An un­fair at­tack on Ms. Murkowski

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Kathleen Parker’s stom­ach-turn­ing op-ed con­flated the re­ported (and pub­licly recorded) views and be­hav­ior of Alabama’s bizarre and dan­ger­ous Se­nate can­di­date, Roy Moore, and the is­sue of open­ing the Arc­tic Na­tional Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling [“Stom­ach-turn­ing be­hav­ior,” op-ed, Nov. 12].

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and her views and ac­tions on drilling in the Arc­tic do not merit this smear. As a life­long Demo­crat and an op­po­nent (per­son­ally) of drilling in ANWR, I can­not al­low this un­con­scionable com­par­i­son to stand.

Ms. Murkowski is as thought­ful and prin­ci­pled a pub­lic fig­ure as any of us could wish for. Her party tried to re­move her from the Se­nate with a more “con­ser­va­tive” can­di­date; she had to run as a write-in can­di­date. She won; they failed. They have also not suc­ceeded in si­lenc­ing her ad­mirable voice.

I am proud to sup­port her and have con­trib­uted to her cam­paigns.

Her pub­lic state­ments, po­si­tions and votes are con­sis­tent with what would be ex­pected of a sen­a­tor from Alaska. But even then, she is so much more. She is a leader in the Se­nate with a de­sire to reach bi­par­ti­san res­o­lu­tions to pol­icy ques­tions great and small. She acts on this prin­ci­ple. As chair of the Se­nate En­ergy and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Com­mit­tee, she has part­nered with the rank­ing Demo­cratic mem­ber, Maria Cantwell (Wash.), with the pa­tient and in­tel­lec­tu­ally hon­est be­hav­ior that we wish for in all such com­mit­tee re­la­tion­ships.

Ms. Murkowski ad­vo­cates for Alaska with knowl­edge, em­pa­thy and fierce de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Shelley Fi­dler, Wash­ing­ton

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