Joe Miller Tells Court: I Lost Because My Volunteers Were Bad Spellers
November 19, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— In an Alaskan senatorial campaign that hinged on voters correctly spelling Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s name, Joe Miller is now complaining that he lost the election because his volunteer observers were poor spellers. And as a result, they failed to challenge a number of misspelled write-in ballots. Although, the election was called for Murkowski and she declared victory, the radical tea party candidate with an unethical work history, who once handcuffed a reporter for asking questions he didn’t like, is not about to stand down. Miller is asking a federal court to issue an injunction to block the state from officially certifying the election results, citing his staff’s poor spelling, a flawed write-in counting system and anything else he can think of.
Randy Ruedrich, the chairman of the state’s Republican Party is urging Miller to conceded with dignity. “I think it was a free and fair election, properly run,” he said, adding it’s time for Miller “to wrap this up in a dignified process.”
But that’s not about to happen anytime soon.
“An attorney for Miller on Thursday asked a federal judge for a preliminary injunction to keep state officials from certifying election results, according to reports.”
“Thursday’s injunction modifies Miller’s original lawsuit challenging how the state handled Murkowski’s write-in campaign, in which Miller argued it was illegal for the state to accept write-in ballots with any kind of errors.”
And he further argued that his volunteer staff were ill prepared to detect misspellings of Murkowski’s name.
“Due to the haste with which the State decided to expedite the recount, Plaintiff Miller was unable to assemble and train his team of volunteers to observe the write-in count until shortly before counting started, and so they failed to challenge numerous write-in ballots with misspellings at the beginning of the process,” Miller asserts in his request for an injunction.
Murkowski’s campaign manager Kevin Sweeney dismisses Miller’ numerous excuses for his loss, as sour grapes.
“Throughout this election, Miller has blamed everybody else. It was the media’s fault. It was his advisor’s fault. Then it was the Division of Elections staff’s fault, the lieutenant governor’s fault, and now he is blaming his own volunteers — people who took nearly a week of their own to travel to Juneau and work on his behalf,” Sweeney said. “I was there. I watched his volunteers. I though they did a great job in doing what they were asked to do. They challenged every single ballot they could find a fault with. At some point he has to accept responsibility and that he lost and that he’s to blame.”
Even if all of the 8,000 write-in ballots challenged by Miler were thrown out, Murkowski would still lead by 2,000 votes.
“The Alaska Republican party believes that Lisa Murkowksi won the election,” said Ruedrich.