Kelly Tshibaka, a pro-Trump conservative challenging Senator Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, has released her first ad.
Murkowski, a Republican, voted to convict Trump during his second impeachment trial.
While the ad avoids making any negative commentary about her opponent, Tshibaka does sprinkle in some clearly Trumpian elements to her message.
“I’m a conservative, pro-life, pro-second amendment,” she confidently states. “And America first, always.”
Tshibaka also positions herself as an outsider running against an establishment Republican.
“The insiders don’t like me because I spent my career exposing taxpayer fraud and abuse,” she tells potential voters. “That’s okay, I’m not running for them, I am running for you.”
Tshibaka most recently served as Alaska commissioner of administration, a position from which she stepped down to announce her campaign to unseat Lisa Murkowski.
Pro-Trump Kelly Tshibaka Ready To Take On Murkowski
While the new ad by Kelly Tshibaka doesn’t delve into any specific messages contrasting herself with Senator Lisa Murkowski, she is, as Alaska’s News Source reports, “closely aligned politically with former President Donald Trump.”
Tshibaka has defined herself as a “new generation” of Alaska conservatives and chastised Murkowski for siding with Democrats in the impeachment trial, voting to convict Trump for the charge of incitement of insurrection related to the Capitol protest.
“President Trump has been great for Alaska, and we need to remember that in both elections Alaska selected President Trump as our president,” Tshibaka told the outlet.
“I don’t think it helps Alaska when our senator goes against and picks a fight with a president who’s benefiting our state.”
Kelly Tshibaka, the candidate Trump allies favor as a Murkowski challenger, raised $137,000 in the two days since she announced her campaign this week, an adviser says. Fec filing shows Murkowski raised $131,000 all of last quarter of 2020.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 1, 2021
Tshibaka has also reportedly hired several advisers with ties to the former President to help her with a campaign to defeat Murkowski.
“Former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, deputy campaign manager Justin Clark and battleground states director Nick Trainer … will serve as Tshibaka’s senior advisers,” Politico reveals.
She also brought on Tim Murtaugh, who was communications director on Trump’s reelection effort.
Kelly Tshibaka talks about her relationship with President Trump and the prospect of earning his endorsement to replace Lisa Murkowski in the Senate. @KellyForAlaska @S0phieMann1 @JustTheNews pic.twitter.com/chCrCh2f4K
— Real America’s Voice (RAV) (@RealAmVoice) April 18, 2021
Trump: I’ll be There To Campaign Against Murkowski
Donald Trump has yet to endorse anybody against Lisa Murkowski though Politico notes he is “on the hunt for a credible Murkowski opponent on the senator’s right flank.”
Trump has repeatedly bashed Murkowski not only for her impeachment vote but for consistently standing alongside Senator Susan Collins and the late John McCain in obstructing a conservative agenda.
He recently knocked Murkowski for her role in voting to confirm appointees for President Biden who have, he states, led to the revocation of ANWR drilling permits.
“Not only did Murkowski kill the biggest economic stimulant for the State, but also one of the biggest energy-producing sites in the world,” he criticized.
“She’s the best friend Washington Democrats ever had—and Alaska’s reward for that betrayal is an empowered Left coming after their wealth and jobs,” he added.
“I think she will be met very harshly by the Alaska voters in 15 months, and I will be there to campaign against her!”
Senate rejects Sen. Paul’s motion to declare fmr. Pres. Trump’s impeachment trial unconstitutional, in 55-45 vote. The 5 Republicans senators who voted with Democrats to proceed with the trial were Sens. Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse, and Toomey, @GarrettHaake reports. pic.twitter.com/Lqpmo9VWjr
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 26, 2021
“We can’t let the Radical Left destroy Alaska’s Energy Industry with their Socialist job-killing agenda,” Tshibaka recently tweeted.
“If Liberal Lisa Murkowski won’t protect us, I will!” she added.
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