Alaska governor accepts terms of Trump’s conditional support

It wasn’t surprising when Donald Trump endorsed Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy last week. After all, the outgoing governor is a conservative Republican – whom Trump backed four years ago – who ideologically aligns himself with the other GOP governors the former president supports. What was surprising was How? ‘Or’ What he endorsed it.

As we have discussed, Trump has said he supports Dunleavy’s candidacy for a second term, but that such support would be “null and void” if the governor supports Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski’s bid for reelection in his campaign. State of origin.

Of course, the horse trade in campaign endorsements is nothing new. But in general, these transactions are more direct: I will bond you for office x, if you bond me for office y. I will support you in this electoral cycle, if you support me in the next electoral cycle. Etc.

But Trump presented some sort of electoral bank shootout: Trump wants Dunleavy to win, but only if the governor wants Murkowski to lose. This suggests that the former president is actually indifferent to Dunleavy’s future. What interests him is the GOP senator whose career he desperately wants to end.

Would the governor accept such a project? Obviously, yes. The Anchorage Daily News reported on New Years Eve:

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has accepted former President Donald Trump’s conditional approval to his 2022 re-election campaign, according to a message sent by Trump’s Political Action Committee.

“Please say thank you to the president for the approval,” Dunleavy’s response read, according to a message from Trump’s PAC Save America. “Regarding the other issue, please tell the president he has nothing to worry about. I appreciate all that 45 have done for Alaska and this country.”

It remains to be seen whether the governor intended to make a public statement or a message Dunleavy wanted to share only with the former president’s team. Either way, it became a public statement, and the validity of it was confirmed by the Alaska office.

Trump celebrated the arrangement ended soon after, renting Dunleavy’s “courage” in a written statement calling Murkowski an “Alaskan disaster”.

Of course, given the circumstances, “courage” is not the first word that comes to mind. The Republican governor could have told Trump that what Dunleavy thinks about his own state’s race for the US Senate is none of his business. Dunleavy also had the option of supporting his own home state ally of his own party. The governor could also have discouraged the former president from trying to further divide the already divided Alaskan GOP.

Indeed, a Republican state agent told the Washington Examiner last week, “The Alaskan GOP is already very fractured. Trump’s conditional approval of Dunleavy was just one more drop.

But the governor appears to have accepted the terms of the deal anyway, likely fearing what it would do to his re-election prospects if he were to face Trump’s wrath.

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