What is wrong with Joe Miller?
Some journalists and bloggers have been stalking the Alaska Republican Senate nominee to see whether he's receiving military disability benefits, and, if so, for what. The court-ordered release of documents from his last workplace, the Fairbanks North Star Borough local government, only deepens the mystery. The judge had medical information redacted, causing the documents -- a series of 2009 e-mails released late Tuesday -- to read like a Mad Libs exercise. (We encourage readers to fill in the blanks in the comments section of this post.)
Writes Miller to a colleague in an e-mail:
I'm scheduled for _______ in Anchorage on Monday, _______ is Thursday in Anchorage. I don't know what the recovery time is and won't know until after my _______ on Thursday. Apparently, the _______________my _______.
Miller also writes:
"Although the ______ is serious, it's my understanding that this type of _____ does not have an extensive recovery period."
And then this:
"Again, although the reason for the leave was for my ______ (completed), ______ (completed), and ______ (canceled but being rescheduled locally), it was submitted as personal leave."
"I canceled my _____ with VA in Anchorage yesterday and am now trying to reschedule with Wade."
A supervisor writes to Miller:
"You cannot obtain leave on the basis that you need _____ immediately and keep the leave when that circumstance changes significantly."
One colleague writes to another colleague:
"The message Diane got from the doctor sounds like Joe cancelled the ______, not the doctor. It was phrased something like. . . . I just wanted to let you know that Joe Miller cancelled his _____ scheduled for today."
Another e-mail between colleagues says:
"If he cancelled it then I can only conclude that his earlier representation essentially that it was _________ because the problem was ________ is bogus."
Whatever the blank was wrong with Miller, his colleagues seemed to agree that he was under a great deal of pressure and was not to be trusted. In various e-mails and other documents from 2008 and 2009, related to Miller's leave-taking and his use of colleagues' computers for political purposes (which he then covered up), they make the following observations:
"This behavior is bizarre."
"We did disable his key card access on Friday, and are submitting a request to change the door code for our department."
"It has been apparent in the last several months that you are under significant stress and it has affected your judgment."
"I expect that you will work hard to rebuild the co-worker relationships that were harmed due to your actions."
"While on administrative leave, you are not to enter the workplace area for any purpose. . .."
"I had everyone change their computer passwords."
"I was just really mad at him and confused by his behavior."
"My blood is boiling at his continued misrepresentations here."
"I think that further conversation with him is unwise at this point, and that we should just document the events for his file."
It sounds, in other words, as if he'll fit in perfectly in the U.S. Senate.
| October 27, 2010; 2:23 PM ET
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