Mitch McConnell’s PAC drops $7M ad backing Murkowski over Trump-endorsed candidate in Alaska

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is showing his true colors by having his leadership PAC spend $7 million on advertising that will back Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) instead of former President Donald Trump’s endorsed candidate, Kelly Tshibaka, in the upcoming midterm elections.

“It’s important for Lisa to be reelected. She’s one of the few sort of moderates in the middle of the Senate,” he stated during an interview with Axios’ Jonathan Swan. He called her “a key player in advancing bipartisan legislation.”

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure she’s successful,” McConnell vowed.

This is the first Republican primary McConnell’s PAC has meddled in so far. Most of the money from the organization is being funneled into six general election battles beginning in September.

“We don’t seek out opportunities to be involved in primaries,” Senate Leadership Fund President Steven Law told Politico which is the exact opposite of what the PAC appears to be doing in Alaska.

Murkowski is viewed by conservatives as a Republican in name only (RINO.) She has been labeled as a “moderate” Republican who leans more towards the Democrats than her own party, but McConnell is standing firmly behind the senator, keeping his promise to support incumbents. She has held that seat for 20 years.

Trump is no fan of Murkowski’s. She was one of the seven Republican senators who voted to impeach the former president over alleged incitement in connection to the Jan. 6 protest.

The senator was the lone Republican cloture vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. She also joined Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) in supporting the abortion ruling Roe v Wade be kept in place. Murkowski voted in favor of the bipartisan infrastructure bill last year and helped secure Supreme Court Justice-designate Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

She was censured by the Alaska Republican Party over her vote to impeach Trump. The party made it clear they did not want her on the 2022 ballot as a Republican.

Trump endorsed Tshibaka in June, getting a head start on the race in Alaska. She is an Alaskan native who attended both Texas A&M University and Harvard Law School, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Tshibaka was appointed by Alaska’s governor to lead the Department of Administration in January 2019.

She also worked for nearly 17 years for the federal government in D.C. during the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations. She was employed in the office of inspector general for the US Postal Service, the Federal Trade Commission, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Justice Department at various points in her career.

“Lisa Murkowski is bad for Alaska,” Trump proclaimed via a statement as he endorsed Tshibaka. The former president also said he would campaign for her in Alaska.

Tshibaka savaged Murkowski on her record of supporting Biden’s nominees and accused her of trading Alaska for friends in the nation’s capital.

“Lisa Murkowski has forgotten us because she cares more about being popular with her friends in Washington, DC,” Tshibaka charged, according to The Washington Times.

Tshibaka has also bluntly stated that she won’t support McConnell as leader of the Senate.

Murkowski announced she was running for re-election in November.

She is massively outraising Tshibaka in fundraising, according to CNN. As of March 31, Murkowski had more than $5.2 million in the bank to prop up her campaign; Tshibaka had less than $1 million.

Now, McConnell wants to give her as much as she spent on her entire 2016 campaign to be added to her coffers.


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