Republican Kelly Tshibaka launches Senate campaign against Lisa Murkowski

Republican Kelly Tshibaka, a former Alaska Department of Administration commissioner, launched her Senate campaign on Monday against Sen. 丽莎·默科夫斯基, pitching the election as an outsider versus a powerful, longtime insider.

We know what Washington, DC thinks about Alaska: We’re here for their benefit; we’re not going to put up much of a fight,” said Tshibaka in 视频. “After about 20 years in DC, Lisa Murkowski thinks the same way.
默科夫斯基, a Republican moderate on issues like abortion, has beat back candidates from the right before. Her father, former Gov. Frank Murkowski, appointed her to his old Senate seat in 2002, and she won the office in 2004, 和在 2010, when she lost the GOP primary to Tea Party candidate Joe Miller but then waged a rarely successful write-in campaign. She then won reelection in 2016 通过 15 点数.
    在 2022, Murkowski may benefit from a new system, where candidates run together in a nonpartisan primary, and the top four finishers advance to the general election, in which voters rank their preferences.
      But Murkowski’s criticisms of former President Donald Trump, including her vote to convict him in the second impeachment trial for inciting the January 6 国会大厦暴动, could make her vulnerable to another conservative challenger. The senator did not vote for the former President in 2020 和 told The Hill she wrote in someone else who lost.
        本月初, Trump said that he planned to campaign against Murkowski, calling hera disloyal and very bad Senator.The Alaska Republican Party also censured her in a resolution following the impeachment vote, and said it wouldrecruita Republican challenger.
        共和党参议员. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska asks a question at a Senate hearing in September.

        In her video, Tshibaka called Murkowskiso out of touchfor votingto remove Donald Trump from office, even after he was already gone.Trump won Alaska by 10 点入 2020.
          Before joining Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration, Tshibaka worked in the offices of the inspector general for the US Postal Service, Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice. Tshibaka acknowledged she worked in Washington, DC butfought to expose waste and fraud in government,” seeking to draw a contrast with Murkowski’s extensive experience in the Capitol.
          Murkowski filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on March 9 but has been somewhat coy about her 2022 intentions. A spokeswoman for Murkowski did not respond to request for comment.
            The senator has retained the support of other top Republicans besides Trump, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who recently said he will “绝对” support Murkowski.
            阿拉斯加共和党参议员. 和沙利文 said Sunday on ABC that he’d support Murkowski too, “ifshe runs again.

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