Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Surprise: Joe Miller To Challenge Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski For The Republican Nomination, Appears To Be A Deficit Hawk


On April 19th, 2010, KTUU Channel 2 briefly reported that Fairbanks GOP activist Joe Miller has decided to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski for the Republican nomination. And Miller has already garnered support from three state legislators: Sen. John Coghill (R-Fairbanks), Sen. Fred Dyson (R-Eagle River), and Rep. Tammie Wilson (R-Fairbanks). Since all three lawmakers are explicitly pro-life social conservatives, that already sends a message about Miller's politics. Joe Miller's campaign website is up and running.

http://joemiller.us/

The full announcement is posted HERE. He doesn't really clarify his specific issues with Senator Murkowski, but the implication is that he doesn't think she is sufficiently conservative. Miller writes:

"I'm not a politician but rather a concerned citizen, hard working taxpayer, father, and devoted husband who believes that our country is at a crossroads. Are we going to keep faith with the Founders and defend our Constitutional Republic? Or will we continue our head-long plunge into socialism and more government control? We already know what is at the end of that road: the decline of the dollar, further constriction of our economy, sustained high unemployment, crippling government regulations, and a deeper dependency on hostile foreign powers,""I'm running to turn that around — to stand up for individual freedoms, and stand up for Alaska."

"Over the years I have seen the courage and character of Alaskans. I've witnessed resilience, strength and a determination like no other. Yet Washington never reflects these Alaskan values," said Miller. "I believe Washington can be changed."

"When I look to the future, I see a country where Alaskans can be confident in the direction of our nation and that we control our own destiny. But it is going to take courage and character to make the changes. It is going to take new leadership," stated Miller. He is committed to being a Senator who brings Alaska values to Washington instead of Washington spin home to Alaska.


Miller has stitched together a simple five-step platform which succinctly outlines his vision. He is explicitly pro-life, absolutely opposes socialism, considers the right to bear arms absolute and unconditional for all law-abiding citizens, wants to keep the Feds out of health care, and wants to ratchet down government spending and attack our national debt. He is particularly concerned about the fact that foreign countries own so much of our debt.

Hmmm. While I have no real problems with the quality of Lisa Murkowski's representation, I'd say Joe Miller deserves to be heard. Very few candidates have the stones to say that our national debt is a problem. Foreign countries holding our debt can exercise leverage over us. Should China suddenly decide to dump dollars, we could be in serious economic trouble.

Like many Alaskans, Joe Miller grew up elsewhere. Originally from Kansas, he moved here 16 years ago. After a stint at an Anchorage law firm, he became a judge. In 2004, he stepped down as judge to run for the State House, winning the District 8 primary against Thomas Scarborough, but losing the general election to multi-term career Democrat David Guttenberg by a mere 3.5 percent. Since then, he's resumed private law practice, but has remained active in GOP politics in Fairbanks.

The only other declared candidate in this race as of this post is perennial Democratic candidate Frank Vondersaar, whose primary claim to fame is that he's "anti-fascist". All candidates will be listed on the Alaska Division of Elections website. Considering Murkowski to be unbeatable, the Democrats have been reluctant to run a "name" candidate against her. But the filing deadline isn't until June 1st, and the presence of Republican opposition could encourage the Democrats to put a more prominent candidate in the race. There are three "name" Democrats running for Governor; perhaps one of them might be persuaded to switch to the Senate race. The Alaska primary election takes place on August 24th.

14 comments:

  1. Joe Miller is a Great candidate! A constitutional conservative is just what we need. With his qualifications he will easily defeat any candidate the Democrats can put up against him. Lisa's elitist entitlement is just about over.

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  2. I have known Joe Miller for many years and believe he is a conservative individual who is not a career politician. it is time for change in Washington DC. Please take the time and get to know Joe.

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  3. Thanks for the additional feedback on Joe Miller. He isn't very well known here in Anchorage, so I look forward to him campaigning down here as well.

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  4. It's bound to be a tough race. Lisa is known to have garnered quite the treasure chest over the years (primarily from VECO and pharmaceutical companies). But she's no conservative - so I'm glad to see someone who can credibly challenge her liberal voting record.

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  5. Finally!
    Someone who has actually read the Constitution!
    Willing to step up and challenge an entrenched big government republican.
    This is the kind of man who will stand firm against the assault of socialism/communism.

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  6. I know Joe from before his move to Alaska. I disagree with him on a variety of issues, but he is a good man. I am proud to support him despite our differences of opinion. Character matters.

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  7. I have had personal experience with Miller. I can say categorically I would not hire him to do anything for me. His claim to being a Judge is bogus, he was a magistrate who served temporarily as a judge. He did not step down to run, but rather was "encouraged" to find other employment. Simply because he is anti-abortion, and claims to be a conservative is not sufficient reason to consider him a serious candidate. The guy has NEVER held elective office, and now he runs for the US Senate? Get real.

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  8. Anonymous? Based on the inaccuracies in what you just wrote, I'm betting you're simply a shill for the Murkowski campaign. And based on that fact, I am going to ignore your whining. [By the way: Your "personal experience" as an anonymous individual comes across as pretty weak.]

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  9. Wow-this guy sounds like the real deal. A real person, not a career politician, who believes in the constitution, and the power of the people. I am very intrigued.

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  10. I was one of Joe Miller's roommates at West Point. I can vouch for his character. I can also vouch for his intelligence and work ethic. I remember waking up many a night to see Joe still burning the midnight oil. He wasn't content to just get by like I was. He pushed himself harder than he had to because I think he wanted to be the best he could be. If anyone can go to Washington and make a difference, I'm convinced Joe can. I hope to see more people like him leading our country.

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  11. I'd love to have Alaska Pride weigh in on this primary race now that both Palin & the Tea Party Express have endorsed Miller.

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  12. Lisa is NOT an elitist. And I have no idea why you would even think that. She is one of the most friendly people I know and she is much more approachable than Joe will ever be. She listens to her constituents and is a TRUE Alaskan born and raised in the state. Joe Miller has only been here for sixteen years. I wouldn't even have a problem with him if he wasn't BLANTANTLY LYING about Lisa's record. I can't believe you are all supporting a liar who is destroying the record of a true great Alaskan!

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  13. Anonymous--I don't disagree that Sen. Murkowski is friendly and approachable--I have found Mr. Miller to be as well. But that would be a silly thing to base a vote upon. You could say she 'listens' to her constituents because I have *mostly* gotten replies from her on all my letters--except the hardest questions, to which she never responded. But when she listens to what I say and then votes differently anyway, just listening seems kind of pointless. What does being born in Alaska versus living here for 16 years have to do with it? Another silly thing to base a vote upon. I have looked at Sen. Murkowski's record myself--not at what Mr Miller claims. I saw that she voted for TARP, a stimulus bill, amnesty, bailing out Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, and to confirm Eric Holder. She refuses to sign the Contract From America or support term limits, or the Enumerated Powers Act. So believe it--I am voting for Joe Miller.

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  14. Independent Candidate John Pistone will win the 5th congressional district of Connecticut next.
    www.pistoneforcongress.org

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