Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced on Friday her plans to fight to keep her office during the 2022 midterms, despite the furious grass roots anger against her for voting to impeach President Trump over Jan. 6.
That anger has birthed a viable primary candidate, backed by 45, named Kelly Tshibaka, who previously served as Alaska’s commissioner of administration.
Murkowski’s vote, among five total Republican Senators who chose to betray President Trump earlier this year, led her own state’s Republican State Central Committee to formally endorse Tshibaka, who has nicknamed Sen. Murkowski “Biden’s Chief Enabling Officer,” and reminds Alaskans of their legendary Gov. Sarah Palin.
Tshibaka, pronounced “cha-baka,” is a follower of Jesus Christ, who has planted churches and has taught publicly about speaking in tongues.
“When I was young I didn’t dream of being a federal employee, I wanted to be a medical missionary, but God had other plans,” Tshibaka told Virginia-based Foursquare Church in 2017. “I didn’t go to med school, I went to law school, I didn’t go on the mission field, I came to Washington DC.”
“The harvest is plentiful but there are few workers willing to say, send me,” Tshibaka told the audience, almost coming to tears.
For Murkowski, her re-election message seems to be less about God, and more about nepotism, leaning heavily on the notion that she’s from Alaska, and for Alaska, despite vocal opposition from constituents regarding her voting record on abortion, Supreme Court nominations and Obamacare.
“In this election, lower 48 outsiders are going to try to grab Alaska’s Senate seat for their partisan agendas,” Sen. Murkowski said in her campaign video announcement Friday. “They don’t understand our state and frankly, they couldn’t care less about your future.”
Currently, Sen. Murkowski has a $3 million war chest to commit toward her campaign, ten times the amount Tshibaka has on hand. The senior senate from Alaska also has the support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, chaired by Florida Senator Rick Scott.
But any student of history would be remiss to forget the supposed underdog that won in 2016 with less money and the entire establishment formed against him.
They would also be remiss to forget the words of the Prophet Isaiah: “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.”