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Miller takes on Obama, Alaska Republicans

Posted: September 1, 2011 - 9:33am

Former Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller returned to Juneau Tuesday, accompanied by some of his current political allies and continuing to challenge the Nov. 2010 election he lost at the polls — and then again in the courts.

But where Miller says he’s really been vindicated is in claims about opponent Lisa Murkowski, who bested him in a history-making write-in campaign.

“It’s been absolutely no surprise, she’s been voting as we portrayed her during the campaign, as a liberal,” he said.

Passing through Juneau during a Tea Party at Sea cruise aboard the Celebrity Millennium, Miller met with local supporters Tuesday evening.

Miller explained his new political action committee, or PAC, and website,, which he said which will represent and organize citizens now ignored by the state’s institutions and political parties.

Miller said the PAC would focus on key races in the state, probably only a handful, in primary and general elections, probably for the Legislature and statewide offices and possibly even local races.

Miller said the PAC will raise some money, but will mostly be used to organize committed supporters, which he said is how he won the Republican primary.

“What won that race is the volunteers on the ground,” he said.

Many of those who gathered at the Nugget Mall Tuesday evening had participated in the recount following the Senate race, where Miller supporters challenged as many Murkowski write-in votes as possible, hoping to sway the race to their candidate.

Tuesday, Miller continued to fight the battle he lost in court, where he challenged specific misspelled write-in ballots he said shouldn’t been counted. Tuesday, he said members of Gov. Sean Parnell’s administration, the courts and the state’s power structure worked together to keep him from winning.

He said he proved that during the court case, but was ruled against anyway.

“The allegations that I made were all substantiated,” he said.

Murkowski’s victory was larger than the total of all the votes the Miller campaign challenged, but he said many ballot boxes were not adequately secured and votes may have been changed or otherwise tampered with.

Changes made to state elections law by the Alaska Legislature during the last session leave the state still susceptible to election fraud, he said.

“It just rubber stamped a bad decision by the (state) Supreme Court,” he said.

Other tea party activists accompanied Miller to the Nugget Mall from the cruise as they tried to fire up a dozen or so supporters from Juneau.

He said the turnout was pretty good, given that Juneau is “not necessarily a bastion of conservatism.” The comment drew rueful chuckles from the audiences.

Jerome Corsi, author of “Obama Nation,” an attack on President Barack Obama, and former Saturday Night Live cast member Victoria Jackson made even harsher attacks on Obama than did Miller.

Corsi said Obama isn’t qualified to be president because he isn’t a natural-born citizen, despite the president’s public release of a copy of his birth certificate.

“I’m still saying that what we’ve seen is a forgery,” he said.

Corsi challenged Obama’s Christianity, as well as his politics.

“There’s a communist living in the White House,” he said.

Jackson said she only recently got involved in politics and discovered that Obama was a communist. She endorsed Miller’s call for tea party members to get involved in efforts such as serving as local poll workers, which she said now are “mostly old hippies.”

Miller said he hasn’t ruled against running against Sen. Mark Begich, Rep. Don Young, or even Murkowski again in five years.

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jlmh 09/01/11 - 12:54 pm
Oh good grief. Isn't it

Oh good grief.

Isn't it possible that some of your primary supporters were scared away by your subsequent actions, rather than a comprehensive scheme of election fraud?

I mean, you did handcuff a reporter who wasn't asking the kinds of questions you wanted to answer. You did take advantage of a lot of public assistance programs you supposedly disapprove. In fact, you had a lot to say about your federal agenda, but rarely mentioned Alaska. And until now, you really only let Fox interview you. Maybe Alaskans didn't feel like you were on their side any more.

wordsnorth 09/01/11 - 07:45 pm
Good grief is an understatement!

Is this guy socially tone deaf or just stupid! Miller, you have lost ALL credibility in Alaska. How can we possibly have any respect for a confirmed liar who has no more integrity than to rig a voting poll. How can we respect a hypocrite who uses entitlements while preaching the opposite. You call Obama a communist?? You Miller, are the one who had your goons "arrest" a reporter for asking the wrong question--what happened to your "Constitutionalists" views in that little incident? You run on now--Alaska does not want you here. You should be feeling very unwelcome, but obviously you can't quite comprehend anything outside your own little misinformed world.

Raoulduke 09/02/11 - 05:21 am
Good Grief is Right

It seems the Constitution is good as long it does not affect him.What a HYPOCRITE.This is just one of the TEA PARTY members.They all seem to have this strange point of view.Very narrow,and one sided.Which happens to be the wrong side.GO BACK to where you came from,or stay on your luxury cruise liner.Just GO AWAY.Figure it out Miller.WE do not want you.

cheapersmokes 09/02/11 - 08:40 am
The tea party is still a baby!

Folks, The Tea Party really came out of nowhere to rapidly effect many elections across this country. In many cases the candidates were not properly vetted since they were just glad to have a horse in the race. People like Mr. Miller will not be endorsed again and please don't judge the whole party or it's supporters by the action's of a few fringe candidates. The only thing that can be said for him is that he was willing to toss his hat into the ring but would someone please give it back to him now! :-)

witchwitch 09/03/11 - 10:44 am
We need change

I am not a Tea Party supporter. Because of the state rules, I cannot vote in the Republican primary.

However, I do like Ron Paul and I do believe in many of the issues supported by the [filtered word]s. Guys like Miller scare me. I don't think he was a good candidate and I didn't vote for any continuation of the Murkowski dynasty.

If the Tea Party brings forward better candidates and is the only group to support legitimate reform, then I will support their candidates once they are nominated by the Republican party.

I generally don't support Republicans because they want to give our oil revenue to industry. When their candidates start talking about ending some of these wars and rolling back the violations of our constitution promoted by Homeland Security, then they will have my vote.

We won't fix this system by ignoring the big problems and I won't vote for Obama again. His change was nothing more than campaign rhetoric. If the Tea Party can fix the problem and promote real solutions I will be with the 100%.

Miller is not the type of candidate that I would support.

beaverlooper 09/05/11 - 11:06 am
Oh good Grief again!!

If I was a republican running for office I would call up Miller and BEG him NOT to endorse me. He is political poison.

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