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Exclusive: Republican Senate candidate Kelly Tschibaka was the Sen. of Alaska’s reelection announcement last week. Lisa says she was well prepared for Murkowski.
Tshibaka, who enjoys the support and support of former President Trump when challenging Murkowski, said in an exclusive interview with LBL that the longtime senator has been “campaigning for months. He’s not honest about it. I’m glad he’s finally calling.” She’s clear in saying what that is and she’s really running for the Senate. “
The administration’s former Alaska commissioner stressed, “We expected Murkowski to run away because he was fully committed to maintaining Murkowski’s political dynasty. I don’t think this is for our race or how Alaskans feel.”
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That dynasty, as Tshibaka points out, began with longtime Senator Frank Murkowski, who won the 2002 election in Alaska as governor of Alaska after two decades in the Senate. The elder Murkowski – in controversial mode at the time – hired his daughter Lisa, who was serving as the leader of the Alaska House of Representatives majority, to fill the final two years of his Senate term.
“Alaskans are ready for a change,” Tshibaka stressed.
Murkowski, a moderate Republican with a history of working across the aisle to achieve bipartisan agreements, was one of seven GOP lawmakers in the Senate who voted to declare the former president guilty in the indictment hearing in February. US Capital. And she is one of only seven to run for reelection in the interim next year.
Trump vowed to come to Alaska to campaign against the senator. Earlier this year, he endorsed Tshibaka, and a couple key members of Trump’s 2020 presidential reelection in-house are working as senior advisers on Tshibaka’s team.
In February, Shibaka went to the former President’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where he will be appearing at a fundraiser for Trump’s campaign.
Murkowski called for Trump to resign after the deadly coup in the US Capitol on Jan. 6, and this is not the first time he has provoked anger as he voted to convict Trump on charges of inciting attacks. The senator voted against the Republican-backed plan in 2017 to repeal a national health care law known as Obamacare, and a year later he opposed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh’s confirmation that he was nominated by Trump.
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“Trump has said he is fully committed to helping us come to Alaska next year and do a campaign rally for us,” Shibaka told LBL.
The candidate likes to refer to Murkowski as President Biden’s “chief activist.” Tshibaka accused the senator of “continuing to set himself up and enable and support the radical Biden administration.”
His campaign marks Murkowski’s decisive Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee vote earlier this year to confirm Biden’s nomination for Secretary of the Interior, then-Representative. Deb Holland of New Mexico. Murkowski’s support helped make Holland history as the first Native American to serve as Holland’s secretary of state, but the nominee’s previous opposition to a new contract to drill oil and gas on federal land was very troubling in a carbon-rich state like Alaska.
“Hollande is leading the charge on the agenda of the anti-Alaska environment,” says Tshibaka’s campaign.
The candidate took aim at a wide-ranging $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure package signed into law by the president Monday. The measure – the largest investment in infrastructure in America in decades – garnered bipartisan support in the Senate in August and the House earlier this month. Murkowski and two other members of the Alaska All-GOP Congress delegation voted in favor of the bill.
Shibaka made it clear that he would not have voted for the move if he had been in Congress.
“I didn’t see any infrastructure bill. I saw the Green New Deal,” he said. In Alaska, we need infrastructure. It’s a green new contract. We don’t want to support bills that punish workers, punish our businesses, punish our families, punish our residents. “
And Tshibaka emphasized, “I have spoken here with many businesses that expect them to be closed by the middle of the decade because of this bill and they have to move out of Alaska.”
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Murkowski, lead author and negotiator of the bill, attended Monday’s signing ceremony at the White House. Her Senate office said the move would provide “nearly $ 3.5 billion in highway funding for Alaska in five years, to build, rebuild and maintain its roads and highways, and” $ 40 billion for bridge construction, maintenance and repair. ” The Senator’s Office suggested funding for Alaska’s airports, buses and ferries, ports, railroads, water and wastewater projects, and broadband.
Murkowski called the package “a historic infrastructure bill that will give huge benefits to our state.”
While targeted by Trump, Murkowski has the backing of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a Senate GOP reelection unit that has long supported Republican bureaucrats vying for reelection. And longtime Senate GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and his political team have pledged to support Murkowski while running for reelection. The McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund, the super PAC backing Senate Republican outside Republicans, endorsed Murkowski earlier this year.
Ten months removed from the White House, Trump has become increasingly popular and influential with Republican voters and politicians as he continues to play the role of Kingmaker in the GOP primaries and repeatedly flirts with another White House race in 2024. Challenging the re-election of the senator.
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But this is not the first time Murkowski is facing a challenging reelection.
The senator lost the GOP primary to Tea Party-backed challenger Joe Miller in the 2010 re-election. Murkowski then launched a writing campaign and successfully won the general election. He topped Miller again in 2016 in a three-way competition. But in all three of his successful Senate elections and reelection (2004, 2010 and 2016), he has never captured a majority of votes.
Murkowski has been fundraising all year, even though he did not announce a reelection until last week. In the third quarter of the fund-raising July-September, they carried about $ 1.1 million in cash, with approximately $ 3.2 million in cash. Tshibaka brought in $ 465,000 in the third quarter, about $ 300,000 in his campaign coffers.
But “I raise four to five times as much money as Lisa Murkowski in the State of Alaska,” Tshibaka argued, and promised “we have enough money to beat Lisa Murkowski.”
He noted that “many Alaskans are funding and supporting my campaign.”
The 2022 Senate Showdown in Alaska will have some new rules. Alaskans, in a measure of voting last year, changed how they conduct their elections. The scraped party primaries and the top four voters in the non-party primaries advance to the general election, where ranked-choice voting is used to determine the winner.
If pundits speculate that a strong name could help Murkowski, Tshibaka’s campaign is theorized that Tibbaca’s campaign will come third in November next, after Tshibaka and finally the Democratic candidate. It removes Murkowski from the rank-and-file list, and Tshibaka’s campaign predicts that its candidate will outperform the Democrats in the final count.