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Republicans, the game is being played on your dollar


In mid-March, the Alaska Republican Party State Central Committee voted, by a 77% majority, to find that its U.S. Senate incumbent, Lisa Murkowski, had engaged in actions detrimental to the Alaska Republicans or to Republican values and goals.  This vote resulted in the ARP:

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1) withholding Republican Party support, including financial, from Senator Murkowski; and,

2) the Alaska Republican Party will recruit a Republican Primary Challenger to oppose Senator Murkowski; and, 

3) prohibit Senator Murkowski from being a candidate in any Republican primary or participating in any ARP meeting, conventions, or activities.

This action is allowed under Article 1(4)(f)(4) of the Alaska Republican Party rules (see below).

Rule No. 11 (see below) of the Republican National Party (RNP) Rules states the Republican National Committee will not, without local state party approval, contribute any support except the nominee of the local state party.

Yet, with the typical snake oil chicanery of DC politics, the Senate Leadership Fund Super PAC, Senator Mitch McConnell’s political action committee, has endorsed Senator Murkowski.

Does anyone in the ARP and NRP leadership see the problem with this?

Should the ARP leadership and its constituency send a clear message to DC condemning McConnell’s PAC and the snake oil vendors in the Republican swamp that Sen. Murkowski is not supported by her state party and therefore must not be supported nationally? 

Consider the March 13 ARP conviction of Senator Murkowski, should all National Republican Party associates, including Senator Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund Super PAC and, most importantly, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, consider going against our ARP’s decision in a midterm election which is “do or die” for the Republican Party?

The U.S. Senate is the single most exclusive club in the world.  It only allows 100 members, yet for the most part, its membership longevity is for life with as many perks as Saudi royalty.

They can argue the semantics of election process, but the point is clear and clean, Lisa Murkowski is not supported by the Alaska Republican Party.

Shouldn’t this be honored by all Republican party leadership? 

Article 1(4)(f)(4) If the SCC finds that a Republican incumbent had engaged in actions detrimental to the Alaska Republicans or to Republican values and goals, such as forming a coalition in which Democrats hold the majority when a Republican majority has been elected, the SCC by 60% vote may: (i) withhold Republican Party support, including financial, from that incumbent. (ii) recruit a Republican Primary Challenger to oppose that Republican incumbent and (iii) prohibit the incumbent from being a candidate in any Republican primary or participating in any ARP meetings, conventions or activities.

RULE NO. 11 Candidate Support (a) The Republican National Committee shall not, without the prior written and filed approval of all members of the Republican National Committee from the state involved, contribute money or in-kind aid to any candidate for any public or party office of that state, except the nominee of the Republican Party or a candidate who is unopposed in the Republican primary after the filing deadline for that office. In those states where state law establishes a non-partisan primary in which Republican candidates could participate, but in which the general election may not include a Republican candidate, the candidate endorsed by a convention held under the authority of the state Republican Party shall be recognized by the Republican National Committee as the Republican nominee. 

Michael Tavoliero is a realtor at Core Real Estate Group in Eagle River, is active in the Alaska Republican Party and chairs Eaglexit.

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  1. The Party took some very decisive actions in response to years of our Senior Senator poking her thumb in the eye of the vast majority of Alaskans. She has proven over and over that her word is not to be taken seriously and she will respond to the goals of the swamp and her personal desires at any given moment….I am surprised to see her now again stick her thumb in the eye of Alaska’s Republican Party and its rules thinking she can pit a National Pac with millions of dollars against us lowly Alaskans but she is again not thinking clearly…That Super Pac does not vote, it only tries to buy votes, and the voters of Alaska are not going to be foresale this go round, She is not running against Joe Miller this time, she is running against us all and will lose that race….

  2. Is Mitch McConnell’s PAC an organ of the Republican Party or somehow separate? But Michael makes an excellent point.

  3. If local Republicans can’t figure things out for themselves, take the advice of a sainted Democrat, Tip O’Neill. His advice: “All politics is local.” Send zip to those national organizations. Getting screwed by politicians begins at the local level. So save your bucks for local stuff. Those national folks have long since figured out how to rip off to fill their coffers.

  4. You have to wonder what is wrong with Alaska Republican Party leadership but that could also go for many other State’s Republican Parties.

    Alaska needs all the political help it can get and the Alaska GOP thinks it is a good idea to punish the only person that has even the slightest chance of working with the new admin.

    The Republicans and whine and jump up and down but maga is gone and not coming back. There is a new reality in DC and Lisa is the best chance of working across the aisle to get something done.

    Biden is going to remember that Lisa believed in her oath to the Constitution and did not support the rest of the GOP who were willing to over throw the government because their candidate lost.

    But it does not surprise me how badly Murkowski was treated by the Alaskan Republican Party as Republicans have no respect for the US Constitution and no honor.

  5. Thanks Michael – you explained it well. While I had and still have mixed feelings about censure, it’s DONE. I would have liked for Lisa to have been able to have a chance to defend herself (she’s without excuse…). Mitch and his PAC should respect what the State Party has done. Lisa is not welcome to run with Republican,Party support and his PAC only supports Republicans. The AKGOP should be contacting McConnell’s PAC to make sure they understand what is going on and to demand that he cease and desist efforts to prop her up.

  6. “Should the ARP leadership and its constituency send a clear message to DC condemning McConnell’s PAC and the snake oil vendors in the Republican swamp that Sen. Murkowski is not supported by her state party and therefore must not be supported nationally?”

    The reply is a resounding YES! 77% is a very clear majority.

    Senator Sullivan has obviously also not seen the memo on this. He risks the same censure actions if he continues down this “you scratched my back, so I will scratch yours” path.

    Alaskans are growing very weary of electees over-riding their voices in the name of “yeah, I hear you, but I know better than you, this is how Washington works.”


  7. Harbor guy is obviously a swamp supporter and naive. Biden can’t remember where he is without checking his notes. He could care less what Murkowski voted on, as is evident by his anti development, anti oil, Interior Department Secretary .

    It is not the Republicans that have no respect for the Constitution as is evidenced by the chicanery from the puppet living in the White House, who along with their family is an embarrassment and danger to our country.

    Making America Great Again is not gone, now matter how many times liberals wish it to be so.

    Mike your article, as always, is spot on and points out Lisa’s membership in the swamp. Unfortunately the elites that she has become a member of could care less what her constituents want. McConnell is a swamp creature and his support for dad’s girl is inappropriate and out of line..

  8. Why would any democrat/socialist not like Murkowski, and not write BS flatterings about her. That’s all a person needs to know about Murkowski, if the democrats are supporting you it’s a tell tale sign of what you are.
    Harborguy is on the troll payroll.

  9. The “Lisa problem” started when her dad appointed her in 2002. The entire Murkowski family is the problem. We do not recognize royal blood in Alaska. Frank and Nancy should tell their daughter to resign her office and allow a Conservative Republican to run.

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