(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump responded to reports Wednesday that Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski may not run for reelection next year with glee after previously vowing to help a primary candidate topple her after she voted to impeach him in January.
“Great news for the Republican Party! Senator Lisa Murkowski said she is ‘still weighing whether she will run again’ for the Senate in Alaska. In other words, there is a chance that she won’t run! Wouldn’t that be great?” Trump said in a statement released by his Save America political action committee.
He also took a swipe at Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, who also voted to impeach him a second time following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“And so many people are looking to run against Crazy Liz Cheney—but we only want one. She is so far down in Wyoming polls that the only way she can win is numerous candidates running against her and splitting the vote. Hopefully, that won’t happen. I’ll make an Endorsement soon!” the former president said.
Earlier Wednesday, Murkowski, who is reportedly behind in the polls, said she had yet to make up her mind about seeking reelection.
“I have been doing everything that a good incumbent does in terms of preserving my options, visiting with Alaskans, spending a lot of time, as much time on the ground as I can, and raising money,” Murkowski said, according to Roll Call.
She did file a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission early last month.
Two other Republicans have announced bids to challenge Murkowski: Kelly Tshibaka, the former commissioner of the state’s Department of Administration; and Bob Lochner, a mechanic who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2016.
Tshibaka has already hired a campaign team composed of several Trump campaign veterans including Bill Stepien, Justin Clark, Nick Trainer, and Tim Murtaugh.