Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) made her way to the Senate through nepotism, so it should come as no surprise that her endorsements would follow that trend and so it was Friday that she embraced “Swamp First” over “America First” with her backing for the House of Representatives.
“Yeah I am,” the Senator told journalist Zach Hughes when asked if she were voting for Rep. Mary Peltola (D-AK) in the midterm elections. The remark came after Murkowski had spoken to delegates at Anchorage’s Dena’ina Center for the Alaska Federation of Natives convention, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) October 22, 2022
“I can’t help but think of our new partner here in the Congress. I miss Don Young every single day, I think we all do. It’s gonna be impossible to replace him, but I will tell you I’m so happy to welcome Mary Peltola as our representative for all of Alaska,” she told the press.
The congresswoman had defeated former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) in an August special election for Young’s seat after the congressman had died in March following 49 years in office. The two will face off again in November and when asked by another about her favor for Peltola over Palin, Murkowski said, “You can tell she’s a D.C. reporter. Because in Alaska, I think it’s still different. Mary is a friend…We have been friends for 25 years, and the fact that we’re Republican and Democrat has never interfered with that friendship.”
At @NativeFed craft fair @lisamurkowski is wearing a kuspuk given to her by @MaryPeltola. Both kuspuks were made by Evelyn Day. The two briefly discussed who bought what from the art booths. pic.twitter.com/fUOS7lh7aB
— Zachariah Hughes (@ZachHughesNews) October 21, 2022
“I know that bothers some people who want me to be that rigid, partisan person, and I’m just not,” Murkowski continued. “I’m not, haven’t been, and I won’t be. I do not toe the party line just because party leaders have asked or because it may be expected.”
In just over two weeks the three-term incumbent faces off against Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka, backed by former President Donald Trump, and her voting record against conservatives on key issues stands for itself. So too has her insistence on remaining in power at all costs despite the will of the people.
After being appointed to the Senate in 2002 by her father Frank Murkowski after he won his bid to become governor, Murkowski went on to lose in the 2010 primary to Tea Party candidate Joe Miller. She then ran a write-in campaign to defeat him and hold her seat, winning again as the Republican nominee in 2016.
Meanwhile, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has continued to throw his weight around preserving the status quo on Capitol Hill as his PAC has spent millions advertising for Murkowski in favor of Tshibaka despite her favor to win the seat handily. Eighty-five percent of campaign contributions to the Senator’s reelection bid have come from out of state and she has outspent her opponent by roughly $7.5 milliion.
“My first obligation,” she claimed, “is to the people of the state of Alaska.”
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