Alaska Republican Party Vows To Recruit Primary Challenger Against Murkowski

Written by Carmine Sabia

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Noted RINO (Republican In Name Only), Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been abandoned by her own party.

The Alaska Republican Party has censured Sen. Murkowski, not only for voting to impeach President Donald Trump but for other votes she has taken, and it has vowed to get a primary challenger against her if he campaigns for reelection next year, Fox News reported.

The Alaska Republican Party vows to “recruit” a challenger to Sen. Lisa Murkowski if she runs for reelection next year, but don’t expect the Republican National Committee (RNC) or the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) to join the effort against the state’s senior senator.

National party chair Ronna McDaniel emphasized to Fox News in January that “the RNC stays neutral in primaries for a very good reason. Because somebody has to be there to pick up the pieces of difficult primaries and help bring the party back together.”

On Tuesday, in the wake of Saturday’s move by the Alaska GOP to censure Murkowski and recruit a primary challenger against the longtime senator, an RNC official reiterated that the party committee remains neutral in Republican primaries.

NRSC chair Sen. Rick Scott of Florida has repeatedly said the Senate Republican reelection committee, as required by bylaws, will support incumbent senators running for reelection in next year’s midterms, when the GOP needs a net gain of just one seat to win back the majority in the chamber it lost in the 2020 election cycle.

Murkowski has not announced her intentions for 2022 but she was one of the seven Republicans who voted in February to convict Trump in his impeachment trial.

On Saturday, The Alaska Republican Party passed a resolution to censure the senator for her vote and for other votes she has made that the party did not appreciate.

“Whereas, Senator Murkowski has consistently opposed placing limits on abortions, in conflict with the Alaska Republican Party (ARP) platform; and, Whereas, Senator Murkowski, voted against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, in spite of the fact that she campaigned in support of its repeal,” it said before going on to list other instances of Murkowski disappointing the Republican Party.

It expressed its dismay for when she “voiced opposition to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and then voted ‘Present,’ effectively voting against his confirmation” and noted her frequent opposition to President Trump and his agenda that, it said “benefitted all Alaskans.”

“Whereas, Senator Murkowski demanded the resignation of President Trump following the January 6, 2021 capitol building riot, alleging the President had incited the riot; and, Whereas, Senator Murkowski voted against a Senate resolution asserting that a second impeachment trial against President Trump was unconstitutional, since he was no longer President, and then voted to convict former President Trump following this second Senate impeachment trial; and, Whereas, Senator Murkowski was the only Republican Senator who voted Nay on an amendment to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 which, if passed, would have prohibited the Act’s funding of schools which allow biological males to compete in girls’ sports, resulting in the defeat of the amendment,” it said citing more examples.

“Resolved that under Alaska Republican Party Rules, Article 1, Section 4 (f) 4, the Party hereby will recruit a Republican primary challenger to oppose and prohibit Senator Murkowski from being a candidate in any Republican primary to the extent legally permissible,” it said.

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This effectively gives Murkowski the boot from the Alaska Republican Party as the group said that the resolution “separates itself from Senator Murkowski’s conviction vote of President Trump.”

The decision came around a week after Trump vowed to campaign against Sen. Murkowski in Alaska.

“She represents her state badly and her country even worse. I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be – in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad senator,” he said.