In a growing movement among Alaska Republicans, two more Alaska Republican Party affiliate organizations have voted to censure U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky for his libelous and incessant ads in opposition to Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka.
The District 26 Republican Committee and the Mat-Su Republican Women’s Club passed separate resolutions on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of committees of the Alaska Republican Party, including two powerful women’s clubs, that have voted to censure McConnell; this also includes four of the 40 organized Republican districts in Alaska.
Other affiliate groups of the Alaska Republican Party that have passed their own resolutions Districts 6, 9, 30, and the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club. All have standing as voting members of the Alaska Republican Party’s State Central Committee. The party chair has issued a mild statement that doesn’t mention McConnell, but says people should do their own research on Tshibaka.
More Republican officers have told Must Read Alaska they are working on similar resolutions telling McConnell, of Kentucky, to butt out of Alaska elections.
Tshibaka is the endorsed candidate of the Alaska Republican Party, which in March of 2021 had voted overwhelmingly to censure Sen. Lisa Murkowski and went so far as to ask her to leave the party.
“This just shows that Alaskans don’t like to be told what to do by Lower 48 outsiders, especially those who are spending millions of dollars in false attack ads to meddle in our elections. The Alaska Republican Party has endorsed Kelly Tshibaka over Lisa Murkowski, so Alaska Republicans are telling Mitch McConnell to butt out.” said Mary Ann Pruitt, consultant to the campaign.
“Lisa Murkowski was rejected by the Alaska Republican Party, asked not to run as a Republican. The only Republican running is Kelly Tshibaka. Mitch McConnell is breaking every rule there ever was regarding getting Republicans elected,” said former three-time Alaska Republican Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock, who is a candidate for Senate on the Kenai Peninsula.
Both the Mat-Su Republican Women’s Club and District 26 are in the Mat-Su Valley, with District 26 being the closest Valley district to Anchorage, reached via the Knik River Bridge. It is a very conservative district.
Alaska airwaves are filled with McConnell’s ads from the Senate Leadership Fund, a campaign group he controls. McConnell has endorsed Sen. Lisa Murkowski and is using Republican donations to the SLF to block an endorsed Republican.