A new possibility to fill the seat emerged. The Republican Party advanced retired Palmer small business owner Vicki Wallner to replace Braund as one of three nominees.
Braund’s posts on Facebook contain potentially controversial material.
Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche said the rejection was based on Walker not following the traditional process.
They said in a letter to Walker that it would unfair to either confirm or reject Walker’s appointment of Randall Kowalke to replace Dunleavy.
A majority of the 13 Republicans in the Senate must vote to support Kowalke before he can be seated.