A Republican Senate candidate said she would not support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as party leader in the upper chamber.
Kelly Tshibaka, the Trump-endorsed candidate vying for Sen. Lisa Murkowski's seat in Alaska, said earlier this month that McConnell was too willing to compromise and make deals with the Biden administration.
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"Mitch McConnell has repeatedly bailed out Joe Biden, giving him gifts of Senate votes, which are the only things keeping the Biden administration on life support," Tshibaka said in a statement. "As an example, after rescuing Biden with the last debt ceiling increase, McConnell said he would never do it again. But he just did, and he had Lisa Murkowski’s help in doing so."
She said this kind of backtracking is why she wants to replace Murkowski and that, in her view, lukewarm Republicans are "the political elites pitted against real Americans."
Tshibaka called the two senators Biden's "enabling officers" for supporting his "business busting, common sense canceling, defense decimating, energy annihilating, gun grabbing, illegal immigrant inviting, liberty loathing, parent punishing, socialist supporting" agenda.
Former President Donald Trump, who has been at odds with McConnell since his departure from the Oval Office in January, promoted Tshibaka's statement through his Save America political action committee.
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Tshibaka is considered the prime contender to oust Murkowski, a centrist who earned Trump's ire by voting to convict him during his second impeachment trial earlier this year. Though the primary may be contentious, the Republican nominee is expected to prevail during the general election in November 2022.