Incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who is once again running as a Republican despite the fact that the Alaska Republican Party has rejected her candidacy, has announced that she will be will be ranking liberal Democrat Rep. Mary Peltola as her first choice in the November 8 election.

Peltola, who is running against top Republican challengers Sarah Palin and Nick Begich, has returned the favor, publishing multiple pro-Murkowski Facebook posts over the last few days.

U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola poses with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Murkowski’s main challenger, conservative Republican Kelly Tshibaka, quickly pounced on Murkowski’s statement in support of Peltola, saying it shows that Murkowski favors retaining Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) as the Speaker of the House.

“Lisa Murkowski will vote to send Nancy Pelosi another foot soldier to help push the radical, leftist agenda that is battering Alaska every single day,” Tshibaka said in an Oct. 22 statement. “The only people who want Pelosi to be Speaker are those who like the Biden war on Alaska’s energy workers, high gas prices, runaway inflation, and the Lower-48 taking away Alaska’s freedoms and gun rights. This isn’t some principled position – Murkowski has clearly made a political calculation that her only chance to save herself is to go full Biden enabler.”

Tshibaka noted that Murkowski’s campaign is relying heavily on millions from Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Lower-48 Senate Leadership Fund to inundate Alaska’s airwaves with attack ads against her.

“With her support of Pelosi and Biden, and her support from McConnell, Lisa Murkowski has shown that she’s wearing the jersey of the D.C. establishment, rather than the home colors of Alaska,” Tshibaka said. “It’s a sad way to end a career. Murkowski has surrounded herself with the Washington, D.C. elites, but when I’m in the Senate, I won’t be bought, bullied, or bamboozled by Biden, Pelosi, and McConnell. I’ll fight for Alaska, and that will never change.”

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Tshibaka says Murkowski’s pledge to back radical Democrat Peltola shows her true loyalties

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    If your old enough or can remember Jane Fonda and Vietnam, now it’s Lisa Murkowski and the republican party. They’re both the same. Traitor’s. They talk but no show. I won’t vote for a Democrat so that leaves Nick and Sarah. I don’t like Nick but Sarah has no clue and never did. I guess ill flip a coin. To bad we couldn’t of got someone that is against MURDER (abortion) and for Alaskans. Sarah has aligned with the LGBTQ X and now has dropped down lower than her previous low on my scale. That leaves Nick and he is for MURDER and against my way of thinking and life. This will be the better of two evils at its best. Who will get my vote? Mary won’t that I can say for sure. Not anyone of tge three have shown me anything yet. a couple more week and it’s all over. THANK GOD.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Neil, find Nick’s financial statement online – look at the different companies listed. I see some companies in that look like globalist companies. That is concerning.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Murkowski is such a Rino. How embarrassing that a Republican vows to vote for a demorat and the demorat vows to vote for the Republican. Mary Peltola, you standing behind a political group that is for everything hateful, inhumane and are killers. In my humble opinion, you are a disgrace to the Alaska Native population that you espouse. The Alaska Natives have been murdered by the globalists in the early years through illnesses they spread amongst the natives and are in the process of taking all of the land and way of life away from the natives and so many of the natives still believe that the government is there to help them. What a sad time we live in – we are losing a talented people who were great artists, knew how to survive off of the land and manage their resources and a people who understood what respect was. Mary Peltola, you are part of that group wiping out your own people. God is watching you.
    Kelly, you have my household’s vote for Senate. Sarah Palin has my household’s vote for Congress. God bless both of you.

    • Truth Network says:

      Here is the problem Alaskans face: neither Sarah Palin nor Kelly Tshibaka are serious people, nor serious candidates. They offer no solutions aside from mud-slinging and name-calling. There is a reason that Representative Young’s staff has backed Peltola; whether you agree with all of her policies, she at least has treated the office with the respect and reverence it deserves, while pursing many of former Representative Young’s legislative priorities.

      Sarah Palin, meanwhile, has spent her time creating bizarre youtube videos. Kelly Tshibaka meanwhile grifted Alaska into paying er $80,000 to move to the state from the lower 48, at which point she quit her job.

