks such a hot button issue as spending and debt are at unsustainable levels it is noteworthy that both father and daughter were/are huge “porkers” as scored by Citizens Against Government Waste. She even voted against the McCain Amendment which would have prevented earmarks in years in which there was a deficit! She was named Porker of the Month for her unflinching support of using federal tax dollars to build the dead-end “Road to Nowhere.” Read more about the Porker of the Month.
The Club for Growth gave Sen. Murkowski the lowest score of any Republican Senator --just 27%! She voted AGAINST many pro-growth bills and FOR many anti-growth bills such as the additional $350 billion for TARP, the expansion of FedGov health care, cash for clunkers and FOR Cap and Trade. All economy and jobs killers. That's how she helped build the national debt to over $18 trillion. Heritage Action scores her voting record as down with the Democrats at 35%
Murkowski helped pass the first bill that Obama signed into law: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a law named for an Alabama woman who after a 19-year career as a supervisor in a tire factory complained that she had been paid less than men. Even after the Supreme Court ruled against her, she jumped at the chance to hand a major victory to trial lawyers. A Heritage Foundation analysis of the economic effects of this law shows how costly it is and how it would actually hurt those it was purported to help.
Professional politicians do not consider the long term implications of laws they pass --only the short term benefits to themselves by pleasing the lobbyists who support them.
Please support the Vitter Amendment to the constitution –go to www.termlimits.org and sign on to the petition. We'll have another vote in the next session and a million or so names on the petition will help a lot.