(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) Alaskan Republicans, continuing their pattern of fierce resistance to RINOs representing them, have censured Mitch McConnell for attempting to undermine the top GOP selection in the ranked-choice voting debacle.
The state GOP further asked Murkowski to stop calling herself a Republican, and—per Tuckerman Babcock the Chair of the party—“it also directed the party officials to recruit an opponent in the election and to the extent legally permissible, prevent Lisa Murkowski from running as a Republican in any election.”
Party loyals ultimately chose Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka as their preferred candidate during the primary race.
However, the state’s new voting law ensured that Murkowski remained on the general-election ballot, drawing votes from the true Republican choice even as McConnell, the Senate minority leader and overseer of its vast campaign war-chest, threw support to Murkowski.
“Lisa Murkowski cares more about her standing in D.C. social circles than she does about the people in Alaska she’s supposed to represent,” Tshibaka, the former commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Administration, told the Washington Post.
“It’s why she has enabled Biden’s energy-annihilating agenda that is crushing Alaska workers and families, and it’s why Murkowski is pulling for Pelosi by sending her another foot soldier while every other Republican is trying to stop Pelosi’s radical, leftist agenda,” she added.
Murkowski, for her part, has also abandoned the Republican Party. Over the weekend, she openly endorsed the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Mary Peltola, according to the Post.
Despite the open and apparent opposition to Murkowski by Alaskan Republicans, McConnell spent $5 million on ads attacking Tshibaka, according to Axios.
“The millions of dollars Mitch McConnell is spending on lies about me could be put to better use in other states where a Republican has a chance to beat a Democrat,” Tshibaka said in response.
Summarizing the action of the party, she added that “the Alaska Republican Party has just told him to butt out of our state.”