Alaska GOP Votes to Censure McConnell for ‘Malicious Attack’ against Trump-Backed Candidate

Alaska’s Republican Party has voted to censure Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for backing a series of attack ads against Trump-endorsed Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka.

President Donald Trump is backing Tshibaka against incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

“Much of the financial support from the Senate Leadership Fund has been used for malicious political attack ads targeted at our endorsed candidate, Kelly Tshibaka, that are gross distortions of fact,” the resolution reads.

“We request the Senate Leadership Fund immediately stop the attack ads against Kelly Tshibaka and discontinue the support of all other opposing candidates.”

The resolution passed by a 49-8 vote, according to The Hill.

According to, some of the ads aired in the race have been misleading, including one saying Tshibaka wants to ban birth control by mail.

Tshibaka said at the time:

“Let’s address the biggest lie first – her outrageous claim that I support banning the sale of birth control pills through the mail.

“I and members of my family are among the millions of American women who have taken birth control pills.

“I do not support restricting their sale through the mail or otherwise.

“Investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in an ad campaign will not change that fact.

“The deceptive ads rely on video taken out of context from one of my many town halls, when I was answering questions about abortion and other topics.

“Pills that induce abortions should not be confused with regular birth control pills that prevent pregnancies.”

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“The millions of dollars Mitch McConnell is spending on lies about me could be put to better use in other states where a Republican has a chance to beat a Democrat,” Tshibaka said Monday.

“And the Alaska Republican Party has just told him to butt out of our state.”

“Lisa Murkowski cares more about her standing in D.C. social circles than she does about the people in Alaska she’s supposed to represent,” Tshibaka added.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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