Another Republican senator is in hot water after voting to charge former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, which he was acquitted on earlier this year.
The Alaska Republican Party has voted to censure Republican Lisa Murkowski and will recruit a challenger to run against her in next year’s election.
The Republican State Central Committee voted in favor of the censure during a meeting in Anchorage after district-level officials passed a series of similar resolutions.
Kris Warren, the author of the resolution said in a statement, “We’re looking for somebody else to be our U.S. Senator in 2022, and somebody who will be more in line with the Republican philosophy.”
He added, “There’s a number of issues that the party has had with Sen. Murkowski for the last several years which really culminated in the conviction vote of former President Trump.”
Warren also pointed to Murkowski’s criticism of Trump, “She’s repeatedly spoken out against President Trump over the years in spite of all the great accomplishments he had that helped the country and certainly helped Alaska.”
Warren said he submitted the resolution “right after the impeachment vote in the Senate.”
“The party has been upset with Sen. Murkowski for quite some time,” he said. “And we’ve actually considered a similar resolution in the past. But I think what’s happened here in the last few months is kind of the last straw. We felt that we had to make a strong statement.”
Murkowski is one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump in February.
The RINO senator is up for reelection in 2022, and she has made it clear that she stands by her decision to vote in favor of convicting Trump.
Back in February, she said:
I stand my ground. If I had to take that vote again, I would vote to uphold my oath of office. And, if the party is to censure me because they felt that I needed to support the party, they can make that statement, but I will make the statement again that my obligation is to support the Constitution that I have pledged to uphold, and I will do that, even if it means I have to oppose the direction of my state party.
When Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference recently, he announced that he would be campaigning against Murkowski in the 2022 Alaska GOP primary.
“I will not be endorsing, under any circumstances, the failed candidate from the great State of Alaska, Lisa Murkowski. She represents her state badly and her country even worse. I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be — in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad Senator,” he said.