Sen. Murkowski says she's had a #MeToo moment of her own

Published: Oct. 2, 2018 at 1:51 PM AKDT
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The #MeToo movement has made headlines, with countless women coming forward since its inception to tell their stories of sexual assault and harassment, and to offer support for one another.

Now, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a key vote in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says she's among them.

Alaska Public Media's Liz Ruskin

that Murkowski said she has had her own #MeToo moment, but did not specify exactly what it was.

Karina Borger, spokesperson for Murkowski, told KTUU that the exact specifics of Murkowski's story are not public at this time. "It’s the Senator’s story to share and she will share it when or if she wants to," Borger said in an email.

Last week, all eyes were glued to testimony offered before the Senate Judiciary Committee with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers.

The allegations by Ford and at least two other women, against Kavanaugh were those of sexual assault and misconduct. Kavanaugh denied at the hearing ever assaulting Ford or any other woman.

In saying she, too, has been a victim, Murkowski doesn't only represent another prominent woman who has been the victim of sexual abuse in some form. She's also someone who wields significant power when it comes to Kavanaugh's confirmation.

The senator represents one of very few key swing votes which could result in Kavanaugh being rejected. Due to this, Murkowski has been pressed repeatedly for her stance on Kavanaugh's nomination, and whether or not she would support him in a full Senate vote.

Although she has still yet to state her decision officially either way, she supported further FBI investigation into his candidacy.

"The FBI is doing its investigation. We need them to do their investigation, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to wait to see what comes back," Murkowski said Tuesday.

The results of that FBI candidacy, and Murkowski's eventual vote on Kavanaugh, may be pushed to a head sooner rather than later.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took on the Senate floor Tuesday, saying, "we will be voting this week" on Kavanaugh's fate. When that happens, Murkowski will have to weigh in.