On Monday, Republican officials in Alaska voted to censure Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for allegedly making unfavorable and “misleading” statements about their endorsed candidate for Senate.
McConnell reportedly further angered Republican Alaskan officials by endorsing Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) rather than their preferred candidate, Kelly Tshibaka.
In referring to McConnell’s discretionary fund that has been used to support Murkowski over Tshibaka, the Alaska GOP’s resolution said:
“Much of the financial support from the Senate Leadership Fund has been used for malicious political attack ads targeted at our endorsed candidate, Kelly Tshibaka, that are gross distortions of fact. We request the Senate Leadership Fund immediately stop the attack ads against Kelly Tshibaka and discontinue the support of all other opposing candidates.”
The Epoch Times reports that the resolution passed 49–8, and that McConnell’s “fund has spent $5 million targeting Tshibaka with attack ads in a bid to help Murkowski.”
Former President Donald Trump and the Alaska Republican Party strongly support Tshibaka’s efforts to unseat Murkowski, who voted to impeach Trump in 2020.
Murkowski’s vote to impeach Trump led to her being censured by the Alaska GOP; although through that action she gained the support and friendship of McConnell, she also became an enemy of the former president.
Murkowski also angered Republicans when she recently publicly endorsed Rep. Mary Peltola (D-AL) who is running against former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) for a seat in the House.
Murkowski told reporters on Friday: “Mary is a woman whose heart is as grounded in Alaska as anybody you’re going to find.”
Tshibaka accused McConnell of making fabricated claims against her, saying on Monday:
“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. And the Alaska Republican Party has just told him to butt out of our state.”
Tshibaka added: “Murkowski cares more about her standing in D.C. social circles than she does about the people in Alaska she’s supposed to represent.”
The Epoch Times noted, “Alaska’s November 2022 election has a ranked-choice process in which a candidate needs over 50 percent of the vote to win.”
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