Joe Miller: ‘I Lied’ When Caught, Then Lied ‘About What I Was Doing’

October 27, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)—- Despite Joe Miller’s attempts to block the disclosure of his Borough employment records, a judge ordered the records released late Tuesday. And boy, oh boy, no wonder the radical teapartier senatorial candidate tried to hide his embarrassing, bumbling and unethical work history during his tenure as a part-time attorney for Fairbanks North Star Borough. The records show that when confronted about using his colleagues’ computers for unethical politicking, he at first lied and denied it. And then he lied again about what he was doing. And when forced to finally admit to sneaking on government computers to skew the results of an online poll, Miller tried to blame his fellow attorneys for not securing their computers against intrusion from a corrupt individual like himself. And this guy is running for the U.S. Senate.

Miler was placed on administrative leave for two-weeks while the Borough investigated his unethical use of government computers. And he was ultimately suspended and docked three day’s pay, put on a six-month probationary period and referred for evaluation.

The extremist teapartier candidate, whose private security goons handcuffed and detained a reporter for asking questions about his wrongdoing while working for the Borough, admitted in an email sent to his supervisor that he had lied and then lied again.

But Miller had previously tried to downplay the incident calling it “petty” and something that happened on his “lunch hour.”

The Anchorage Daily News has the details:

“I lied about accessing all of the computers. I then admitted about accessing the computers, but lied about what I was doing. Finally, I admitted what I did,” Miller wrote in a March 17, 2008, e-mail to Fairbanks North Star Borough Attorney Rene Broker.”

Miller added, “I acknowledge that my access to others’ computers was wrong, participating in the poll was wrong, lying was wrong, and there is absolutely no excuse for any of it,” Miller wrote in the 2008 e-mail admitting what he had done.”

The disciplinary letter sent to Miller referenced his “dishonesty” and his damaging of “co-worker relationships.”

An attorney for the Borough wrote, “you were dishonest both about your conduct and the reasons for the conduct,” but had then acknowledged what he’d done. “It has been apparent in the last several months that you are under significant stress and it has affected your judgment.” [...]

“Finally, I expect that you will work hard to rebuild the co-worker relationships that were harmed due to your actions on March 12, 2008. It will take effort on your part to regain their trust,” the letter said.

The released records also contain a letter from Assistant Borough Attorney Jill Dolan, explaining what happened. She called Miler’s behavior that day, “bizarre.” Dolan confronted Miller, the only person in the office at the time, when she arrived back from an outside meeting and discovered the cache had been cleared on not only her own computer but on two other employee’s computers as well.

“”When I asked why he cleared our histories, he said it was because if you had been to a site before you had to clear the cache or it would be blocked sometimes. I told him that didn’t make any sense …”‘

“Dolan wrote she then asked Miller why he used the third lawyer’s computer as well. He “denied it and then when she said her history was cleared too he said ‘oh yeah I was on it,’ like he had just forgotten.”‘

Finally, Miller was forced to admit the truth, but he tried to weasel out of the situation by turning the tables on his colleagues for not locking up their computers.

It’s like blaming the victims of a burglary because they left their door unlocked. Joe Miller, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate is some piece of work.

“He admitted he was on all our computers and needed to use them so an opinion poll would have different urls. He maintained the whole time he did not violate the computer use policy and that actually all of us did for not securing our computers,” Dolan wrote. “I told him the door was locked and he is a confidential employee and we shouldn’t have to worry about him using our computers.”

His tenuous seven-year stint with the borough was filled with conflict over his strange behavior, poor work performance and lack of integrity.

“The records also show that Miller left the borough amid a dispute over leave and whether work that he was doing for a private client conflicted with a case the borough wanted him to handle. Broker told the Daily News on Tuesday that Miller requested time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act for an unspecified medical reason.”

“Then, whatever that was, was canceled. But he still stayed out on leave. So when we heard it was canceled he was instructed to return for work,” Broker said.

Bizarre is an understatement. Joe Miller is not fit to serve in the U.S. Senate.


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