Stick a Fork in Joe Miller, Murkowski to be Certified
December 29, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)– Radical hypocritical teapartier Joe Miller has reached the end of the line. A federal judge threw out his lawsuit contesting the results of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) successful write-in campaign against him, clearing the way for state election officials to certify the results. Miller, still not ready to concede the senatorial race, is evaluating his remaining legal options. Murkowski is happy that U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline recognized that Miller’s claims, “were entirely without merit.” And so the long strange journey of Joe Miller’s Sarah Palin-backed extremist candidacy comes to an end.
After the judge’s ruling, state election officials certified the election results and sent them to the governor’s office for his signature.
“U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline wrote that he would not second-guess the Alaska Supreme Court, which had ruled that Miller’s arguments against the state’s handling of the write-in ballot count were moot.”
‘”Generally speaking, the Alaska Supreme Court is the final expositor of Alaska law,” Beistline wrote in his ruling. “That must be the case here.”‘
“Miller said that he was disappointed with the judge’s ruling, adding that he and his legal team “are evaluating the ruling and determining what our next step should be.”‘
Miller beat Murkowski in a surprise win backed by outside money from the Tea Party Express and the support of Sarah Palin. But Murkowski decided to stay in the race and stage a long shot write-in campaign that was helped by Miller’s many missteps, including handcuffing a reporter for asking questions he didn’t like and admiring the former Soviet-controlled East Germany’s now-torn down Berlin Wall, as a solution to our nation’s border security problem.
Miller’s scandal-plagued tenure and unethical work history while employed as a government attorney with the Fairbanks North Star Borough also did him in. He spent most of his campaign fighting the release of his employment records, and when Miller lost that battle, it immediately became clear why he fought so hard to hide his work history.
Murkowski can now celebrate her historic write-in victory, a feat that has not been seen in Alaska since Strom Thurmond’s win in 1954.