Joe Miller Up to His Eyeballs in Hypocritical Ethics Mess
October 14, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— Joe Miller, radical tenther Republican senatorial nominee from Alaska was for ethics violations before he was against them. In the wake of a damaging report alleging Miller had misused government computers in his bid to unseat the the state Republican chairman, the tea party candidate held a news conference to announce he would no longer answer questions about his personal life or background. That’s very convenient. The allegations stem from 2008 when Miller worked as a part-time attorney for the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Now, the former Mayor Jim Whitaker has come out with the dirty details, telling the Alaska Dispatch that Miller was reprimanded for his “significant breach” and was nearly fired. The following year, Miller had a dispute with his superior over vacation time and he quit hours before he would have been fired.
The Alaska Dispatch reports that Whitaker felt compelled to come forward when Miller refused to answer reporter’s questions about the fiasco. Instead, Miller has hired Sarah Palin’s attorney to hurl unfounded accusations towards the borough, alleging his employee records were improperly leaked. Two newspapers are suing for the release of Miller’s full records.
“It did make me angry,” said Whitaker, who was mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough from 2003 to 2009. “That event (politicking on borough time) happened on my watch, and I am obligated to tell the truth.”
“According to Whitaker, Miller — a part-time attorney for the borough from June 2002 to September 2009 — used other employees’ computers to send “proxy votes to get himself elected as the chairman of the Republican Party.”
Whitaker further says, in 2009, Miller refused to postpone a hunting trip when his office became short staffed and he resigned before his supervisor could fire him.
“The borough attorney came to see me and said she thought she was going to have to fire him,” Whitaker said. “But she called the next morning and said the problem had resolved itself. He resigned.”
Miller has already established he is a hypocrite. He has railed against Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the federal minimum wage and unemployment benefits as unconstitutional. But come to find out, Miller’s family was the recipient of Medicaid, his wife collected unemployment insurance and he benefited from federal farm subsidies.
And as a crusader to clean up corruption in government, Miller is now trying to hide his own ethical transgressions. During the 2008 Republican convention Miller attacked chairman Randy Ruedrich chairman as corrupt, while he himself used unethical tactics in his zeal to topple Ruedrich.
“We’re doing this so we can tell the public. Look, we’re behind the public and its motivation to clean up government,” said Miller at the convention. “That’s what this is all about, and to make sure the public understands that the Republican Party is a party of ethics and not corruption.”
Miller has refused to respond to Whitaker’s allegations.