      Alaska deserves representatives in Congress who are Americans first and Alaska second. Frankly, whether they are Republican or Democrat should be pretty far down that list. While Peltola wasn’t my first choice for representative, thus far she has acquitted herself admirably.

  • Thomas Stroozas says:

    Lisa is NOT a republican and does not have Alaska’s best interest at heart. Please reject her!

  • Steve says:

    After Lisa lost to Joe, then ran on a write-in campaign her actions shouldn’t surprise anyone. Lisa has no morals, and is begging the Liberals to please return her to the swamp where she can complete her trans-formation to the snake she is.

  • Andy says:

    evil never prevails, in time they are relegated to the dustbin of toxicity, words of their evil actions will carry on in books only to soon be repeated, history tells us their future does not bode well.

  • Steve Peterson says:

    I got a flyer in the mail with Murky and Sattler supporting each other. Murky makes no pretense anymore that she is a Republican, rather, she has her own little party which is all about herself. Sattler seems to be the same kind of person.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Saw this on upcoming mid-term debate schedule. said that they will be livestreaming debates via various platforms.
    Wednesday, Oct. 26: Alaska
    Representative Mary Peltola of Alaska, a Democrat, will debate her challengers, including Sarah Palin and Nick Begich, both Republicans, at 11 p.m. Eastern time
    Thursday, Oct. 27: Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire
    AK, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a Republican, will debate her challengers, including Kelly Tshibaka, a Republican running to Ms. Murkowski’s right, at 11 p.m. Eastern time.

  • Steve says:

    I guess Lisa is starting her own party? The Fish Party? It is what it smells like.

  • Dan says:

    What are talking about? Sarah Palin Is pro-life and believes that marriage should only be between and man and a woman. She is opposed to any expansion of gambling in Alaska.

  • Dean says:

    Loved Kelly Tshibaka’s Campaign Ad showing Lisa Murkowski with her gal pal Kamala Harris and also her expression of total infatuation while she’s hugging creepy Joe. They should have also included the photo of Lisa backed up against the wall by Diane Fienstein being reminded whats going to happen to her if she doesn’t follow her demands. *Disclaimer * These are my own personal interpretations of what’s going on in the photos!

  • Alfredo Mendez says:

    Yeah, her loyalty to her oath and her loyalty to this nation, not a two bit conman real estate developer whose MAGA QAnon cult only wants to destroy this country.

  • Clark says:

    People are so short-sighted and eager to attack that they often just miss basic facts.

    Murkowski and Peltola have been personal friends for years. They are able to see past their party labels and still see a life-long friend. Such a simple thing. And yet, its the kind of thing the whole country desperately needs more of right now.

    Peltola supports the 2nd Ammendment. She isnt going to support any bill to take guns away from law-abiding citizens. Neither is Murkowski. Thats such a stupid bs argument. Murkowski voted along Trumps policy demands 74% of the time when he was in office. She’s a moderate by any rational measurement.

    Not sure why anybody is mentioning gay marriage in the discussion? Gay marriage was legalized in Alaska BEFORE Obergefel vs Hodges. Even if SCOTUS overturned Lawrence AND Obergefel, gay marriage would still be legal in Alaska. It’s not going anywhere. Conservatives should be terrified of the idea of government having the power to destroy their familial bonds with the stroke of a pen. They should be defending gay marriage exactly as vehemently as they would defend their own marriages. Because of the gov can forcibly divorce 1 group of people, they can forcibly divorce YOU too!

  • Richard Eide says:

    When Sarah gladly receives the gay crowds endorsements, that rules her out for me. Voting for Nick. He’s more reliable, anyway.

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  • Diana says:

    Dark money is so obvious here….Mary Peltola calls herself a real Alaskan but neither she nor Lisa Murkowski have the money to advertise themselves with so many expensive repetitions throughout the expensive ad spaces where I have seen them. They aren’t real Alaskans. They are bought and paid for Alaskans which means they will represent whoever gave them the cash….NOT ALASKA.