Two days ago Al Gross told the Huffington Post that he would not have run against Sen. Lisa Murkowski, if her term was up, because she “stands up for Alaska.”
Today, Murkowski stood up for Alaska and said Al Gross’ “dishonest attacks” on Sen. Dan Sullivan are “just flat-out wrong.”
Sullivan is a great senator, Murkowski said, in a short video ad designed to reach middle-of-the-road voters.
Murkowski has thrown a sharp jab at Gross, who is running for the Democrats against Sen. Dan Sullivan. Outside super PACs are spending millions of dollars attacking Sullivan and lying about his record. Those lies, if left unanswered, could damage Sullivan’s reputation with voters.
Gross presents himself as a moderate. But Murkowski is aware that he would caucus with the Democrats and would put Sen. Chuck Schumer in as Senate majority leader, something that would be devastating for Alaska.
Staunch conservatives may not like the Murkowski endorsement, but it’s not aimed at them. It’s aimed at her supporters. More than 138,000 voters cast their ballot for her in 2016, and every one of those voters is a possible voter for Sullivan in 2020.
In 2018, Murkowski endorsed Republican Mike Dunleavy for governor of Alaska.