Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. today at his Anchorage campaign headquarters to discuss issues arising from his previous employment as an attorney with the Fairbanks North Star Borough. His campaign has been beset by questions about the end of his employment and about whether he inappropriately used borough equipment for partisan political activity.
Several media outlets, including the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, have made multiple public records requests of the borough regarding Miller’s employment and his activities while working as a part-time attorney from 2002 to 2009. The borough has said it can only release a limited amount of material because Miller has declined to sign a broad release that would free the borough to disclose and discuss more material, including his personnel file.
Miller spokesman Randy DeSoto late Sunday declined to answer a general question about whether Miller had used borough equipment for partisan political activity. And he declined to answer a specific question about whether Miller used borough equipment in an attempt to unseat Randy Ruedrich as Republican Party chairman in 2008. Miller, a regional Republican Party chairman at the time, was a vocal leader in the effort to remove Ruedrich.
“The purpose of the press conference is to address his employment at the borough, including the records request,” DeSoto said. “You may anticipate that other issues will be covered as well.”
Well I certainly hope "other issues will be covered as well" because the voters of this state have a lot of questions.
"Why did you only serve three years of active duty after leaving West Point when the requirement is five years of service?"
"You told Phil Munger that you were a seriously disabled veteran. What is the nature of your disability and do you collect disability compensation from the military?"
"You have advocated cutting federal spending which includes having Alaska refuse federal dollars. Since one third of our economy is based on those federal dollars how would you replace them? And are you considering reinstituting state income taxes, which we currently do not pay, to cover that loss?"
"And finally how do you get your beard length to say halfway between pre-adolescent teenage boy and a real Alaskan man's facial hair? Do you suffer from a hormonal imbalance perhaps? Or is THAT the 'serious disability' that you told Phil about?"
So these are just a few of the question that I am hoping reporters will ask at this press conference.
What do you think the chances are that they will get asked?
Yeah you are right, probably not very good.
Oh hell then I guess I am going!
Save me a seat butt-boy!