Murkowski Concedes to Miller, Radical ‘Tenther’ Teapartier
September 1, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Add Alaska to the states of Kentucky and Nevada, having radical tea party senatorial tea party candidates running as the Republican nominees. Last night in a close primary race, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) conceded to challenger Joe Miller, after the counting of about 16,000 absentee ballots that still left Miller leading by about 1,630 votes. Murkowski, an eight-year veteran of the senate, phoned Miller shortly before delivering her concession speech, wherein she said she was “proud” of her “honest” and “upright” campaign, taking a slight swipe at her tea party-backed opponent Joe Miller. During the counting of absentee ballots, Miler lodged a number of wild charges of voter fraud against Murkowski and her aides, that even the Anchorage Daily News, slammed Miller for in an editorial today. Murkowski responded to the voter fraud charges by calling Miller and his team “paranoid.”
Murkowski made her concession speech before live TV:
“We all know that this has been a long week, a terribly long week,” she said, adding “I don’t see a scenario where the primary will turn out in my favor, and that is a reality that is before me at this point in time.”
“And for that reason, and for the good of the state of Alaska … I am now conceding the race for the Republican nomination.”
“I’m so proud of the campaign we conducted. It was honest, it was upright, it was energetic. It was what campaigning in Alaska should be. We stayed focused on the issues, we stayed on the high road,” Murkowski said.
Murkowski then walked off away from the cameras at her Anchorage headquarters without endorsing Miller. But Miller expects her support in the coming days.
“I’m going to give her some time, and we’re going to talk more about it later,” he said. Miller may have to wait a while, as the campaign became very contentious, especially towards the end, when Miler at one point, demanded that the governor send in National Guard troops to supervise the voter counting process, alleging vague charges against the Murkowski camp of voter fraud.
Miller in his speech, thanked Sarah Palin and the tea Party Express for their support. And he spoke of his “tenther” states’ rights philosophy, in a state that receives an unprecedented amount of federal welfare.
“If we continue to allow the federal government to live beyond its means, we will all soon have to live below ours,” said Miller.
Miler’s views are well to the right of mainstream. He believes Social Security, Medicare, as well as unemployment benefits are unconstitutional. He also wants to eliminate the Department of Education, is a global warming denier and holds extreme views on abortion rights for women. He wants to outlaw abortion services, even in cases of rape and incest.