When multiple Republican members of Congress voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, many feared that decision would come back to bite them.
Now, it seems that could be the case.
Alaska’s Republican party has officially endorsed the primary opponent of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News reports.
Sen. Murkowski has been a vocal opponent of Trump for years.
Now, it appears to be backfiring.
The Alaska Republican State Central Committee voted to endorsed Kelly Tshibaka as the Republican candidate for the 2022 Senate race. This will be a major difficulty for the incumbent as she heads into the next election.
“Murkowski has got to go!” Trump said in a June statement endorsing Sen. Murkowski’s opponent. “Kelly Tshibaka is the candidate who can beat Murkowski — and she will. Kelly is a fighter who stands for Alaska values and America First.”
Tshibaka, whose website has a picture of herself with Trump, uses the slogan, “America First. Always.” The election will be another test of Trump’s sway over Republican voters even while out of of office.
“I fought hard to be the first in my family to pursue a college degree and attend law school,” she says on her website. “I fought to expose waste, fraud and abuse in government, and I’ll bring that same fight to the US Senate where I will always defend Alaska values.”
Tshibaka has “led a non-profit organization that focuses on leadership development and has partnered with anti-human trafficking, orphan care, and homeless advocacy organizations.”
“My husband and I have five wonderful children,” her website says. “We work hard to instill the values in them that make Alaska the special place that it is. I am running to represent our great state – to ensure Alaska remains a great place to raise our families and where the next generation of Alaskans can rise and prosper beyond those who came before them.”