Radical Teapartier Joe Miller Packs It In, Going to Disneyland.
January 1, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—The 2010 contentious senatorial campaign in Alaska, marked with lawsuits, extremist anti-government rhetoric, the promotion of the former East Germany’s Berlin Wall, as a solution to America’s border security problem, the handcuffing and detention of a reporter and an historic successful write-in campaign, has finally come to an end with losing candidate Joe Miller’s concession. After losing several court challenges to Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) write-in victory over Miller by more than 10,000 votes, the radical tea party candidate has finally bowed to the inevitable. “The time has come to accept the practical realities of our current legal circumstances,” he said during his news conference on Friday. What’s next for Joe? He’s going to Disneyland.
What better way to end the long and bizarre tea-party and Sarah Palin-backed senatorial campaign of Joe Miller, than at a theme park in Florida.
After U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline threw out Miller’s legal challenges against the election results the election was quickly certified, officially declaring Murkowski the winner.
During Miller’s press conference, he told his supporters that he did the right thing by challenging the state’s write-in procedures. And he spoke of his “grave concerns” for an America that does not reflect his extremist libertarian anti-government views, such as his hypocritical claim that the federal minimum wage, unemployment insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are unconstitutional, while he and his family enjoyed some of those very services.
The Anchorage Daily News reports on the press conference:
“At a news conference at his campaign offices in Anchorage, at which he was flanked by his wife and dozens of cheering and whistling supporters, Miller said it was time to throw in the towel but not abandon the fight for conservative values.”
‘”The time has come to accept the practical realities of our current legal circumstances,” he said, a reference to his series of legal defeats in state and federal courts. He added that he continued to have “grave concerns” about the nation’s direction.”
‘”The way of the past, with its obsession for growing government, out-of-control spending, pork-barrel politics, corrupting earmarks and its disregard for individual liberty, is destroying our country,” he said.”‘
Miler said he has no future professional or political plans, and that he plans to close the doors on his private law office, perhaps realizing clients will not be exactly lining up outside the door, after his unethical and sleazy work history as a part-time lawyer for the Fairbanks North Star Borough was revealed during his campaign.
“Miller said his future plans remained vague, other than a trip to Disneyland with his family if he an afford it, but said he would not reopen his Fairbanks law practice. He said he would not take any money out of his campaign account for his own expenses or as a stipend, and was currently living off the money his campaign repaid for a personal loan he made to his election bid of about $100,000.”
And so one of the year’s more colorful and wacky tea party campaigns comes to an end.
Photo Source: Wikimedia/Ellen Levy Finch/Disneyland’s Mad Tea Party/Creative Commons Attribution.