On Monday (October 24), the Alaska Republican Party voted to censure Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY.) for sharing “divisive and misleading statements” about their endorsed Senate candidate in the state’s race.
According to a copy of the resolution posted to Facebook on Monday night, the Alaska Republican Party called out McConnell for being “in direct contradiction” for financially supporting incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) when the GOP in the state had backed Kelly Tshibaka.
The resolution states that “Much of the financial support from the Senate Leadership Fund has been used for malicious political attack ads targeted at our endorsed candidate, Kelly Tshibaka, that are gross distortions of fact.”
The group then requests the “Senate Leadership Fund immediately stop the attack ads against Kelly Tshibaka and discontinue the support of all other opposing candidates.”
According to local news reports, the resolutions passed 49-8.
Last year, the Alaska Republica Party also voted to censure Murkowski after she voted to impeach former President Donald Trump following the January 6 Capitol riot.
The Alaska Senate race is hotly contested as Trump-endorsed and vocal McConnell critic, Tshibaka, faces off against 20-year Senate incumbent Murkowski.
McConnell, who runs the Senate Leadership Fund, has made it no secret he supports Murkowski, helping her campaign with millions of dollars in ads showing Tshibaka in a disparaging light.
The claims made in some of the ads are misleading. According to FactCheck.org, one claim in a Murkowski ad that Tshibaka wants to ban birth control by mail is false. Claims like these have led the Alaska Republican Party to warn voters not to trust the statements in the so-called “attack” ads.