Kelly Tshibaka received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump last year to run as the candidate against incumbent Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski. Here’s everything you need to know about her.
“Lisa Murkowski has forgotten us because she cares more about being popular with her friends in Washington, D.C.,” said Tshibaka, when she announced her campaign.
Watch Kelly discuss going after the Senate seat in a rousing this clip:
Tshibaka has previously criticized Murkowski for helping President Joe Biden when she voted to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. She also attacks the Senator’s credentials for not backing two of Trump’s nominees, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Murkowski voted “present” on Kavanaugh, and originally said she would not vote during the Barrett proceedings – but eventually did.
The embattled Senator previously drew the ire of Trump back on June 4, 2020 when he tweeted, “Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don’t care, I’m endorsing. If you have a pulse, I’m with you!”
“Few people know where they’ll be in two years from now, but I do, in the Great State of Alaska (which I love) campaigning against Senator Lisa Murkowski. She voted against HealthCare, Justice Kavanaugh, and much else…” continued Trump.
Tshibaka has also been endorsed by the Alaskan GOP back in summer of last year.
She also says that Murkowski consistently votes against Republican interests. She recently voted for Biden’s Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.
“These are not the votes that a senator from Alaska should be casting,” Tshibaka said. “Murkowski has made poor decisions like this over and over, and we, the people of Alaska, continue to pay the price for her popularity in Washington, D.C.”
Tshibaka has experience in government as well. She is the former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration. She’s worked in the office of the inspector general for the U.S. Postal Service, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Justice. She most recently worked in the administration of her home state for Governor Mike Dunleavy.
Tshibaka released a great campaign commercial to kick off her run for Alaska.
Murkowski, who has been a Senator since 2002, was asked by reporters about losing the coveted Trump endorsement to Tshibaka.
There are “plenty of people on the outside who will be gunning for me, who will suggest that I am not right for Alaskans. I would put that directly to the people of this state,” responded Murkowski.
The Senator voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment and called for his resignation after January 6.
Alaska now has a jungle primary system where the top four voter choices in August will advance to the general election in November. There are 10 other candidates in the race currently.
Tshibaka seems to be a great option for conservatives to take on the Trump-hated Murkowski. She’s got a strong fighting spirit and is the best bet to defeat Murkowski. If she lived in your state, would you vote for her?