Political ads putting U.S. Sen. Murkowski back in the spotlight of national politics filled Alaska’s television stations over the weekend, just as Trump is expected to make his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska announced on Friday that it had deployed an ad campaign targeting U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and looming fight over the U.S. Supreme Court on stations in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
With Trump pledging to undo the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, it puts Murkowski, who’s been a solid supporter of access to women’s health care and abortion, in a key spot. The ad calls on Murkowski to get a clear, public answer from Trump’s pick on the case.
“We need her now more than ever,” explains the ad. “Trump’s Supreme Court nominee must publicly declare a position on Roe.”
Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was Trump’s first appointment to the court thanks to maneuvering by the GOP U.S. Senate, avoided taking a solid stance on Roe v. Wade saying during his confirmation hearings that it’s the “Law of the land.” He also got Murkowski’s vote.
The 30-second ad was already scheduled to play on KTUU, KTVA and KTVF according to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission. The total cost, according to the FCC filings, is $51,345.
The ACLU ad was one of two ad campaigns targeting Murkowski in the run-up to today, when Trump is expected to make his announcement. Protect Our Care, a national pro-Affordable Care Act group, also launched ads highlighting the role Murkowski and the U.S. Supreme Court will have in a pending fight to overturn protections for pre-existing conditions.
Trump is expected to make the announcement tonight.