On Saturday, the leader of the Alaska Republican Party supported Kelly Tshibaka in a game against Senator Lisa Murskowski of Alaska and supported an outside candidate who encouraged the former president people Donald TrumpBaseless allegations of election fraud.
The Alaska Republican Party Central Committee approved Tshibaka’s support 58-17 votes.
In a statement Weekly newspaperChibaka said that she was “determined to defend Alaska from continued attacks by the radical Biden administration.”
“We need a senator who stands with the Alaskans rather than to please the insiders of Washington, D.C., a senator who wins the trust of the people and works hard to maintain it every day,” she wrote. “Now is the time for conservative leaders to unite across the country with courage and common sense. I am honored to be recognized as a candidate for Alaska.”
The move was made after former President Donald Trump supported Zibaka last month, after he vowed to remove the voting senator Democratic Party Convicted in his impeachment trial.
In March, the Alaska Republican Party condemned Murkowski for criticizing Trump and supporting De Harland As the Minister of the Interior. At that time, the state urged the current senator not to list him as a Republican candidate in the 2022 general election.
However, the National Republican Senate Committee has supported Murkowski, the moderate senator who has represented Alaska since 2002.
Tshibaka’s support underscores the deteriorating intra-party struggle between the Trump faction and the establishment faction seeking to end his control of the party. “Lisa Murkowski is bad for Alaska,” Trump said in a statement last month. “Murkovsky has to go!”
Murkowski is the only Republican senator among the seven who voted that Trump faces re-election next year.
“After hearing the trial last week, I concluded that President Trump’s actions were impeachable crimes and his actions amounted to sedition under the terms of impeachment,” she said in her statement announcing her. vote.
The senator’s spokesperson noted on Saturday that she has not officially launched the 2022 campaign.
Tshibaka recently resigned as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration to run for SenateShe aligns with Trump and promotes his false theory of voter fraud in 2020 in order to gain his loyal basis. Her campaign also hired Trump’s former campaign spokesperson, Tim Murtaugh, and his advisers, Bill Stepien and Justin Clark.
Weekly newspaper Contact the Alaska Republican Party and Murkowski for comments. This story will be updated with any response.