Alaska Young Republicans ‘appalled’ at Senate candidates’ silence on Begich filibuster vote

Hear no evil The Alaska Young Republicans are going after Republican Senate candidates for their silence on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich’s vote on Thursday to change the Senate filibuster rules. So far, none of the three main Republican candidates —  Joe Miller, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan—have condemned Begich’s vote.

“While Senator Begich’s position is not surprising to those closely following his positions on important Constitutional issues, we are surprised and appalled that none of the Republican candidates for US Senate in Alaska have released any statements condemning Senator Begich’s disgraceful stance,” the group said in a press release.

Thursday’s vote, which passed 52-48, allows nominations to executive branch and judicial nominations to proceed with a simple majority, or 51 votes. It does not affect Supreme Court nominees or any legislation. It will, however, likely affect the rest of Obama’s agenda, much of which, including the regulation of greenhouse gases, will play out in the courts.

Critics call the change a “power grab.” Supporters say the the change was necessary because Senate Republicans have been so intransigent that courts and agencies were suffering as a result.

So far, 79 Obama nominees have faced filibusters, more than double the 38 picks of President George W. Bush.

All but three Democrats—Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Joe Manchin of West Virginia—voted for the change. Pryor and Manchin face tough reelections in their respective red states in 2014. Levin announced his retirement earlier this year.

The young Republicans also want the state party to speak up.

“As the next generation of local and national leaders, we cannot sit idly by as the Alaska Republican Party and our future candidates for office are quiet on issues of such gravity,” they wrote.

“We urge them to stand up for our state and hold Senator Begich accountable for his actions.”

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3 thoughts on “Alaska Young Republicans ‘appalled’ at Senate candidates’ silence on Begich filibuster vote

  1. Lynn Willis

    If only Alaskans could elect true political independents to office. The primary directive of both political parties is to first destroy the other party. If embarrassment or weakening of the opposition can be accomplished then these party hacks could care less about the state, the nation or the citizens they are supposed to represent. Now the stage is being set for another shutdown of the government and/or the dangerous failure to extend the debt limit just to achieve a political objective. Where were these young Republicans when, during the last government shutdown, the House Majority changed the House procedural rules to only allow bills to be introduced by the Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House?

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