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Murkowski challenger says Palin endorsement a 'definite' help

By Felicia Sonmez

Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) little-known primary challenger said today that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) endorsement of his campaign has been a major plus in the race.

"It's absolutely definite that her endorsement of this campaign has helped us," attorney Joe Miller (R) said during an appearance on the ABC/Washington Post "Top Line" program. "It's certainly given us national recognition," he added before going on to note that "really, in Alaska, what makes campaigns work, though, is the sweat equity that people put into the volunteer networks."

Palin endorsed Miller via Facebook last month, calling him a "true Commonsense Constitutional Conservative."

In addition to Palin, Miller is also backed by the Tea Party Express, which recently made a $100,000 radio ad buy on his behalf and has said that its spending in the race could hit $1 million. The organization has been at the center of a firestorm in recent days after its former chairman and spokesperson Mark Williams penned a controversial letter in which he called slavery a "great gig." The group was expelled from the larger Tea Party Federation. Miller's spokesperson said over the weekend that the campaign trusts that the Tea Party Express "in no way shares" Williams's views.

Asked whether he felt it was appropriate to accept support from the organization, Miller did not answer directly. "I think it's appropriate for us to make an unequivocal statement, that this campaign is not in any way racist," Miller said, adding that "we have a number of minorities that are assisting us in this campaign."

Miller also weighed in on 2nd Amendment rights after a video surfaced today showing several of his supporters brandishing automatic weapons while marching at a Miller campaign event.

"Guns are a pretty big thing up here in Alaska," Miller said. "Per capita, we probably have the highest rate of gun ownership in the nation."

Miller is waging a long-shot bid against Murkowski, who was appointed in 2002 by her father, who was the governor at the time; she is seeking election to a second full term. Murkowski's considerable leads in cash and name identification give her a significant advantage in the race: she raised about $500,000 in the second quarter and has nearly $2.4 million on hand -- about 20 times Miller's war chest of $124,000.

Miller, a West Point and Yale Law School graduate who has never held elective office, has sought to tap into discontent among conservatives regarding Murkowski's support for cap-and-trade and her vote for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in 2008. (On the latter, Miller's challenge has led Murkowski to respond that she "probably would not" have voted for TARP knowing what she knows now).

The two are slated to face off in three debates next month ahead of the August 24 primary.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  July 19, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
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Interesting and random assortment of mini-rants on here but let's talk about Miller and Murkowksi. We know everyone eagerly attended the media's Let's Excoriate Sarah party so let that go for now.
How typical of RINO Murkowski to suddenly change her tune on TARP. I think Joe actually has her worried, and rightly so because her popularity in SE Alaska at least has taken a nose-dive with her incomprehensible pushing of her Senate Bill 881, the "Sealaska land bill".
S.881 is, in short, completely unnecessary legislation to give 80,000 acres of the highest-value (both economically and environmentally) roaded public National Forest land to Sealaska Corporation at their request in lieu of the ANCSA land areas they specifically requested in 1975. Despite overwhelming outcry by forest-dependent local communities, professional biologists and a host of other users and residents, she ignores these concerns and panders to big money corporate interests. The cruel joke is that Sealaska's land entitlement is ready to be settled under the legitimate ANCSA areas on file in the BLM right now. She offers no credible explanation for this ram-job but instead offers spin and outright misrepresentation. The only way to get this bill through congress was to be as low-profile as possible, but the more the public found out, the greater the outrage at her treachery and mockery of public input and due process for her constituents whom she has consistently ignored.
Joe Miller on the other hand has pledged to a transparent process for legislation to the degree possible. No political back-scratching or pandering to corporate funders at the expense of his constituents. No spin and lies and saving one's own political heinie.

Maybe there is no room for honesty and accountability in politics any more and he's wasting his time. Maybe, from reading posts on this article, people are more interested in the drama and the media interpretation and the whole name-calling, mud-slinging game fest than they are an honest process. Sure it's easy to find dirt on anyone, and if you can't find any, make something up! I know one thing. Murkowski, for all her name-brand, Daddy's girl, corporate-funded status, has betrayed her constituents and a lot of us are really, really ready for her to go away and leave us alone.
From what I've seen and heard of Joe Miller, he's well able to do a much better job for his Alaskans in DC than she ever did.

Posted by: alaskame | July 23, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

How typical of Palin to backstab Murkowski. Palin has a long history of betraying former colleagues and mentors. Palin undervalues professional relationships and this move against her fellow Alaska Republican colleague demonstrates her short-term thinking and eagerness to serve Palin first.

Posted by: AxelDC | July 20, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I really want someone to ask Miller how he would have dealt with the failing banks, if he would have voted against TARP. I also want someone to ask him why it was such a bad program if the majority of it has been paid back, with interest.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | July 20, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Murkowski is well funded and well liked in Alaska. Miller will undoublty rise in the polls, unless he falls flat in the debates. Murkowski will be ready but his style of campaigning in Alaska may be effective. Murkowski is now in more trouble than she was 1 month ago, but she is still the odds on favorite to keep her seat.

