Joe Miller: Corruption on ‘Lunch Hour’ Doesn’t Count
October 19, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—-Joe Miller, the radical anti-government Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Alaska, believes he should not be criticized for violating government ethics rules on his “time off” during his “lunch hour.” At the very least, he’s splitting hairs, but in the larger sense his bizarre defense to severe workplace misconduct and corruption reveals moral bankruptcy. And if he has his way, Miller will be taking his extremist tea party state’s rights beliefs and questionable moral code to the U.S. Senate, where he will hold legislative sway over the lives of Americans. This is a frightening prospect.
Miller has come under a wave of media scrutiny for his refusal to answer reporters’ questions about allegations, confirmed by Jim Whitaker, the former mayor of Fairbanks North Star Borough, that he was reprimanded for misusing government computers for political electioneering while employed by the Borough as an attorney. Whitaker described Miller’s conduct a “significant breach” of government ethics policies, saying if not for his vital role in an ongoing legal case, he would have been fired.
What did Miller do? He used the work computers of his colleagues, apparently during his “lunch hour,” to send “proxy votes to get himself elected as the chairman of the Republican Party.” Ironically, Miller attacked chairman Randy Ruedrich as corrupt, because Ruedrich was also accused of electioneering on government time in a previous job.
Apparently, Ruedrich didn’t have the wherewithal to sneak into his co-workers’ computers while scoffing down a ham and cheese sandwich.
Miller was so intent on avoiding any questions about his “significant breach” that his private goon squad “arrested” and handcuffed a reporter with the Alaska Dispatch for asking questions about his corruption. It was a disgraceful, thuggish and constitutionally intimidating act by a candidate running for national office.
In an attempt to stop the bleeding, Miller appeared on CNN’s John King USA last night. Although he finally admitted after much hemming and hawing, that he was indeed reprimanded for improperly using government computers for political purposes, he tried to obscure the issue with the reasons for his resignation from his job nearly two-years later, just hours before his supervisor planned to fire him. Why? With the office suffering from an attorney shortage, Miller refused to reschedule a planned hunting trip.
Miller dismissed his corruption while working as a public servant, as “petty” and something that happened a long, long time ago in 2008. “When I was at the borough, there were a myriad of things that happened over time. And this was something back in 2008, said Miller, adding it was a “petty” controversary.
And besides, Miller was a corrupt public official while on his lunch break, so it’s all good.
KING: It is not fair game to look at your history as a taxpayer-paid attorney, anything and everything you did, while you were on a public payroll as a public servant?
MILLER: Well, the event in question is something that happened on my time off. So it was during the lunch hour. So, frankly, there is not a direct correlation to that. [...]
KING: “Were you disciplined for doing something on your lunch hour that maybe you thought was right but that the mayor or somebody else thought was wrong, was a violation?”
MILER: “John, I’ll admit I’m a man of many flaws. I’m not going to sit back and say that I’ve conducted my life perfectly. I will tell you that anything that I’ve done that’s not right, it’s been accounted for and it’s been taken care of and I move on and I learn from mistakes. But to suggest that, in fact, this is — in fact, if — if you look at how this arose, it was basically designed to tie that event to something that happened, again, well after a departure that arose because of disputes that I had with the direction of that local government.”
Finally, Miller admitted he was reprimanded for misusing government computers for political purposes.
KING: Well, let me — let me try to end it right here, then. And you tell me whether — I’ve tried this before and you’ve been straight up. Is this a fair statement, in your view, that at the time this happened, you were disciplined for something, but it had nothing to do with why — while you — the reason you left the agency down the road?
MILLER: Absolutely. That’s a fair statement.
During the town hall meeting that resulted in a local reporter becoming “arrested” and handcuffed by Miller’s private goon squad, the radical teapartier further revealed his fondness for a police state. When answering a question on securing the border, Miller used the former Soviet-controlled East Germany’s Berlin Wall as a shining example of border control.
Miller is currently in a statistical dead heat with Republican write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski. But the good news is that recent polls indicate Miller seems to be losing ground, while Murkowski and the Democratic candidate Scott McAdams are closing in.
But with less than two-weeks to go and the difficulty of a write-in candidacy, Miller still holds the advantage. And that’s truly frightening. The current crop of Republican tea party candidates are the most radical group of anti-government extremists running in a national election. And it doesn’t bode well for the future of our country.