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Fishermen, Firefighters, Operators, and Timbermen Endorse Lisa

Fairbanks, AK- Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced endorsements today from the United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA), the Alaska Forestry Association (AFA), the International Union of Operating Engineers Alaska (IUOE-Alaska), and the International Association of Fire Fighters Alaska Chapter (IAFF-Alaska).

“It is an honor to have endorsements from Alaskan organizations with such broad membership. These groups represent Alaskans from across our state’s critical industries and we are thrilled to have their support” said Lisa. “This campaign is about Alaska and who can best defend our state from the Federal Government’s assault on our way of life.”

"Sen. Lisa Murkowski has always been a strong supporter of the Alaska forest industry, She's been our consistent ally in the Senate, making sure the timber industry has a voice in legislation that affects loggers," said Owen Graham, executive director of the Alaska Forest Association. "She has consistently opposed hostile environmental proposals that threaten to shut down Southeast's timber industry. The next two to four years are critical to keeping Alaska's timber industryalive," Graham continued. "The AFA needs Sen. Murkowski's seniority to help fight off attacks from those who would prefer to shut our industry down. I urge all voters to choose Sen. Murkowski on August 24.”

“With this early endorsement, UFA recognizes the record of Senator Murkowski’s awareness and effectiveness in helping Alaska’s fishing families and businesses.  She has risen in her stature in the Senate and worked successfully on our behalf on a wide variety of issues that affect thousands of our members,” said UFA President Arni Thomson. “She was honored as Person of the year in Alaska politics in 2007 for her help to Exxon Valdez oil spill claimants with tax treatment and retirement accounts for settlement payments. Most recently, she helped tens of thousands of Alaska fishermen by extending a moratorium on EPA vessel discharge permit requirements which would have taken effect on July 31, while the EPA study on the effects of runoff and discharges is still in progress.”

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