Friday, December 31, 2010

Joe Miller Acknowledges Reality, Will Not Continue Court Fight, Formally Ends His U.S. Senate Campaign Against Lisa Murkowski

Apparently recognizing that the chances of success at the liberal-dominated 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals were dim, Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller announced on December 31st, 2010 that he does not intend to appeal the decision levied by U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline to reject his challenge to Lisa Murkowski's re-election. Thus Joe Miller is ending a lengthy, controversial, but courageous campaign to replace Murkowski. ADN photos available HERE. KTUU Channel 2 news video below:

 

At his first formal news conference since October 11th, Miller thanked his supporters and said the time has come to accept the practical realities of court decisions that have been unanimous in ruling against his challenge. He said he would remain a voice for smaller government, less federal spending and other issues favored by the tea party. But Miller also believes he raised legitimate issues in his case against the state's election officials.

Indeed, there are three factors which may have made Miller's decision more palatable to him:

-- In his 14-page decision, Judge Beistline acknowledged that the Alaska statute regarding write-in votes is somewhat unclear, and urged the Alaska State Legislature to act to clarify it to avoid similar disputes in the future. But Judge Beistline imposed no order upon the state to take corrective action.

-- New Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell also implicitly acknowledged the need for a review of procedures. Treadwell plans an internal review of the state's handling of the election and will work with the state Department of Law and Division of Elections on the review. Although Treadwell doesn't anticipate the administration proposing any changes to election law at this point in time, his intent is to look at the more controversial points of the elections -- things like providing voters who ask with a list of qualified write-in candidates and the issue of voter intent -- and find out what lessons were learned and what might be improved.

-- Alaska State Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) is looking at how other states handle write-in ballots. While he currently has no specific legislation in mind, he believes the option of clarifying the law -- stressing that voter intent matters -- should be explored. He intends to talk with fellow lawmakers to see if there is support for a change.

While Joe Miller initially set out to try to question and overturn the election of Lisa Murkowski, his second goal was to highlight the dichotomy between Alaska Statute 15.15.360 (11), which calls for precise spelling of a candidate's name, vs. 6 AAC 25.670(b), which permits voter discretion. Miller acknowledged the statements of Treadwell and Wielechowski as validation of his court challenges. He did not intend to call Murkowski and personally concede, since by virtue of his statement tody, he has effectively conceded. Murkowski was officially certified the winner of the election on December 30th. Watch CNN news video below:



Miller didn't announce his future plans, other than a trip to Disneyland with his family if he can afford it (he is essentially living off money the campaign paid him back for a $100,000 loan he'd made at the beginning of the race), but said he would not reopen his Fairbanks law office. He was noncommittal about any future run for office. He will remain an advocate for constitutional conservatism. A December 28th Alaska Dispatch article speculates more in depth on Miller's possible political future.

2 comments:

  1. Concession: Simple minded Blacks are twice as intelligent as the most intelligent White. Black people invented everything on the planet since 4004 B.C. Jews invented planet Pluto and Blacks showed them were to put it. From Plato to Tesla, each and every genius has been a Black person. Columbus and Eric the Red were both Black people. God is Black. Jesus was a Black man. The pyramids were built by Black people. If a history book mentions some White man doing anything significant, then it is something he stole from the Black people. After all, Black people were here on the planet first, which means God favored them. Anytime you see a White man doing anything other than drooling and scratching his anus, he is copying ideas of the Black man.
    White people are criminals, imbeciles, degenerates and the most evil pieces of shit known. Even buzzards will not stoop so low as to eat their rotting flesh. White people are the embodiment of universal filth.

    OK, you have convinced me of the wondrous attributes of Black is Beautiful, but I remain somewhat bewildered. If Whites are so rotten, and despicable, then why are all the non-Whites trying to get into the lands where they live?

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  2. Reat, from the planet Carbunk, zipped to earth one day in his Northrup R-32 UFO. It was his first trip there. He wandered about for a while and came across the Eloi basking in the sun. The Eloi had hair like the sun; skin the color of pure clouds and eyes like the rich blue sky. He gave them a name. It was Trepinom'ze, meaning in Reat's language, things which move but aren't purple. Later, in his travels, he came across other moving objects similar to the Trepinom'ze, but with fat lips with which they peeled long yellow fruit. They were as dark looking as the inside of his secondary rectum. (This was an evolutionary feature. A spare in case one failed.) Their eyes were black and so was their outer surface. Reat named them Trepinom'zud and wondered how things could be dark in the light. It indeed was very mysterious.
    When Reat returned to his furschluginer planet he described the Trepinom'ze and the Trepinom'zud. He was interrupted by his superior, Hillilaf, who said authoritatively, "Don't you know that there is no such thing as Trepinom. We proved that before you took that trip."

    "But," cried Reat, "I saw light which was light in the light and dark which was dark in the light. The dark was dark in the dark and the light was dark in the dark. In the light they were not the same. In the dark, I could smell the difference."

    Hillilaf cautioned, "Dear faithful comrade, if the critters on that inferior planet can't tell the difference, then why should we have an interplanetary squabble over it. Heck, to heck, I'll bet they'll eat anything, including each other."

    And it came to pass that Reat rested on the seventh day.

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