Murkowski Primary Opponent Is Virulently Anti LGBTQ
When Kelly Tshibaka announced last month that she was going to challenge Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the 2022 Republican primary, she described herself as “unapologetically pro-life,” pro Second Amendment and an advocate for the military. It’s what she didn’t disclose that is troubling.
Tshibaka once wrote in support of an “ex-gay” Christian organization that promoted discredited “conversion therapy” and said that homosexuality was caused by “sexual molestation during childhood,” according to a report by CNN. In a 2002 article in the Harvard Law School student newspaper, she wrote that gay people can “work through the process of coming out of homosexuality” through Christianity and urged gay people to “not be controlled by the ‘once-gay-always-gay’ rhetoric used to advance political agendas.”
The Dec. 4, 2002, article entitled “The Right Side: Coming out of Homosexuality” under her maiden name, Kelly Hartline, prompted a major backlash on the Ivy League campus. She wrote, “Today is National Coming Out of Homosexuality Day, a day dedicated to helping homosexuals overcome their sexual tendencies and move towards a healthy lifestyle. Compassionate people nationwide recognize this day, rather than the more publicized ‘National Coming Out Day,’ because they want people to live and enjoy their lives to the fullest.”
In other blog posts found by CNN’s KFile that have since been scrubbed from the internet, Tshibaka said that the “Twilight” book and movie series “is evil and we should not read or watch it” because “entertaining and participating in these kinds of activities leaves us spiritually vulnerable. It also leaves us open to the enemy’s attacks.”
Tshibaka previously worked as a lawyer for the federal government in Washington, D.C., in the offices of the inspector general for the U.S. Postal Service, the Office of Director of National Intelligence, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice. Most recently she served as a commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration, but resigned to run for the Senate seat held by Murkowski.
She has proudly cast herself as a pro-MAGA political outsider and has hired a number of former president Donald Trump’s political advisers to help run her campaign.