Former President Trump is determined to make sure Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski pays the ultimate price after breaking her loyalty.
Trump just endorsed Alaska’s Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy for re-election, however, he noted that his endorsement comes with one stipulation, Dunleavy may not back Murkowski for another term in the Senate.
The Hill reports:
“Alaska needs Mike Dunleavy as Governor now more than ever,” Trump said in a statement. “He has my Complete and Total Endorsement but, this endorsement is subject to his non-endorsement of Senator Lisa Murkowski who has been very bad for Alaska.”
“In other words, if Mike endorses her, which is his prerogative, my endorsement of him is null and void, and of no further force or effect!” Trump added.
After Sen. Murkowski voted to impeach former President Trump following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot he vowed political retribution on her and other GOP defectors.
Of the seven Republican senators who voted to convict the former president, Murkowski is the only one facing reelection in 2022. Trump has already endorsed one of Murkowski’s primary opponents, former Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka.
While only one other Republican has jumped into the race for Alaska governor, a ballot measure approved by voters last year means that Dunleavy will face an open primary in 2022, pitting him against candidates from all parties. One other Republican, state Rep. Christopher Kurka, has jumped into the race for governor.