Posted by: reason5 | July 20, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

This ambulance chaser will be 'refudiated'.

Posted by: analyst72 | July 20, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

This ambulance chaser will be 'refudiated'.

Posted by: analyst72 | July 20, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

this is just pathetic. Yawn/

Posted by: drindl | July 19, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

That idiot is currently tied with obungler

Magic underpants is beating him. So is huck and gingrinch.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 19, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I think that Sarah Palin is the smartest woman politician I have ever came across. Even her picks get media coverage and see a surge in their polls. She is definitely no Margette Thatcher, but a politician's version of John Gotti. She is untouchable and when you look at her record objectly and the political moves she has made it places her in a unique position to be on the ticket for 2012, check out this article that talks about that, trust me its a good read

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If Palin is so smart why can't she speak a coherent sentence?

Please, by all means, run that idiot for President.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 19, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party = Taliban

Wake up.

Posted by: blazertaco | July 19, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Racial complaint has become too lucrative a hustle, and a hustler must always remain true to the game. Principles never sell as well as slogans.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2010/07/19/2010-07-19_is_naacp_blind_to_farrakhan__co.html#ixzz0uAMO4kep

Great Article by Stanley Crouch NY Daily News.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I think that Sarah Palin is the smartest woman politician I have ever came across. Even her picks get media coverage and see a surge in their polls. She is definitely no Margette Thatcher, but a politician's version of John Gotti. She is untouchable and when you look at her record objectly and the political moves she has made it places her in a unique position to be on the ticket for 2012, check out this article that talks about that, trust me its a good read


http://bit.ly/thepalinplan

Posted by: republicanblack | July 19, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

West Point grad and Yale educated? This must be a liberal in sheeps clothing, no way a blood-red conservative has this kind of education.

Ole Sarah would have tyhrown him under the bus had she known his east coats elite educationalism(ok, I made the word up...Sarah inspired me)

Posted by: ScottChallenger | July 19, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

christ zouk, what the hell even keeps you going?

Posted by: Noacoler | July 19, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Poor lonely Ped. Getting kicked off the blog. getting fired from her job. about to be the victim of a real estate scam in a foreign country.

she still thinks foreigners are allowed to own property there.

people of your "stature" are renters for life, didn't you hear?

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Miller also weighed in on 2nd Amendment rights after a video surfaced today showing several of his supporters brandishing automatic weapons while marching at a Miller campaign event.

"Guns are a pretty big thing up here in Alaska," Miller said. "Per capita, we probably have the highest rate of gun ownership in the nation."

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Hope someone tosses a frecracker into one of his gatherings and a bunch of his supporters all react at once and remove themselves from the gene pool.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 19, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Heh heh heh yeah "common sense."

Loosely translated, reasoning attributable to gut-level reactions by people who don't know enough and aren't smart enough to use their brains for the same thing.

Don' know nothin' don' wanna know nothin' gettalong fine not knowin' nuthin' but that's OK 'cuz ah gots common sense.

"If it swims, it's a fish!! End of story!!"

People like Palin esteem common sense. Of course. Common sense like cutting taxes increases revenue and the Rapture is on the way.

America is finished.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 19, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Obungler already circling the drain, only 18 months in:

Generally, his lowest support continues to come from the factions who’ve been reluctant about Obama from the start; the reelect numbers fall as voter age increases and rise with voter education levels. Only 27 percent of those age 55-75 would vote to reelect the president, versus 45 percent of 18-to-34-year-olds and 36 percent of those between 35 and 54. Only 31 percent of those with a high school education would give him a second term, compared with 40 percent of college grads. Also dangerous is the fact that he’s down among independents by 7 points; only 26 percent would reelect him, with 33 percent throwing their weight behind the Republican candidate

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=DC3632C6-18FE-70B2-A8A4383F8DA0FFDA

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 19, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

37th, I'm sure you are the most excited about the upcoming board changes, right? Pretty soon you'll have the whole place to yourself!

Posted by: DDAWD | July 19, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

What we have on this blog is blantant hostility on the part of the leftists toward any conservative voices.

That much is clear.

The name-calling is constant - the infighting is out of control.

There is no rational, honest discussion from the leftists.

All the archives show this day after day, week after week.

The leftists have gone beyond uncivil behavior - they are at childish behavior now.

.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 19, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Just this weekend the TPers pulled their skirts over their knees and tidied their hair and said they will have nothing more to do with that Bad Mark Williams. I thinks this $100K ad buy "refudiates" that.

As long as the TEA Party Express has got $100,000 to drop in an ad campaign I don't think they will exactly be exiled to a cold, dark, isolated wilderness.


Wait! That sounds just like ALASKA! Maybe they have expeliated him.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 19, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

West Point and Yale, eh? A real Man of the People.

Doesn't Palin ordinarily denounce anybody with this sort of education, as an "elite?"

Posted by: lonquest | July 19, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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