August 27th, 2010
01:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Miller: NRSC 'meddling' in Alaska primary

Senate hopeful Joe Miller holds a thin margin in the Alaska GOP Senate primary.
Senate hopeful Joe Miller holds a thin margin in the Alaska GOP Senate primary.

Washington (CNN) - Republican Senate hopeful Joe Miller, who holds a razor thin advantage as Alaska prepares to tally absentee votes in the wake of Tuesday's primary, says he is now concerned the National Republican Senatorial Committee is "meddling" in the race.

"We are concerned, we've got, I think, some game play going on here with the National Republican Senatorial Committee meddling in our primary election," Miller said Thursday during an interview on Fox Business Network.

The NRSC dispatched Sean Cairncross, the committee's general counsel, to Alaska on Thursday at the request of incumbent Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

But the NRSC says that Miller will have the committee's support if he prevails.

"At the end of the day, it's the voters of Alaska who will have decided this race and the NRSC will wholeheartedly support whichever candidate is chosen as the Republican nominee. We have communicated that to both campaigns and we intend to keep this seat in Republican hands," NRSC communications director Brian Walsh said in an email to CNN.

With 100 percent of election night precincts now reporting, Miller holds a 1668 vote advantage over Murkowski, but absentee ballots, which a significant number of Alaskans use to vote, have yet to be counted.

Alaska law stipulates that ballots must be counted no later than 15 days after Election Day.

The uncertainty led Miller to compare the primary to the 2008 Minnesota Senate race, where a close vote count led to months of legal wrangling between Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken, who eventually prevailed.

"Frankly we are looking right now to make sure that the election, the votes are accounted for fairly without any type of game play," Miller said. "It concerns us anytime that somebody lawyers up and you know, tries to pull an Al Franken, if you will. We are very concerned that there may be some attempt here to skew the results."

Miller's only previous foray into politics was a loss in the 2004 state representative race, and the results of Tuesday's primary shocked political observers.

Miller made big government a key issue and campaigned against Murkowski as not conservative enough - striking just the right chords with the Tea Party Express, the most well known national Tea Party organization, which ultimately poured a half-million dollars into the race to try to knock out the state's senior senator.

The political newcomer also scored a big endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who endorsed him early in the race.


Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Joe Miller • NRSC
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The republican party has been hi-jacked by the far right. Now they are trying to saboutage their extremist candidate. You republicans created these morons, so now you have to deal with it.

    August 27, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Ellen

    Of course they are meddling. That's how they got the Supreme Court to "elect" Bush.

    August 27, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This guy Miller isn't too bright, Al Franken is seated, and he needs to "man up" and fight his own battle. Take the skirt off, stop whinning and put on some boxing gloves.

    August 27, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    I find it odd that Miller made such a comment?

    August 27, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. vic

    Last December republicans believed they will gain the majority in congress now they don’t

    August 27, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    He's paranoid - must be an Alaskan thing. They're all that way and want to spread it around the entire country. Kick 'em all out.

    August 27, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. anotherGDlefty

    Yeah, you wouldn't want AK to pull an Al Franken....you know, where all the votes are counted before a winner is chosen. Damn democracy.

    The tea party nuts are hell bent on taking us back to the 50's.....the 1850's.

    August 27, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. andy

    HaHaHa Even republicans are scared of this guy.
    I just see it in his eyes tha he's a crook, but that never disqualifies GOP nominees.

    August 27, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Irma in North Carolina

    Well Alaska was dumb enough to vote Sarah in for governor and now it looks like there were dumb enough to vote for a racist tea party person. You would of thought Alaska learned its lesson the first time. You also would of learned that Sarah is nothing but hate and lies, It is such a shane her parents brought her up this way.

    August 27, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Please anyone but Lisa Murkowski. She is a stooge for Big Oil and a fraud.

    August 27, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    That's what the politicians do.......they wangle every way possible to get who they want elected......one way or another.

    August 27, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Djinn

    The GOP is now reaping its own bitter harvest. In trying to scrape up enough ideologue votes to regain the congress they have followed the Tundra Twit into lunacy and now find themselves out of control of their own party. Angle, this idiot, Tancredo and others across the country have gotten just enough legitimate Republican support that the Grand Old Party has become a pathetic scene out of a 1940s Western with each fast draw artist trying to take over what is essentially an outlaw gang. The joke, however, is on the American people since the sponsors of this attention-drawing spectacle are the very elite of the Robber Barons of the 21st century. The Koch brothers are laughing derisively at the abject stupidity of the very people that have been drawn into this un-American activity.

    August 27, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. chill

    Hey nitwit, it wasn't Franken that tried to reverse the vote in MN. He was the declared winner.

    August 27, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. montag

    "Frankly we are looking right now to make sure that the election, the votes are accounted for fairly without any type of game play," Miller said.

    You mean like Gore v. Bush in Florida during the 2000 election, Joe?

    Right-wing hypocritical whackjob.

    August 27, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Limbaugh is a liberal

    The NRSC meddling in local elections? Hold the press, this is BIG news... So big I almost turned in my sleep.

    August 27, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Eric

    The RINO party officials can't handle the fact that conservatives have moved beyond the "R" label.

    You either ARE a conservative, or you are not. And we've held our noses and thrown our support behind RINOs for the last time.

    The RINO party bosses are literally and figuratively fh!tt!ng their pants right now, because the party doesn't control conservatives... we control the party.

    August 27, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Peter E

    'Pull an Al Franken?' Did you mean pull a Norm Coleman? After the votes have been tallied Franken was ahead. And yet for months Coleman refused to recognize that and tried to overturn votes through the courts. Republicans are sore losers.

    August 27, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. larry

    Miller said. "It concerns us anytime that somebody lawyers up and you know, tries to pull an Al Franken, if you will."
    Oh, you mean when someone tries to get all votes are counted they are doing a bad thing? What a Nazi concept you have.
    The NRSC says, "we intend to keep this seat in Republican hands", to which Miller responded, "If it's my seat, then I want those hands to be big and sweaty".

    August 27, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Miller and the crazy lady from Nevada can vacation together because neither of you are going to Washington. Two Tea Bagger nut cases.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    August 27, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. John

    Don't worry Mr Miller you Saran Palin and the Tea Party backing you,both that a bunch of Racist people so don't worry. With the backer you have you shouldn't win any how.

    August 27, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. Silence DoGood

    if you go against the status quo (Repubs and Dem circus) you get dealt with very quickly and severely.

    This is the best argument FOR a second major party in this country besides the Demo-Repub-ocrat-licans.

    August 27, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Uncle Snerdly

    Half the state is in the pocket of big oil and half are poor eskimos that cant read.

    August 27, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. malabar

    if he loses he should still run in the general

    August 27, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |