Mar 28, 2021 - Politics & Policy

GOP Sen. Sullivan says he'll back Alaska colleague Murkowski despite Trump threats

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that he would support Sen. Lisa Murkowski if she ran again in the 2022 midterms, despite her having been censured by Alaska's Republican Party earlier this month for voting to convict former President Trump in his impeachment trial.

Why it matters: Senate Republicans who have spoken out against Trump or voted against him during the trial have faced intense backlash from their state parties. Trump has already announced he will support any competitor to Murkowski, and pledged to travel to Alaska to campaign against her. Murkowski is slated to be up for re-election in 2022.

  • The authors of the censure also criticized Murkowski's stance on abortion, and for voting against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Sullivan justified his support, saying, "we don't agree on everything but we make a good team for Alaska."

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