Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski drew her first major primary challenger Monday from the state’s commissioner of administration, Kelly Tshibaka.
“We know what Washington D.C. thinks about Alaska: We’re here for their benefit, and we won’t put up much of a fight. After nearly 20 years in D.C., Lisa Murkowski thinks the same way,” Tshibaka said in an announcement video published Monday declaring her candidacy.
— Kelly Tshibaka (@KellyForAlaska) March 29, 2021
The challenge comes two weeks after the Alaska Republican Party voted to censure Murkowski and pledge support for a primary opponent. While the censure came in part by Murkowski’s vote in favor of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment, the party cited Murkowski’s long history of decisions on consequential issues that fly in the face of conservative and Alaskan interests, from abortion to transgender sports.
“There’s a number of issues that the party has