Former President Donald Trump agreed to endorse Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on one condition — and the incumbent GOP leader has accepted.
Trump said last week he would endorse Dunleavy on the condition that the governor does not back Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) for her reelection bid this year.
Murkowski was one of seven Republican senators who voted to impeach Trump earlier this year following the Jan. 6 riot.
“Please tell the President thank you for the endorsement,” Dunleavy noted. “With regard to the other issue, please tell the President he has nothing to worry about. I appreciate all 45 has done for Alaska and this great country.”
Trump responded, “This is why Mike Dunleavy of Alaska has been, and will be, a great Governor. He has the courage of his convictions.
“Lisa Murkowski is the ‘disaster from Alaska’ who single-handedly blew ANWR, one of the largest energy sites in the world, and an incredible economic opportunity for the Great State of Alaska!” Trump added.
After Murkowski’s vote, the Alaska Republican Party censured her and decided to back a primary challenger, Kelly Tshibaka, whom Trump has also endorsed.
“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 in July.
“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.
Tshibaka spoke out against Murkowski earlier this in the 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.