Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Alaskan Kelly Tshibaka for Senate, in her 2022 race against Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
“Kelly Tshibaka is the candidate who can beat Murkowski — and she will. Kelly is a fighter who stands for Alaska values and America First. She is MAGA all the way, pro-energy, strong on the Border, tough on Crime and totally supports our Military and 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 wrote in a statement.
The announcement was made today. Trump, who received poor treatment at the hands of Sen. Lisa Murkowski during his four years in office, has made no secret that he would not only oppose Murkowski, who has held the seat since 2002, but that he will come to Alaska to campaign against her. Until now, he did not say who he would campaign for, however.
“I am honored, excited, and grateful to have the support of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. To have his strong endorsement is great news for our campaign and even better news for the people of Alaska, because it means we will be getting our Senate seat back from Lisa Murkowski,” Tshibaka said in a statement.
“President Trump won Alaska by double digits twice because his leadership and policies made him the best president our state has ever known. He knows our Alaska values, knows that we must be free to tap into our vast natural resources, and knows that we ought to be able to chart our own course without constant, authoritarian interference from Washington, D.C.,” she said.
“Lisa Murkowski’s career is in its twilight now, and it’s because of her own record. She inherited her position from her father and since has become a senator for the D.C. insiders, rather than the people she’s supposed to represent. She opposed President Trump in both 2016 and 2020, proving definitively that she has no idea what Alaskans need or want. President Trump recognizes this, and an overwhelming majority of Alaskans do as well. I thank President Trump for his confidence in our campaign and look forward to victory next November with him on our team,” Tshibaka said.
Tshibaka, a mother of five children, was raised in Alaska, left for college and to start her career, and returned to serve in the Dunleavy Administration. She announced her intention to run against Murkowski at the end of March.
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