During a debate regarding the Republican National Committee’s resolution defining the Capitol riot as “legitimate political dialogue,” Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) noted on Sunday that it might be “uncomfortable” to not identify with her own political party.
During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” co-anchor Jake Tapper questioned Murkowski about the Republican National Committee’s resolution chastising GOP Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) for taking part in the congressional investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
The Capitol violence was described as “legitimate political speech” in the resolution.
When asked on Sunday by Tapper if it is “uncomfortable to be a non-rigidly political person during this era,” Murkowski said, “during this period, sure.”
“It can be awkward to declare, “I’m not going to neatly match myself with what the party is saying just because the party is saying.”
You must be confident in who you are, who you represent, and why you are here “Murkowski stated this. “I’m not here to be the Republican Party’s representative.
I’m here to speak on behalf of the Alaskan people. And I take that responsibility very seriously” she said.
As an Alaska senator, she feels it is her obligation to “simply speak the truth” when “there is a problem when the party is taking an approach or saying things that I think are just totally incorrect.”
Murkowski, who is seeking for her fourth full term, has regularly split with the GOP throughout her stint in office, most notably voting to convict former President Trump on a charge of encouraging an insurgency during his second impeachment hearing.
Murkowski stated in a second segment of the interview on Sunday about the bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed in November, “sometimes when the going gets difficult, we simply say that’s too hard, and we return to the party themes.”