One year ago today, the Alaska Republican Party censured Sen. Lisa Murkowski, separating itself from her and formally stating that the party no longer considers her a Republican. The censure resolution listed a variety of Murkowski’s positions and votes as reasons for the historic rebuke:
Her tie-breaking vote to advance the nomination of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland despite Haaland’s clear and obvious hostility toward Alaska’s resource industries.
Her opposition to the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Her consistent opposition to placing any restrictions on abortion.
Her vote against repealing Obamacare despite campaigning in support of its repeal.
Her vote as the only Republican senator against protecting girls’ sports from participation by biological males.
Her repeated opposition to President Donald Trump despite the benefits to Alaskans from his policies.
Her demand that President Trump resign and her vote to remove him from office after he was already gone.
Alaska Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka today issued the following statement:
“On this one-year anniversary of the Alaska GOP’s censure of Lisa Murkowski, it’s important to remember why the party took that extraordinary step. It wasn’t simply one vote she cast or one statement she made, it was a years-long pattern of consistently contradicting Alaska values and the things that Alaskans support. Murkowski has repeatedly sided with her friends in the Washington, D.C. elite against the interests of Alaskans. That’s why a look at the record proves that in the 2022 Alaska Senate race, there are effectively two Democrats: Murkowski and Democratic State Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson.
“When I’m the next senator from Alaska, there will be no mistaking that I will fight for the interests of the people of Alaska. I won’t vote to put radical environmentalists in charge of Alaska’s energy economy, support President Biden’s disastrous agenda, or align myself with leftist ‘friends’ in Washington, D.C. I will be a senator who represents Alaskans, and we won’t be bullied, silenced, or controlled by D.C. insiders.”