Senate Lisa Murkowksi has been a thorn in the side of the pro-life movement for years. The U.S. senator from Alaska is one of just two pro-abortion Republicans in the Senate and he consistently votes with abortion activists against legislation to protect babies from abortion.
Ironically, she hails from a reliably Republican red state and, though she has survived challenges in the past, another conservative Republican is planning to run against her in the GOP primary in 2022 to return the seat back to conservatives.
The state’s commissioner of administration, Kelly Tshibaka says she will run against Murkowsi.
“We know what Washington D.C. thinks about Alaska: We’re here for their benefit, and we won’t put up much of a fight. After nearly 20 years in D.C., Lisa Murkowski thinks the same way,” Tshibaka said in an announcement video published Monday declaring her candidacy.
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“Lisa wasn’t originally elected to the Senate. She didn’t have to fight for it, her dad gave her the seat he was elected to,” Tshibaka said.
Tshibaka also chastised Murkowski for “voting against common-sense judges” — referring to her opposition to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
The challenge comes two weeks after the Alaska Republican Party voted to censure Murkowski and pledge support for a primary opponent. While the censure came in part by Murkowski’s vote in favor of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment, the party cited Murkowski’s long history of decisions on consequential issues that fly in the face of conservative and Alaskan interests, from abortion to transgender sports.
“There’s a number of issues that the party has had with Sen. Murkowski for the last several years, which really culminated in the conviction vote of former President Trump,” Kris Warren, who wrote the resolution and runs a local GOP group in Anchorage, told The Hill earlier this month.
The resolution condemned Murkowski’s votes to oppose restrictions on abortion, preserve the Affordable Care Act, and confirm President Joe Biden’s radical pick to lead the Department of Interior, New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland. The state party also castigated their home senator for her decision to vote “present” in the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Tshibaka took aim at several of the decisions in her opening ad while branding the Republican incumbent as the beneficiary of a political dynasty where her father, who served as governor, appointed Murkowski to serve in the seat he held since 1981. Murkowski was appointed to the upper chamber in 2002.
Tshibaka resigned her role as Alaska commissioner on administration Monday to pursue Murkowski’s Senate seat.