U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s improbable victory as a write-in candidate in Alaska brought some relief to supporters of a Native Hawaiian federal recognition bill.
Murkowski’s vote would likely be necessary if U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, is able to win time on the Senate floor for the bill during the lame-duck session. Akaka needs 60 votes to break Republican procedural roadblocks.
As a Washington, D.C., aide put it tonight:
Yes, we are very happy about Murkowski. That helps because, one, she can be in DC from now on when we are voting as she is not litigating in Alaska. And, two, she’ll hopefully be a Senate supporter of Native Hawaiians for the next six years regardless of what happens between now and end of year.