Alaska politician Kelly Tshibaka, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, launched a Senate bid Monday to problem Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one of the vital weak Republicans searching for re-election this 12 months.
Tshibaka will seem on the August main poll as a challenger to Murkowski, who has served within the Senate for almost twenty years. In an announcement Monday, she blasted the incumbent for her voting report.
“Every time she votes with her Washington, D.C. friends against the interests of Alaskans, she harms the people of this state, but she doesn’t feel it,” Tshibaka stated of Murkowski in an announcement Monday. “We, the people, pay the price for her popularity.”
Tshibaka, who has questioned the 2020 presidential election outcomes and cited what she stated had been credible allegations of voter fraud, led Alaska’s Division of Administration from early 2019 till final 12 months.
Murkowski has been a Trump goal ever since she voted to convict him in his second impeachment trial and referred to as for his resignation after the Jan. 6 riot. The previous president has additionally endorsed Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on the situation that he not assist Murkowski’s re-election bid.
On Monday, Tshibaka took intention at Murkowski for voting to affirm Inside Secretary Deb Haaland and criticized the senator for additionally confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson — describing her as a “leftist judge”— to the Supreme Courtroom. Murkowski was one in all solely three Republicans to again Jackson.
In her personal marketing campaign video asserting a re-election bid, Murkowski stated she was dedicated to bipartisanship.
“My commitment to Alaska is the same one I made during my first campaign,” she stated. “I will work with anyone from either party to advance Alaska’s priorities.”