(Updated at 6:32 p.m. ET)
(CNN) – The campaign for Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller removed a tweet Friday from its Twitter page that suggested "the oldest profession" was comparable to the possibility his primary candidate, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, might "sell out" the Republican Party to run as a Libertarian Party candidate.
The apparent reference to prostitution comes as Sen. Murkowski is down 1,680 votes and thousands of absentee ballots have yet to be counted in Tuesday's surprise cliff-hanger race for the Republican nomination.
"What's the difference between selling out your party's values and the oldest profession?" the tweet read.
A link to a news article in the Daily Caller regarding the possibility that Murkowski would run as a Libertarian Party candidate followed the text of the tweet, which was removed from the candidate's twitter page minutes after it went out to his 2,600 followers.
A spokesman for Miller's campaign said a staffer had written the message, but the reference to prostitution was aimed at the Libertarian Party and not Murkowski.
"[The staffer was] not suggesting in any way that Sen. Murkowski is prostituting herself," said campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto.
DeSoto said the staffer removed the tweet after realizing it was rapidly spreading on Twitter and nearly everyone was interpreting it as an attack on Murkowski.
Murkowski responded to the tweet Friday evening, calling it a "smear campaign."
"Alaskans deserve better. This type of statement is inexcusable from someone who wants to represent our state," Murkowski said in a statement. "While I have been focused on the remaining ballots, the Miller campaign has launched yet another smear campaign against me. They lied about my record during the primary and now they have resorted to name-calling–it's disgusting."
"Mr. Miller owes all Alaskans, women and my family an apology," Murkowski added.
The Alaska Libertarian Party has indicated they would move aside their current candidate for Senate if Murkowski would join the ticket. Murkowski has previously said she's not considering her options outside the Republican Party vowing to stay in the race until every vote is counted.
Nearly 10,000 absentee ballots will not be counted until next week, but Murkowski would need to secure a hefty margin in order to claim victory
If Miller were to secure the Republican nomination and Murkowski did not want to drop her candidacy, she could either run as a write-in candidate or join an existing party–such as the Libertarian Party. The deadline to file for an independent bid in the state has passed.
(Updated at 6:32 p.m. ET with Sen. Murkowski's response)
It's a sad day in Alaska when the best and the brightest are nowhere to be found the race !
Second world thinking !
Independents should WAKE UP and observe how the RepubliCAN'Ts are beating themselves up in the most 'nastiest' way possible, and the ones who will prevail are the 'far-right' PALINized – BECKlandish – ginGRINCH type that 'do not' deserve to be in office. If this is what Americans want, then they should keep 'leaning' to the right and later regret it.
DEMOCRATS NEED TO GET OUT AND VOTE!!!! This election is more important than the 2008 Presidential Election because we cannot go BACKWARDS!!!!!
The real reason that Lisa Murkowski's numbers are down is because she didn't want to run a negative campaign. How refreshing. Unfortunately, negativity is a plus in a Repuglican's mind, so Joe Miller is a front runner because of his trash talking campaign ads. See? It works for the right wing hate mongers. He should leave the tweet about prostitution alone, cause it will probably just improve his image.
Win or lose in November, the Democrats will get there by not lowering themselves to the standards of the righties.
SO VERY PROUD TO BE A PEACE LOVIN' LIBERAL!!!!
Then WHAT did the staffer mean???? It's so ironic how RepubliCAN'Ts put their foot in the mouth ONE WAY – and when caught – they only pull half of it out – ANOTHER WAY!!! And they get away with it!!
But you know what – this is just 'White on White' crime because that is all you see out there!!! The only African American – beside Meeks – is the RepubliCAN'T plant in SC – GREENE – and for that, you can call it a 'white on black' CRIME!!!
Yay Republicans – eat your own!
Palin supports Miller and obviously Miller has no respect for women to deal such a low blow. It says a lot about Palin and her so-called platform for women.
Alaskans know about prostitution – the ratio of men to women is such that the "girls" can make a fortune. Even some of the gay guys do quite well. Visit sometime and watch.
LOVE those Peace Lovin' Liberals!!! (((( hugs))))
And yeah....... we need to get out the Vote Democrats!
It is sad, that negative campaigning is what "wins"....... there is no intelligent debate, no intelligent answers or solutions just vile. Thanks to the GOP who coined the "negative campaign."
How about it America? Vote NO in NOvember for the Party of NO.
All of you Alaskans are being PIMPED by Miller......
I would love to see the the Repubs AND the Dems left out. How about a Tea-Party and a Green party run off?
The Dems and Repubs have lied to us for long enough.
The t-baggers have so many lies and so much hate to spread, and so few days left to do it.
wow! with this guy being the republicant canidate, alaska may end up with two liberal senators! has that ever happend?
Teabagging rhetoric at its classiest. LOL
I wonder if the half-governor is going to take back her endorsement. You know how she likes to play that sexist card.
Way to stay classy, Miller.
Fits right in with Palin.
LacrosseMom(the real one) August 27th, 2010 5:32 pm ET
It is sad, that negative campaigning is what "wins"....... there is no intelligent debate, no intelligent answers or solutions just vile.
I agree – not only is there no intelligent dabate, many repub candidates are hiding from debating at all. And hiding from any question not previously vetted.
I guess Joe thinks if trashing women worked for Ben Q., it should help him. What a stupid thing for him to say. Love those conservative values. Did they perfect them at the bondage club?
The Alaska political scene is so corrupt that I found myself sympathetic to Lisa Murkowski. What is sad about this is that if you establish someone like Sarah Palin as the standard, every other candidate becomes the smartest kid in the dumb class!
I'm sure the Tea Party guy is a total moron, but at the same time, it's hard to see a downside to ending the Murkowski Dynasty in Alaska.
Lisa and her father Frank have been two of the biggest shills Big Oil ever bought. If you want to talk about people to blame for the recent BP spill, the Murkowskis had a lot of input into our current deregulated way of letting the oil companies police themselves.
Oh how the bigoted racism and hatred is spewed by the "tolerant" liberals. Since Obama was elected, Democrats have become the most hatefilled people I have ever met.
It takes two participants and some dollars for the act of prostitution to occur, Miller are you one of the participants and how much did you pay? may be I can afford too!!
These are the tweets of a teabugger and sarah supported candidate. They all belong is Alaska or a Very hot place!
Those pesky teabaggers and their leader the half term governor. This guy has gone from a complete unknown to a miserable human being. Then again it IS Alaska and he already has that other woman who is a first class money grabbing ho to emulate.
I guess he is not running as a "christian", right?
Thanks AK, once again, for giving us another regarded moron from your state. It's so appreciated in the lower 48.
Another Tea Party idiot saying what they really believe.
What a class act. The next congress is shaping to be a rodeo. Yee Haw!
This guy is a waste! He is preaching the same extremist right wing religious and free market economic wahhabism the rest of the Tea Party is spouting. They call for freedom, but only freedom for them, not for the rest of us. Be afraid America, these are the nuts that could be elected to Congress to run our government and our country...right over a cliff.
If you vote GOP this fall, kiss the middle class goodbye.