Oct 26, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Alaska GOP votes to censure McConnell for supporting Lisa Murkowski

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 28, 2022. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Alaska's Republican Party leaders voted Monday to censure Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for supporting Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The move is symbolic with no real consequence but is intended to signal the party's disapproval of McConnell.

  • It's also intended to signal to voters to pick Trump-backed Republican candidate Kelly Tshibaka, per the Washington Post.
  • The 49-8 vote came after McConnell's leadership political action committee spent $5 million on ads attacking Tshibaka.

Background: Former President Trump said in 2020 that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Murkowski.

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