A Politico article titled “Democrats for Murkowski” demonstrated how beloved Murkowski is by her leftist peers after having supported abortion and voted down a repeal of Obamacare, voted to impeach former President Donald Trump and been the only GOP senator to oppose the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh after he was slandered with uncorroborated rape allegations.
King gushed over Murkowski, saying, “She has the highest integrity quotient that I’ve seen,” according to Politico.
Politico further reported that, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., said of Murkowski, “She’s an overall badass. The Senate needs more leaders like Lisa, and I’m proud to support her.”
Murkowski will need every democratic endorsement she can get because she has been polling behind the Trump-backed Tshibaka in the primary.
According to a Five-Thirty-Eight poll, the RINO would need to absorb almost all of the votes for her Democratic opponent in the final round of the ranked-choice primary in order to catch the GOP challenger.
Ironically, Alaska’s new ranked-choice system was understood to benefit RINOS, especially Murkowski, who previously lost a primary re-election fight, only to run as a third-party candidate and win.
Initially, in fact, Murkowski was not chosen by the Alaskan people to begin her Senate career. Rather she was appointed to take her father’s seat for the remaining term by her father after the elder Murkowski becamse governor.
Far from warming to Murkowski, the Republican Party of Alaska censured her following her high-profile rift with Trump and asked her not to call herself a Republican.
“They can make that statement,” Murkowski responded. “But I will make the statement, again, that my obligation is to support the Constitution that I have pledged to uphold, and I will do that, even if it means that I have to oppose the direction of my state party.”
Despite being at odds with her party, Murkowski has not stopped calling herself a Republican. The Alaskan Republican Party has endorsed Kelly Tshibaka.
Even before Tshibaka’s formal entry into the race, Trump vowed to support any viable Republican challenger.
“I will not be endorsing, under any circumstances, the failed candidate from the great State of Alaska, Lisa Murkowski,” he said in March 2021, following Democrats’ second impeachment attempt. “She represents her state badly and her country even worse.”