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Joe Miller compares Murkowski third-party bid to prostitution

Updated at 6:39 p.m.

Alaska mayor Joe Miller and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are still locked in a tight primary fight. (Results on Wednesday showed Joe Miller holding a slim lead of about 1,900 votes, but a winner won't be declared until election officials count as many as 10,000 absentee ballots.) In the meantime, Miller has been squabbling with the National Republican Senatorial Committee over their support for Murkowski. And today, on Twitter, he sent out a link to an article suggesting the Libertarian Party might take Murkowski as its candidate with the message, "What's the difference between selling out your party's values and the oldest profession?"

The tweet was subsequently deleted. Miller apologized, saying a staffer was responsible: "Please accept my apologies. Staffer trying to encourage Libertarians not to sell out."

It's not clear if he was referring to Murkowski selling out the Republican Party or the Libertarian Party selling out by embracing her.

Sen.. Murkowski (R-Alaska) demanded an apology from Joe Miller for the offending tweet.

"Alaskans deserve better. This type of statement is inexcusable from someone who wants to represent our state," Senator Murkowski said. "While I have been focused on the remaining ballots, the Miller campaign has launched yet another smear campaign against me. They lied about my record during the primary and now they have resorted to name-calling--it's disgusting."
"Alaskan values have never included a complete disregard for the truth or a lack of common decency," Murkowski said. "Mr. Miller owes all Alaskans, women and my family an apology."

Alexandra Petri analyzed Miller's twitter output earlier this week:

Miller's twitter page is rife with enough hashtags to dazzle someone who is dazzled by lots of hashtags. It boasts a picture of him wearing a brown jacket and looming in front of a mountain that looks as though it got lost on the way to a model call for desktop backgrounds. Since opening his account, he's left a trail of more than 1000 tweets -- 1189, to be precise -- and dozens, if not hundreds, of them are simply lists thanking people for "#FFs and RTs." His followers -- 2,295 of them -- barely exceed those he follows -- 2014! He is all about the networking side of social networking, the back-scratching, I-follow-you-you-follow-me approach to Twitter.

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The primary funding sources for the Tea Party are Oil Industry funded conservative groups:

“Americans for Prosperity”, “FreedomWorks”, “Cato Institute”, “American Enterprise institute” and the “Heritage foundation”.

which receive substantial funding from Exxon Mobil, ChevronTexaco and David Koch of Koch Industries, the largest privately-held energy company in the country, and the conservative Koch Family Foundations. Koch industries are responsible for hundreds of Oil spills spread over multiple states.

The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29rich.html?src=me&ref=general

The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer

“Charles Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan watchdog group, said, “The Kochs… have a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulation, and obfuscation. I’ve been in Washington since Watergate, and I’ve never seen anything like it. They are the Standard Oil of our times.””

The Tea Party is fighting for what's best for Wall Street Criminals, for Oil and Coal Industry Criminal negligence resulting in Deaths and Pollution, and the Policies that allow them to continue doing so Without Oversight or Regulation.

Why isn’t the Tea Party organizing and demonstrating against Industries causing the Deaths and Lost Livelihoods of Millions of Americans? Why aren't they protesting Lack of Regulation against Wall Street, Oil and Coal companies that are Killing People and caused the Financial Devastation of Millions of Americans? Why aren't they protesting against BP and Halliburton's Gross Negligence in the destruction of Multi-Billion dollar Tourism and Commercial Fishing Industries in the Gulf Coast Oil disaster?

Because the Companies Responsible is who Started, Fund and Direct Tea Party actions.

The Tea Party has a Clear Allegiance: The Rich, Oil and Coal and their ability to Pollute and Poison and dodge taxes at Public Expense while they rake in the profits.

Posted by: Airborne82 | August 31, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

THE WAPO WIPE
NO NEWS BUT TONS OF GOSSIP AND LIES WHICH SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATS NOW MATTER WHAT THE FACTS ARE.
1 QUARTER PER THOUSAND ISSUES. ENOUGH TO SUPPLY A GOOD OUTHOUSE FOR CENTURIES

Posted by: WHOOSONPHIRST | August 30, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

As a retired sex worker and a libertarian, I am offended that any politician would link another one to prostitution in any way. Prostitution is a noble and honorable profession and we do not need to have politicians- of whatever persuasion- compare the actions of other politicians to our profession. Regardless of what anyone may think of prostitution (which we regard as a job), one ought to view politics as a major step down from it. As I once said during MY political campaign for Lt. governor of California in 1986, "What is the difference between a prostitute and a politician? There are some things that a prostitute won't do for money..."

Posted by: normaja | August 28, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

This pathetic situation in politics reminds me of the movie, Cabaret. You tell me who is the stage dancer working the pole for the last year or so. Is this what we want? The country doesn't need this and Alaska sure doesn't.

Posted by: catclaw | August 28, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

LOL, he has a point, but I would classify it as a back-stabbing, not prostitution.

