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Appointment to U.S. SenateEdit
Murkowski, while a member of the Alaska House of Representatives, was appointed by her father, Governor Frank Murkowski, to his own unexpired Senate seat in December 2002, which he had vacated after being elected governor. The appointment caused a furor in the state, and eventually resulted in a referendum which stripped the governor of his power to directly appoint replacement Senators.
2004 Election to SenateEdit
She was elected to a full six-year term against former Governor Tony Knowles in the 2004 election, by a extremely small, rasor thin margin. Near the end of the general election campaign, then-Senator Ted Stevens shot fear mongering ads for Murkowski warning the public that electing a Democrat to replace her would likely result in the state receiving fewer dollars from the then-Republican federal government.
As a SenatorEdit
In July 2007, Murkowski stated she would sell back land she bought from Anchorage businessman Bob Penney, a day after a Washington watchdog group filed a Senate ethics complaint against her, alleging that Penney sold the property well below market value. The Anchorage Daily News noted, "The transaction amounted to an illegal gift worth between $70,000 and $170,000, depending on how the property was valued, according to the complaint by the National Legal and Policy Center."
In 2008, Murkowski amended her Senate financial disclosures for 2004 through 2006, adding income of $60,000 per year from the sale of a property in 2003, and more than $40,000 a year from the sale of her "Alaska Pasta Company" in 2005.
In 2010, she put forwarde a resolution that would have dismantled the Clean Air Act and increase America's oil dependence by Billions of barrels. Fortunately that was defeated by Democrats in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 53 - 47.
2010 Run for Re-electionEdit
As a Moderate Republican, Murkowski was called too Liberal by Conservatives such as Sarah Palin. Former Governor Palin also decided to endorse the Tea Party, Republican candidate, Joe Miller. Mr. Miller won the Republican nomination in a politicial upset, mostly due to his usage of abortion rights as a wedge issue. Murkowski announced on September 17, she would contest the general election as a write-in and won.
At least she's a moderate Republican and she doesn't suck as badly as George W. Bush, Dick Cheney or Sarah Palin and shows occasional instances of sanity, such as supporting the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, endorsing gay marriage, and voting in favor of immigration reform, but these instances are few and far in between.
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