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.


Comments

3 Responses to “Murkowski Concedes to Miller, Radical ‘Tenther’ Teapartier”

  1. Old Man Dotes on September 1st, 2010 4:43 pm

    If Murkowski endorses Miller, it will be proof that party politics are more important to her than principles, ethics, or the good of Alaska and the nation. Miller is a lunatic-fringe candidate whose standards are little more than “who paid me to prostitute myself last?”

  2. anon on September 2nd, 2010 8:45 pm

    Ummmm, the “Tenth Amendment” is part of the Constitution. Seriously, look it up you [edited] RETARD.

  3. Sue on September 2nd, 2010 9:09 pm

    Anon:

    Thank you for your comment, such as it is. Yes. I do realize the 10th Amendment “is part of the Constitution,” as you point out. That’s the whole point. My reference to the so-called “Tenther” movement, describes states’ rights extremists, such as Joe Miller. For your edification, I provide the following definition of a “Tenther” courtesy of Wikipedia:

    “The Tenther movement is a pejorative term used to describe a political ideology and a social movement in the United States which espouses that many actions of the United States government are unconstitutional. Adherents invoke the concept that the states share sovereignty with the federal government and with the people by citing the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution as the basis for their legal and ideological beliefs.” [...]

    “Adherents oppose a broad range of federal government programs, from New Deal legislation to Great Society legislation, such as Medicaid, Medicare, the VA health system and the G.I. Bill.”

    Sue

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