Saving one's own skin or vindictive vote-grabbing actions are an act of betrayal, i.e., where the looser changes parties to damage his original party by drawing away votes.

Such people are pretty low, as far as I'm concerned, unless they truly have philosophical differences with their old party. Calling him a prostitute is really not going far enough, in my opinion.

It's different when, as Reagan said, "The Democrat party left me, I didn't leave the party" when he switched to the republican party. It was for philosophical reasons on its face, which is an honerable reaction in my book.

Posted by: iluv9mm | August 28, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The GOP/tea party folks are all cut from the same cloth -- white sheets with pointed hoods...

have you ever wondered why are the hoods pointed? because of their narrow minds don't need much room...

Miller is a joke and the joke's on the Alaskans.... I just don't want the joke to be on the entire US --

God save us from the likes of Miller, Palin, et al

Posted by: abbydelabbey | August 28, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The GOP/tea party folks are all cut from the same cloth -- white sheets with pointed hoods...

have you ever wondered why are the hoods pointed? because of their narrow minds don't need much room...

Miller is a joke and the joke's on the Alaskans.... I just don't want the joke to be on the entire US --

God save us from the likes of Miller, Palin, et al

Posted by: abbydelabbey | August 28, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The GOP/tea party folks are all cut from the same cloth -- white sheets with pointed hoods...

have you ever wondered why are the hoods pointed? because of their narrow minds don't need much room...

Miller is a joke and the joke's on the Alaskans.... I just don't want the joke to be on the entire US --

God save us from the likes of Miller, Palin, et al

Posted by: abbydelabbey | August 28, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The GOP/tea party folks are all cut from the same cloth -- white sheets with pointed hoods...

have you ever wondered why are the hoods pointed? because of their narrow minds don't need much room...

Miller is a joke and the joke's on the Alaskans.... I just don't want the joke to be on the entire US --

God save us from the likes of Miller, Palin, et al

Posted by: abbydelabbey | August 28, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

MAYOR OF WHAT???

Posted by: TeddySanFran | August 28, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Miller is too kind. Clearly, EVERY ESTABLISHMENT POLITICIAN IS A PROSTITUTE - OR WORSE.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | August 28, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Republicans should be careful or they will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in November.

Posted by: Chalupa1 | August 28, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I'll just say let's wait for the final results, and see if the loser refuses to endorse the winner. We democrats simply want to defeat whoever the other side puts up. The more the bruise one another, the better it will be for us. Let the Florida GOP Governor primaries be the norm.

Posted by: info22 | August 28, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Always blame the staffer. The way I read it, he meant Murkowski.

Here's a blog by a fellow Alaskan (Wickersham's Conscience)in which he explains Miller's padded resume.

http://wickershamsconscience.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/examining-candidate-joe-miller/


Posted by: FauxReal | August 28, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh! And Sarah Palin doesn't walk around with a mattress for her political bedfellows tied to her back.

Posted by: queenofromania | August 28, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Alaska has one corrupt old man senator die; another senator gets appointed by her daddy to a nice senator job; now Alaska has some police state loving, Yale educated senator to be being mean to daddy's girl. Wow. At least Lisa can get a job as a lobbiest now soon. Unfortunately the benefits aren't as good as Senator. Jay Hammond for US senator!

Posted by: citizen625 | August 28, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Oh those wacky Republicans....

Posted by: CHICO13 | August 28, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Scum floats on the surface. Look at what we have making all the noise in Alaska.

Posted by: catclaw | August 28, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

"What's the difference between selling out your party's values and the oldest profession?"

It's a good question, Joe. It is something that every right-wing candidate running as a Republican should ask themselves.

Posted by: exco | August 28, 2010 5:14 AM | Report abuse


Please stop insulting prostitutes.

Unlike the sleazy carpetbaggers (the ancestors of Teabaggers) they perfom their business without hiding behind empty words like: democracy, separtion of powers, integrity or family values.

Most of the time they (the prostitutes) earn their money without having to take you for a ride or sell you a bridge to nowhere in Alaska or Brooklyn.

Posted by: bekabo | August 28, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Joe told the truth. Most career politicians are prostitutes. He just should've been more tactful in making his point.

Posted by: j9zig1 | August 27, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between Sarah Palin and other right-wing Republicans from Alaska?

Palin is smarter as she uses her family to exploit her fame.

Posted by: areyousaying | August 27, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

What is it about Republican "Old White Joes" that they have the cajones to but lack the wisdom not to actually say out loud what they are thinking?

Posted by: areyousaying | August 27, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Ya, so Miller said the truth but in a blunt way. What's the problem? Most career politicians are prostitutes.

Yawner!

Posted by: j9zig1 | August 27, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

His question:"What's the difference between selling out your party's values and the oldest profession?"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

So far, the GOP's values have been "No" and "we're sorry BP".

Other than that, they've got nothing.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | August 27, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Miller was on target and Murkowski is protesting a tad too much.

