Alaska congressional delegation reacts to Trump victory

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Senator Lisa Murkowski on election night said Donald Trump's win is "good for Alaska," but it was just a few weeks ago when Murkowski and Senator Dan Sullivan said they could not support Trump's election bid.

Trump came under fire after a 2005 recording was caught on a hot microphone between Trump and Access Hollywood host Billy Bush.

In the recording Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women, saying that "when you're a star, they let you do it."

A few days later Murkowski and Sullivan attacked Trump for his comments.

"Then I see this video where the Republican nominee to become President of the United States is bragging about how he preys on women. This is not acceptable for anyone, and it's certainly not acceptable for anyone who would want to be the president of the United States," Murkowski said at the time.

Tuesday night, after winning her seat for a third term, Murkowski was asked about how the working relationship would be between herself and Trump.

"He's not got a record in a sense of a legislative record, but what he has said is right in line with what I have been laying down, which is energy is good and making sure that we are a nation that is not vulnerable to others because we utilize our own resources. I think this is good for Alaska, I think it's good for the country," Murkowski said, "I think it really does work to make us strong."

After the Trump comments surfaced, Sen. Sullivan also called on Trump to drop out of the race releasing a statement saying, "Inspired by my three wonderful teenage daughters, and my wise and gracious wife, I have tried to do everything in my authority as an Alaskan public official over the past seven years to combat sexual assault and domestic violence. I've worked to encourage men to choose respect and change the culture of abuse against women and children, which is at epidemic levels in Alaska and many parts of the country. We need national leaders who can lead by example on this critical issue. The reprehensible revelations about Donald Trump have shown that he can't. Therefore, I am withdrawing my support for his candidacy. Because I love Alaska and our country, I cannot and will not support Hillary Clinton. She and her husband have their own sordid history of abuse of women. Further, her stated policies will undermine Alaska's economic future and our constitutional rights."

In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, Sullivan congratulated Trump on his victory and said he looks forward to working with the new administration.

“They clearly heard and gave voice to the concerns of millions of our citizens who feel the American dream is slipping away,” Sullivan said of Trump and Pence.

“Finally, I would like to reinforce the important and unifying words of President-elect Trump from his speech last night, calling for ‘America to bind the wounds of division, and come together as one united people,’” Sullivan added.

Alaska's lone Congressman Don Young condemned the comments, but stopped short of calling on Trump to quit.

On Twitter, Mr. Trump attacked the Republicans fleeing his campaign as “self-righteous hypocrites” and predicted their defeat at the ballot box.

Tuesday evening Murkowski said many of her supporters were also Trump supporters.

"Regardless of whats happened at the national level, I think what people in Alaska are looking at is Lisa can get the job done and we want her to continue," Murkowski said, "and that's what we're going to do and I look forward to working with a new president and a new administration on these issues that are so important to Alaska."

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