At the annual salad lunch of the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club, a powerhouse subset of the Alaska Republican Party, a unanimously supported resolution was announced saying the club is requesting the party’s State Central Committee endorse Kelly Tshibaka for U.S. Senate.
Tshibaka was the keynote speaker at the luncheon, which included attendees Mayor-elect Dave Bronson former Lt. Gov. Loren Leman, former Rep. Alyce Hanley, former State Senate President Drue Pearce, Rep. David Nelson, Rep. Tom McKay, former Rep. Sharon Jackson, and Eagle River Assemblywoman Jamie Allard.
Club President Judy Eledge read the resolution, which stated that the Alaska Republican Party had censured Sen. Murkowski, had vowed to find someone else to run as a Republican, and had asked Murkowski to not run as a Republican. The resolution also said that the club had fully vetted Tshibaka in accordance with party rules.
“We endorsed her,” said Eledge, explaining the resolution.
This is the second Republican women’s club in the state to endorse Tshibaka. The Republican Women of the Kenai passed a similar resolution several weeks ago.
The State Central Committee meets on July 10 in Fairbanks, where the matter is likely to be on the agenda. At the last meeting in March, 70 percent of the party voted against Murkowski and in favor of finding a new Republican candidate for Senate. Two weeks later, Tshibaka threw her name in the ring.