Posted by: gun313 | August 27, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Can't you fix the "mayor" error? Miller's never been elected dogcatcher. He couldn't even get elected for a state legislative office. Also he never has his blackberry out of his hands...so is anyone going to ask who the staffer was? It reminds me of when Edward's staffer took the fall for Rielle (sic).

Posted by: Dorothy1 | August 27, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Republicans in 2010 are so full of hate they'll even stab each other in the back!

Posted by: binkynh | August 27, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Classic ... blame a staffer.
If Miller is elected who's he going to blame when there is another kerfuffle?

Posted by: knjincvc | August 27, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I hope Miller is the GOP nominee and that Murkowski runs as a Libertarian. I love it when the Republican hate mongers destroy each other.

Posted by: andycyber | August 27, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Good Gracious, has the Hate Radio-Glen Beck-Jay Severin-Tea Party ilk so degraded our ability to think before we spew --to be so arrogant and self-righteous- that we end up with this person as a candidate? He is not suitable to hold elected office. An apology to the Senate he wishes to join is Transparent & not enough.

Posted by: TillerJoe | August 27, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Stop it. Mr. Miller is apparently in the direct intellectual lineage of the other politicians of that well-oiled state. They may not be brilliant, but they know a moose from a mountain and they don't shoot mountains. And if we're not nice to them, all the Jukes & the Kallikaks will come back to Tennessee! Or maybe Texas. And run for office in the lower 48.

Posted by: anonymot | August 27, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Do you honestly think that most politicians send out their own tweets?
======
Honestly, no. But doesn't that expose Twitter to be nothing more a "run of the mill" website? I don't think that was what the inventors of Twitter had in mind when they started. It's sad that an idea that where people could share their thoughts in short snippits has been turned into nothing more than an advertisement tool. It could spell the death of twitter as just another fake. I don't think it was supposed to be that way.

Posted by: Frazil | August 27, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Where does this article get "Alaska mayor Joe Miller"? He ain't no mayor, just another teabag pimp!

Posted by: edfunk1 | August 27, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Note:
"Alaska mayor Joe Miller"
Joe Miller isn't and has never been a mayor of any town in Alaska.

Posted by: aquainton | August 27, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

What an absolute creep Miller is. Now he's sorry. He is sorry, and fits right in to the Tea party "movement." Boy, is Alaska in tough shape: they have Palin, who most Alaskans don't like, Murkowski, who deserves to lose, and Miller, loose cannon wreaking havoc on the deck. G'luck..

Posted by: dudh | August 27, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

What an absolute creep Miller is. Now he's sorry. He is sorry, and fits right in to the Tea party "movement." Boy is Alaske in tough shape: they have Palin, who most Alaskans don't like, Murkowski, who deserves to lose, and Miller, loose cannon wreaking havoc on the deck. G'luck..

Posted by: dudh | August 27, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, what is the difference according to Joe? Or should I say what was the difference?

Posted by: pierrecasteneda | August 27, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Man up, Joe. Take some responsibility for the tweet sent out under your name. Really lame-ass thing to do, blaming a staffer.

Posted by: TheNorthWing

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Do you honestly think that most politicians send out their own tweets? I suppose you're also under the delusion that when you send an e-mail to your representative or senator that the reply you receive is actually written by that person and not by some staffer.

Ultimately, Miller is responsible for his staff and their actions, but it is entirely likely that he didn't send this himself. Staffers are usually assigned to do the tweets, Facebook updates, etc. Of course, if Miller doesn't actually fire the staffer, then it's hard to tell if his explanation is true.

Posted by: blert | August 27, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Man up, Joe. Take some responsibility for the tweet sent out under your name. Really lame-ass thing to do, blaming a staffer.

Posted by: TheNorthWing | August 27, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't use twitter, so I am completely unfamiliar with the protocol, but why in the world would anyone be authorized to be my stand-in? Wouldn't you want to keep that information private--to ensure that anything you wrote was really by and from yourself?

The tweet was subsequently deleted. Miller apologized, saying a staffer was responsible: "Please accept my apologies. Staffer trying to encourage Libertarians not to sell out."

Posted by: Skowronek | August 27, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between a U.S. Senator and the associated D.C. lobbyists
AND
a "working girl" and her Johns?

Uh.........

Posted by: shadowmagician | August 27, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The national Democratic Party should wake up, smell the coffee, and give the Democrat running against Joe Miller some $upport. He is Scott McAdams, Mayor of Sitka. He's now our only chance of avoiding electing yet another right-wingnut to the U.S. Senate. His website looks pretty reasonable.

Posted by: chuck8 | August 27, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

His question:"What's the difference between selling out your party's values and the oldest profession?"
--------------------------------
My question: "Do your party's values include actively working to destroy any accomplishments of the current Presidency, without regard to the welfare of our Nations' citizens, in order to regain power?"

At least "the oldest profession" provides a service in exchange for money.

Posted by: shadowmagician | August 27, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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