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Tshibaka visits Aleutians, pledges to fight for King Cove Road 

November 1, 2021

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Tshibaka meets with King Cove Police Chief Robert Gould, K-9 officer Brad Schneider, and Fire Chief Chris Babcock.

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Tshibaka speaks with King Cove Mayor Warren Wilson at the airport.

On a multi-day trip to the Aleutians, Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka pledged to fight for the life-saving King Cove Road, a project that will link communities to an airport opening up access to important medical services. Tshibaka made the promise in events with groups of citizens in King Cove and Cold Bay last week, visits which are rarities for candidates for statewide office.

“When I’m senator, I will represent all Alaskans, and that especially means people whose voice hasn't been heard by the people elected to represent them. And the King Cove Road is an important lifeline that people here have needed for decades,” Tshibaka said. “Traveling to the Aleutians is a clear message that I will always remember all Alaskans. When I was younger, Alaskans looked out for me and provided opportunities in life, and I want to return the favor and fight for them in the U.S. Senate. I will be a voice for forgotten Alaskans.”

Tshibaka said the long-discussed road connecting King Cove to the all-weather airport in Cold Bay is crucial to saving lives, because it will give residents access to emergency medical services unreachable by land transportation. Under former President Donald Trump, the Interior Department began the process for a land swap to create a corridor through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge that would make the road possible. Since then, a federal lawsuit has blocked progress and the Biden administration has dragged its feet on survey permits, in deference to radical environmental groups who object to the plan.

“The Biden administration is clearly siding with environmental extremists and putting the interests of waterfowl over the life and health of human beings in Alaska,” Tshibaka said. “All the while, Sen. Lisa Murkowski has expressed surprise that the radical environmentalists she helped put in power are behaving like radical environmentalists.”

Murkowski paved the way for the Biden administration by publicly opposing President Trump’s re-election in 2020, even though he won Alaska by double digits in 2016 and 2020. After she voted to remove Trump from office even though he was already gone, Murkowski exacerbated the problem by casting the deciding vote to advance the confirmation of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who is spearheading Biden’s environmentally extreme, anti-Alaska crusade.

“Sen. Murkowski has confirmed cabinet nominees and voted to confirm a federal judge who oppose the King Cove Road, and she’s taking a ton of campaign contributions from radical environmental groups who oppose projects in Alaska just like this road,” Tshibaka said. “The leftists in the Biden administration are using Murkowski as their willing pawn to get what they want, and that often means that Alaska gets targeted. It’s time we had a senator who represents Alaska to the Washington, D.C. insiders, rather than one who represents the D.C. insiders to Alaska.”