After telling reporters back in March of 2021 that he would back Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s re-election campaign, Sen. Dan Sullivan has been deafeningly silent as Murkowski struggles to fend off conservative Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka.

In a 2021 ABC interview, Sullivan said Murkowski supported him in the past and that he’d return the favor, despite the fact that Alaska’s Republican Party had rejected Murkowski’s candidacy due to her blatant abandonment of core Republican values surrounding pro-life issues, oil and gas development, Supreme Court nominees, protection of gun rights, transgender politics, Biden nominees and more.

In initially saying he’d back Murkowski, Sullivan explained that she had initially helped him win his Senate race in 2014.

“And in 2016 I supported her, and just in my reelection in 2020, where you know the national Democratic Party came in big in Alaska – massive amounts of money – Senator Murkowski was a strong supporter of mine and we won that reelection very strongly,” Sullivan said in 2021. “Look, we don’t agree on everything, but we make a good team for Alaska.”

For the next year, Sullivan had little to say about Murkowski’s campaign until this past April. After Sullivan spoke to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature, reporters asked if he was still on board with Murkowski. He said he was, but that’s pretty much been it. Two comments to two reporters over a two-year period.

This past July, former President Donald Trump traveled to Alaska for a massive rally in support Tshibaka’s effort to unseat Murkowski. He had some sharp words for Sullivan that day.

“How Sullivan doesn’t come out and denounce her is amazing to me,” Trump said. “Dan Sullivan should be ashamed of himself.”

With the general election now at hand, Sullivan appears to be playing it safe with nothing to say about either Murkowski or Tshibaka, as they remain locked in a tight race.

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Turns out Sen. Sullivan didn’t really ‘support’ Murkowski all that much

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.


  • Penny Seliger says:

    Have supported Sen. Sullivan in the past. Not to sure what will happen next time.

  • DoneWithIt says:

    Sullivan should be ashamed of himself.
    He’s a squishy RINO.
    we can do better than these limp wristwd, spineless, middle of the road, neo-cons – who are afraid to take a firm stand on anything that goes against the MSM narrative.
    Never forget- he voted for Dementia Joe’s $1.2TT infrastructure spending bill.
    He’s also big Ukraine war agitator.

    • Matt Morse says:

      Absolutely! Any representative who endorses another candidate who does not represent their constituents appropriately needs to go! All three; Young, Sullivan, and Murky voted for red flag laws! Those laws are not going to help gun control or keeping guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, they are purely about gun confiscation…

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Too late. Sullivan would never get my support again.

  • Matt Johnson says:

    Lisa is playing for the Democrat vote, Sullivan’s silence is probably at her request. She knows Republicans aren’t going to vote for her. She’s basically running as the Democrat she is, but Sullivan shouldn’t get a pass. He’s in her corner.

  • Dee Cee says:

    I have a bad feeling about Sullivan. I want to get behind him because I believe he is pro Life but I also have discovered what a certified war monger he is. I wish he’d throw in the towel on the pointless Ukraine war

  • Rosalind Griffin says:

    these Drop shots that you elect are nothing but the doorman of a big beautiful building… you never see the owners

  • Todd says:

    Sullivan needs to take his collar devices off.A sell out not a soldier.

  • Jan says:

    We have voted for him in the past, never again! He is week and we are so disappointed in the veteran! Does he think by remaining silent we will forget what a spineless POS he is?

  • Debi Kirchner says:

    I wrote him and ask why his emails to me only talked about keeping Pelosi and Schumer from getting re-elected. Not one word about any Alaskan candidate, he hasn’t bothered to answer me. At least Lisa would write back, even tho it was garbled crap explaining why she voted against Alaskans. Nope, Sullivan won’t get my vote again.

    • Lobo says:

      I have emailed Lisa about three, or four times.. Being very polite, and civil with my commentary, and questions.. She ignored my last two emails, and it helped to confirm my beliefs regarding her true political positions, and her allegiance to the democrats.. I will never vote for her again.. If she is on the ticket, and a democrat is the challenger, I figure I have a choice between two democrats.

  • NAV says:

    His lack of not standing up to her was all that mattered for Lisa, Sullivan FAILED multiple times to stand against Lisa. especially when it came to her standing with Biden against the oil exploration and drilling !!!!