Former President Trump Throws Support Behind Alaska Gov. Dunleavy, But There’s One Condition
Former President Donald Trump seems to be dead set on defeating Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, so much so that he’s got his eye on the state’s gubernatorial race.
On Tuesday, the former president gave his endorsement to Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who is currently running for reelection. However, there’s one condition for receiving this endorsement. He’s not to back Murkowski.
“Alaska needs Mike Dunleavy as Governor now more than ever,” Trump went on to say in a statement. “He has my Complete and Total Endorsement but, this endorsement is subject to his non-endorsement of Senator Lisa Murkowski who has been very bad for Alaska.
“In other words, if Mike endorses her, which is his prerogative, my endorsement of him is null and void, and of no further force or effect!” He added.
Murkowski was 1 of 7 Republican senators who voted to convict Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. The former president has vowed political revenge on those Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach or convict him.
Murkowski is the only senator in the group seeking reelection in next year’s midterms.
Trump has endorsed one of Murkowski’s primary opponents, former Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka.
”Kelly Tshibaka is the candidate who can beat Murkowski — and she will. Kelly is a fighter who stands for Alaska values and America first,” the former president said back in June.
“She is MAGA all the way: pro-energy, strong on the border, tough on crime and totally supports our military and our great vets. Kelly is a powerful supporter of the second amendment and jobs! I look forward to campaigning in Alaska for Kelly Tshibaka. She has my complete and total endorsement!” Trump said.
Maggie’s List, which is supposedly a conservative political action committee dedicated to increasing the number of like-minded women who are serving in Congress, announced Wednesday they would be endorsing Tshibaka over Murkowski.
”I am extremely proud to be endorsed by Maggie’s List,” Tshibaka said in a tweet. ”The first time the group has endorsed a challenger to a female Republican incumbent. It’s time to show the next generation of strong, conservative women that they too can achieve leadership roles.”
This is proof that despite not being in the Oval Office, Trump still has tremendous pull and sway over the Republican Party and how it will move forward in coming years.