(USA Features) The Alaskan GOP has opted to support a primary challenger to Sen. Lisa Murkowski ahead of next year’s midterm elections after the Republican incumbent voted to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year.
Instead, the state party apparatus threw its support behind Murkowski’s challenger, Kelly Tshibaka, who made the announcement on Saturday, Newsweek reported.
“I am grateful and thrilled to have the strong support of the Alaska Republican Party, which voted overwhelmingly to endorse my candidacy for the U.S. Senate,” she said.
“We all share a unified goal: to promote the principles upon which our country and state were founded,” Tshibaka continued.
“I have pledged that I will be true to our shared, conservative Alaska ideals and be a senator upon whom they can depend to make every decision based on what is best for our great state,” she added.
Tshibaka noted also that the GOP must move forward with a “united front, determined to defend Alaska from the continued onslaught of the radical Biden administration.”
“We need a senator who will stand with Alaskans and not cozy up to the Washington, D.C. insiders, a senator who has earned the trust of the people and strives to keep it every day,” she said.
“It is time for conservative leaders, with courage and common sense, to rise together across the nation. I am honored to be endorsed as that candidate for Alaska.”
Tshibaka spoke out against Murkowski earlier this year when she decided to challenge Murkowski in the primary.
“She’s been voting with them, hurting our way of life, and she’s not standing up to the radical Biden administration while they kill our oil and gas jobs,” she said in April.
“She’s voted to allow illegal immigrants to come into our country. Even if they commit crime, they can stay here,” Tshibaka noted further.
“She was the deciding vote to keep Obamacare and that means higher health care costs and fewer healthcare choices for us in Alaska,” she added, going on to say that they have “some of the highest health care costs in the country.”
Trump endorsed Tshibaka in June, saying she “is the candidate who can beat Murkowski — and she will. Kelly is a fighter who stands for Alaska values and America First.”
He also called Tshibaka “pro-energy” as well as “strong on the Border, tough on Crime and totally supports our Military and our great Vets.”