Jeff King speaker at rally to protest Kavanaugh
Iditarod musher Jeff King was a speaker at a noon-time rally in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski's Anchorage office on Tuesday. King was joined by about 50 people protesting President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"I'm not an activist, I'm a dog musher," King told the crowd. "I've run thousands of miles looking at the backside of a dog team and I don't have the endurance to deal with the swamp of Washington DC."
King was among dozens of Alaskans who went to Washington D.C. last week to meet with Murkowski and urge her to vote against Kavanaugh. The Senator's vote, along with fellow Republican Susan Collins of Maine, is considered crucial for giving Kavanaugh the majority he needs to be confirmed.
King and others at the rally said they have serious concerns about Kavanaugh's record.
Protestors said his confirmation could weaken LGBT rights, possibly reverse the decision which made abortion legal, Roe v. Wade, as well as loosen environmental laws and threaten subsistence.
Erin Jackson-Hill is another Alaskan who traveled to D.C. last week. She said they spent about an hour and a half in a meeting with Murkowski about her vote.
"She was very noncommittal, but she was also understanding and open in a way that, frankly, I didn't think she would be," said Jackson-Hill. "It was heartening to go there and see that she took the time to listen to us."
Murkowski hasn't said which way she will go in the vote that's expected within the next two weeks. In an interview with KTVA on Monday, she pointed out that Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings had just ended.
"There's still a process moving forward," said Murkowski. "We're working through it."
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