Radical Teapartier Joe Miller Now Literally Handcuffing Reporters
October 18, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—-Joe Miller, the Republican tea party nominee for the U.S. Senate from Alaska hates responding to pesky reporter’s questions about his past employment history, so much so, that a coterie of devoted campaign volunteers and private security guards literally detained and handcuffed a reporter from the Alaska Dispatch yesterday. Is this Miller’s radical version of state’s rights? Maybe he intends to disband all police forces once he’s elected to the senate and privatize them with anti-government rent-a-goons. This bizarre incident, in a campaign that’s already marked with tea party extremism and kookiness, brings to mind Miller’s merry band of supporters who marched in a family parade alongside children over the summer, brandishing assault rifles, some with side arms strapped to their thighs, while following the Joe Miller campaign vehicle; a black Humvee. The tea party nation has nothing to do with the constitution. It’s all about intimidation and radical anti-government sentiment. Joe Miller is the poster boy for what happens when extremists gain power. Be afraid, be very afraid.
This latest incident in tea party extremism occurred during a Joe Miller town hall event at a local public school. But the town hall was mostly stacked with friendly supporters and Miller had no intention of answering questions from a real reporter or non-supporters.
Just a few days ago, in the wake of a developing scandal over Miller’s ethics lapses while a borough attorney, Miller announced he would no longer answer questions about his personal life or previous employment. He said he was drawing a “line in the sand.”
Tony Hopfinger, the editor for the Alaska Dispatch discovered what happens to reporters who violate Miller’s “line in the sand.” They get handcuffed and placed under “citizen’s arrest.” No, really. He was not released until the police arrived and ordered Miller’s security guards to unlock the handcuffs. And the security guards also threatened to citizen arrest any other reporters in the hallway who dared to speak to Hopfinger.
The Miller camp, the security guards and Hopfinger have put out somewhat conflicting accounts of the incident. But it’s clear Miller and his campaign staff are dangerously out of control and do not feel constrained by the law nor normal campaign practices.
The Anchorage Daily News reports on the bizarre incident:
“Hopfinger has not been charged but the owner of the Drop Zone, the private security firm that’s been providing Miller’s security, accused Hopfinger of trespassing at the public event, a town hall sponsored by the Miller campaign. The owner, William Fulton, also said Hopfinger assaulted a man by shoving him.”
“Hopfinger, who was holding a small video camera, said he was attempting to draw out a statement from Miller on why he was disciplined by the Fairbanks North Star Borough when Miller worked there as a part-time attorney. After Miller walked away, Hopfinger said, he was surrounded by Miller supporters and security guards and felt threatened, so he pushed one of them away.” [...]
“Hopfinger said that after he shoved the man away, the guards grabbed him, cuffed his hands behind his back with steel handcuffs and sat him in a chair in the school hallway, Hopfinger said.”
As pointed out by the Anchorage Daily News, the town hall event was hardly private, as it was announced on Facebook and other sites, as a “chance for voters to hear Joe Miller speak for himself.” The campaign encouraged Alaskans to bring their “friends, colleagues, family, acquaintances, neighbors.” And the public school hallways were filled with other reporters, besides Hopfinger whom Miller’s staff didn’t also see fit to place under citizen’s arrest. Although, they threatened to arrest reporters for even speaking to the handcuffed reporter.
The Miller camp released a short statement blaming the incident on an “irrational blogger” from a liberal publication.
Have you ever in your life, heard of a candidate running for the U.S. Senate, detaining and handcuffing a reporter for asking questions?
Joe Miller and the rest of the radical tea party candidates threaten our democracy.
As a reminder of what’s to come if Joe Miller and other teapartiers become elected to Congress, watch the video of the armed Miller supporters: