Former President Donald J. Trump endorsed Kelly Tshibaka on Friday in her race in opposition to Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, giving his assist to an outsider candidate who promoted false claims of election fraud final yr and has written articles in assist of homosexual conversion remedy.
“Lisa Murkowski is bad for Alaska,” Mr. Trump mentioned in a press release, criticizing her vote to verify Deb Haaland as secretary of the Interior Department. “Murkowski has got to go!”
Ms. Murkowski was censured by the Alaska Republican Party in March for her vote to convict Mr. Trump throughout his second impeachment trial. The state celebration mentioned it didn’t need her, a reasonable Republican who has represented the state since 2002, to determine as a Republican in the 2022 election.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, nevertheless, has endorsed Ms. Murkowski, noting that its place is to defend Republican incumbents.
Despite her political vulnerabilities, Ms. Murkowski has overcome challenges from the precise earlier than. In 2010, she turned the primary sitting senator in half a century to win an election as a write-in candidate, defeating a preferred Republican nominee aligned with the Tea Party.
Ms. Tshibaka, who’s little identified in the nationwide political area, served most just lately as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration earlier than resigning to run for Senate.
Hoping to grab on the recognition of Mr. Trump, who twice received Alaska by huge margins, Ms. Tshibaka has positioned herself as a “MAGA”-loving outsider, selling false theories of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
As a scholar at Harvard Law School, she endorsed “coming out of homosexuality,” writing approvingly of a day “dedicated to helping homosexuals overcome their sexual tendencies and move towards a healthy lifestyle,” according to archives of her work unearthed by CNN’s KFile. She additionally urged homosexual folks to take part in “pastoral counseling” and “accountability groups.”
More just lately, she has employed Mr. Trump’s present advisers and former marketing campaign managers, Bill Stepien and Justin Clark, in addition to his former marketing campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, as advisers.
Mr. Trump has been following the race intently, his advisers mentioned, hoping to unseat Ms. Murkowski. He met with Ms. Tshibaka two weeks in the past at Trump Tower, in response to an individual accustomed to the assembly.
The high 4 candidates from Alaska’s all-party major will advance to a normal election, which shall be ranked alternative.