The Oil and Gas Workers Association announced Wednesday that it is endorsing Kelly Tshibaka for U.S. Senate. The association, based in Texas, represents more than 45,000 oil and gas workers across 33 states, including Alaska.
Matt Coday, president of the OGWA, released the following statement:
“Now more than ever, America’s oil and gas workers need elected representatives who will not waver in protecting and promoting our vital industry and jobs. Kelly Tshibaka is the champion who will put Alaskans — and all American workers and families first. She will fight for our energy jobs, and will oppose anyone who threatens them.
“Incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, in contrast, has kowtowed to the Biden administration. She cast the tie-breaking vote to advance Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to final confirmation, even though she knew that Haaland would be hostile to the oil and gas industry, and therefore, Alaska. Murkowski has also cast far too many votes to confirm radical environmentalist federal judges, who are just as harmful to workers. We once thought Murkowski would fight for our jobs, but her voting record proves that she bows to anti-energy activists.
“Put Kelly Tshibaka first because she put working families first. Put Lisa Murkowski last because she put our people last,” Coday said.
The endorsement follows a big Tshibaka endorsement last month from the Alaska Outdoor Council, an organization that is well-known for supporting candidates who win. She is also endorsed by former President Donald Trump and the Alaska Republican Party.