Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said on Friday that former President Donald Trump’s ultimatum to Alaska Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy – that he would only support Dunleavy for re-election if he agreed not to support Murkowski – was “strange” and not has nothing to do with her election plans.
“I really thought the conditional approval was actually very strange,” Murkowski. said in an interview with The Alaska Landmine, a local political news site. – I’ve never heard of that.
The Senator from Alaska said that it is ultimately Dunleavy’s prerogative to support whoever he wants, just as it is her prerogative to support whoever she wants.
“I think the difference is that my approval is not for sale,” Murkowski said. “It just isn’t true.”
Dunleavy said last month that he accepted Trump’s conditional approval.
Trump wants to oust Murkowski as punishment for being one of seven Republican senators – and the only candidate for re-election in 2022 – who joined the Democrats in the vote to convict Trump for inciting an uprising in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. …
The twice-impeached former president supports Murkowski’s opponent Kelly Chibaku, former Commissioner of the Alaska Administration Department under Dunleavy. Chibaka is a frequent guest on the podcast of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, where she said: she would vote to cancel presidential elections in 2020.
During Friday’s interview, Murkowski laughed with the host at an egregious typo in Trump’s statement announcing their preliminary support for Dunleavy. Trump has named the abbreviation for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge “ANWAR” rather than “ANWR.”
“He has my complete and absolute approval,” Trump said in an email by the former president’s political action committee, “but that approval depends on his disapproval of Senator Lisa Murkowski, who treated Alaska very badly, including losing to ANWAR. arguably the most important drilling site in the world, and more. “
“Have you seen the press release? They wrote ANWR, AN WAR, ”host Jeff Landfield asked.
“Like Anwar Sadat,” Murkowski laughed, referring to the former president of Egypt. “Whatever.”
“Very appropriate,” Landfield said.
“It is,” Murkowski said.
In a sign that Trump continues to control the GOP, the Alaska Republican Central Committee backed Chibaku following a vote to impeach Murkowski. Murkowski also came under condemnation by the Alaska GOP in March for her vote to convict Trump.
But the National Republican Senatorial Committee supports Murkowski, as does the Senate Leadership Foundation, a group affiliated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (RR from Kentucky).
Murkowski, who has served in the Senate since 2002, has had difficult re-elections in the past. In 2010, against all odds and without the support of the Republican Party, she won re-election as a written candidate… She was the first Senate candidate to succeed since Strom Thurmond of South Carolina in 1954.
She announced her last run for re-election in November.