The Trouble With Joe Miller’s Volunteer Twitter ‘Staff’
October 1, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—- It’s hard to find a good tweeter these days. Just ask Joe Miller. Every time an embarrassing tweet has appeared on the Republican senatorial candidate’s official Twitter account, it has been attributed to unnamed “volunteer” tweeters. Blaming mockable hubris, offensive misogyny and other bad traits on staffers, may be standard practice in a political campaign, but in Miller’s case it’s starting to become a troubling pattern. This time, a stream of tweets appeared on his Twitter page, while he was being escorted around Washington, DC, by tea party hero Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), to hit up special interest groups for some cash. Apparently, “Waterloo” DeMint assured Miller his election was in the bag. So, a jubilant Miller, apparently impressed with the privileged Beltway opulence, decided to “measure the drapes” a little too early. Miller’s opponents, write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Mirkowski (R-AK), who lost to Miller in the primary and Democrat Scott McAdams, quickly made political hay out of Miller’s presumptuousness.
Miller’s four “measuring the drapes” tweets sent out on Wednesday have since been deleted, but they have been screen capped for posterity, of course.
Think I’ll do some house hunting while I’m in DC.
Guess I should pick out some office furniture, as well, while in DC.
Then there’s the matter of a name plaque for the door.
My sincere appreciation for the warm welcome, including from future colleagues in DC.
Murkowski quickly pounced, emailing a screen grab of Miller’s tweets to supporters and, saying “for someone who wants to be a freshman senator, this is pretty sophomoric.”
Murkowski also used the flap as the basis for a radio ad, warning Miller not to count his chickens before his eggs hatch.
“Joe tweeted that he was going to do some house hunting, buy office furniture, and get a name plaque for his Senate office door.”
“Wait a minute Joe… you might want to wait until you hear from the 88% of us back here in Alaska who didn’t vote for you.”
And McAdams tweeted a response, @JoeWMiller: “While you’re in DC picking out office furniture, I’m in Anchorage introducing my plan to get Alaskans back to work.”
After Miller’s hubris captured national media attention, the tweets were deleted and a statement was put out blaming the mess on a staffer.
“Miller’s campaign spokesman, Randy DeSoto, told CNN on Thursday that “a volunteer was responsible for the tweets last night and will no longer have access to the account.”
The last time a Miller volunteer took over Miller’s Twitter account, Miller’s then-Republican primary opponent Murkowski was compared to a prostitute, when she was considering running on the Libertarian Party ticket.
The tweet read: “What’s the difference between selling out your party’s values and the oldest profession?”
That tweet was also soon deleted and blamed on a volunteer staffer who was “relieved of those duties.” “Please accept my apologies. Staffer trying to encourage Libertarians not to sell out,” said Miller.
McAdams also issued a somewhat tongue-in-cheek statement criticizing Miller’s inability to find a dependable tweeter flak, who isn’t sexist, arrogant or otherwise, not ready for prime time.
“I guess I’m a little bit concerned,” said McAdams campaign spokesperson Heather Handyside. “If Mr. Miller were to be elected to the Senate, he’d be responsible for surrounding himself with a staff who would be advising him on very important issues — the economy, national security – and if he has a problem getting an effective tweeter, I guess that gives me cause for concern.”
Meanwhile, Miller may want to hold off shopping for that senate office plaque. Depending on the poll, Miller is either tied with Murkowski or Murkowski is as much as 11 points ahead of the extremist teapartier Miller.