Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - Governor Mike Dunleavy has shared a statement after Senate Republicans rejected the confirmation of Rep. Laddie Shaw to fill the vacancy to Senate District M.
The governor responded after a majority of Senate Republicans failed to confirm Shaw to fill the seat held by the late Sen. Chris Birch.
"Laddie Shaw is well-qualified, there’s no question," the governor said. "He was overwhelmingly elected into office, his District put his name forward among a group of highly qualified individuals, and he has a history of service as a Navy Seal, as a decorated was veteran, and a public servant. Laddie Shaw was someone well-deserving and qualified of this appointment.
“In a statement issued by Senate Republicans, it appears now they are pushing a political litmus test based entirely upon the PFD. Senate District M is more than a single issue district. District M deserves qualified representation based on a wide variety of issues, not just one.
“I want to thank Representative Shaw for going through this process and look forward to our continued work together. I now have ten days to fill this vacancy, as prescribed by law, and look forward to updating you again shortly.”
The governor now has 10 days to appoint another candidate for Senate Republicans to consider.