Former President Trump offers conditional endorsement for Gov. Dunleavy reelection

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, R-Alaska, in Juneau on 09/14/2021.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy, R-Alaska, in Juneau on 09/14/2021.(KTUU)
Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 1:44 PM AKST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2021 at 7:11 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Former President Donald Trump officially announced his support for Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy in his bid for reelection Tuesday with one condition.

In a press release from his “Save America” campaign, Trump endorsed Dunleavy for reelection in 2022, as long as Dunleavy does not endorse U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska’s senior senator who has served since 2002. Dunleavy filed for reelection back in August for a second term. Murkowski’s senate seat is also up for grabs in 2022, and Murkowski announced her run for reelection in November.

“He has my Complete and Total Endorsement but, this endorsement is subject to his non-endorsement of Senator Lisa Murkowski who has been very bad for Alaska, including losing (ANWR) perhaps the most important drilling site in the world, and much else,” the statement reads. “In other words, if Mike endorses her, which is his prerogative, my endorsement of him is null and void, and of no further force or effect!”

Asked about the endorsement at a press conference on Tuesday, Dunleavy declined to discuss it. His campaign later released a statement, thanking the president.

“I want to thank President Trump for his endorsement,” the statement read. “We had a very good working relationship on the issues that are important to Alaska, in particular resource development. No president has done more for Alaska than President Trump and I appreciate his support.”

Andrew Jensen, a volunteer spokesperson for the campaign, said that Dunleavy is focused on the day-to-day business of governing.

“He doesn’t have time or the inclination to get involved in other races, and he definitely does not have time to get into any sort of conflict or create any space with President Trump,” Jensen said. “The governor and president had a great relationship, a lot of face time over the years.”

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information.

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