Sen. Lisa Murkowski — one of just five Republicans in the Senate who voted to impeach Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack — announced Friday that she will run for re-election next year, and go up against a GOP challenger who’s been endorsed by the former president.
In her announcement, Murkowski gave a passing reference to the primary fight she faces next year to keep her seat in the upper chamber.
“In this election, lower 48 outsiders are going to try to grab Alaska’s Senate seat for their partisan agendas,” Murkowski said in a campaign video. “They don’t understand our state and frankly, they couldn’t care less about your future.”
“I will work with anyone from either party to advance Alaska’s priorities and I will always stand up to any politician or special interest that threatens our way of life,” Murkowski added.
Trump has endorsed GOP challenger Kelly Tshibaka for Murkowski’s seat. Earlier this year, Tshibaka resigned as Alaska’s Commissioner of Administration to run, and Trump held a fundraiser and promised to campaign for her in Alaska.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is seen in the Senate subway after the first day of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on February 9. File Photo By Tom Williams/UPI
Murkowski, who’s been in the Senate since 2002, voted in January to impeach Trump for inciting the Capitol attack, along with all Democrats and independents and Republican Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
In July, the Alaska Republican State Central Committee formally endorsed Tshibaka over Murkowski’s impeachment vote.
Alaska’s senior senator is the daughter of Frank Murkowski, a former Alaska governor and U.S. senator.
“My heart is, and always has been, in Alaska, and that’s why I am proud to announce my campaign for re-election to the US Senate in 2022,” Murkowski said in her announcement Friday.
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May you go down in defeat—big time.
Let’s hope the folks up there in alaska, are WISE ENOUGH to do just that.
‘Republicans’ like Murkowski made it possible for someone inept like Joe Biden to become, I didn’t say elected, President. They put their personal dislikes ahead of party unity and goals. She is as much responsoble for today’s political disaster as the demicrats and the administration.
Because rinos like here are every bit as liberal AS democrats are.
Come on Alaskan republicans. Primary this worthless toad out of the senate.
I’m from Michigan and I’ll be giving Tshibaka my support and donations. At this point… I’d support Charles Manson before I give this chunk of excrement from the cesspool/swamp of washington Sodom & Gomorrha…. and he’s dead!
This is RINOs vs Republicans who want to save the Republic from the Dem swamp. What is Alaska full of? Murkowski seems to think her chances are good because otherwise she’d slink away like the traitor-found-out that she is. Alaskans, please note she’s not out for Biden’s blood is she, even though he’s wrecked the US economy that Trump built up.
Just another rat trying to not get caught in the trap. Pretty sure Alaskans have a bad taste now for someone who voted to impeach the greatest President to ever be elected ( 2016 & 2020). And now their monthly pipeline checks have been stopped along with the pipeline jobs, all thanks to bozo joe and his misguided handlers and supporters.
She has been standing way to close to Pelosi, Pelosi is rubbing off on her. Both need to retire.
PITY there is no FORCED retirement, once someone passes X age..