Joe Miller Can Run, But He Can no Longer Hide: Judge Releases Borough Records
October 24, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— Joe Miller, the radical tea party senatorial candidate from Alaska, lost his legal battle to hide his employment records from his scandal-plagued stint working as a government attorney with the Fairbanks North Star Borough. A judge ruled over the weekend that the public’s right to know about the employment background of a candidate running for the U.S. Senate outweighs any privacy concerns. A number of newspapers, led by the Alaska Dispatch, sued the Borough for the release of all of Miller’s personnel records to shed some light on Miller’s use of government computers for political purposes in violation of state ethics rules.
The extremist teapartier who declared that unemployment benefits, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and the federal minimum wage are unconstitutional, had no problem with such entitlements, when his wife collected unemployment and his children received health insurance through the state-run Medicaid program for the poor.
In the wake of growing questions about his unethical electioneering activities while a Borough attorney, Miller announced he would no longer answer reporter’s questions about his employment history or personal background.
Miller was so intent on avoiding reporter’s questions about the scandal that he literally had his private security goons “arrest” and handcuff the editor of the Alaska Dispatch at a public campaign event inside a public school building. It was a chilling moment in the ongoing battle with radical tea party candidates and the mainstream media.
Now, Miller can no longer hide the full extend of his corrupt electioneering activities. Barring the Alaska Supreme Court overturning the judge’s decision, the Borough is ordered to release Miller’s employment records on Tuesday.
The Anchorage Daily News reports that the judge pointed out that Miller was running for one of the highest legislative offices in the nation, and he must not hide his background from voters.
“‘I hold that although Mr. Miller has a legitimate expectation of privacy in those documents, Mr. Miller’s right to privacy is indeed outweighed by the public’s significant interest in the background of a public figure who is running for the U.S. Senate,” the judge said. He noted that U.S. senator is among the highest elected offices in the nation.”
The Judge was ultimately persuaded by the argument for transparency advanced by the lawyer for the Alaska Dispatch.
“McKay, the lawyer for Alaska Dispatch, called on the judge to release the paperwork given that Miller is applying for a six-year political term but his background has never been reviewed by the public — until now.”
“The voters can decide what bearing this should have on his fitness or qualifications,” McKay said of the borough records. “They have a right to decide.”
During an appearance on CNN, after his goon squad handcuffed a reporter for asking questions Miller didn’t want to answer, he finally admitted that he was disciplined during his tenure as a Borough attorney. But Miller dismissed his corrupt electioneering using government computers, as insignificant because it occurred during his “time off” during his “lunch hour.”
What did Miller do? He used the computers of other government employees to send proxy votes in a failed attempt to unseat Randy Ruedrich, the chairman of the state Republican Party and install himself in Ruedrich’s place.
The hilarious irony of this story, is that Miller was attacking Ruedrich for doing the very same thing in a previous government job.
Besides revealing himself to be corrupt, Miller is seemingly unaware of the hypocrisy inherant in his actions and extreme right-wing views.
Miler is now in a dead heat with Republican write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski.