October 27th, 2010
01:04 PM ET
4 years ago

TRENDING: Murkowski hits Miller for past disciplinary action

(CNN) – Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is taking aim at rival Joe Miller amid news the Tea-Party backed Senate candidate lied to his superiors regarding improper use of government computers in 2008, according to documents about disciplinary actions taken in the matter and obtained by several Alaska media organizations.

"I believe Alaskans disagree with the severity of his actions and they expect more out of all employees serving in government positions – especially out of someone running for the United States Senate," Murkowski said in a statement.

"The bottom line is Joe cheated, he lied, tried to cover it up, lied again, then finally got caught and had to admit it, just as he lied to Alaskans when he initially denied any problems with his employment at the Borough, claiming his record was 'exceptional' and 'second to none,'" she added.

The documents' release came after a series of news organizations, including the Associated Press, the Alaska Dispatch, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Anchorage Daily News made an open records request and initiated a subsequent lawsuit.

Miller, who in 2008 worked as a part time attorney to the Fairbanks North Star Burough, told superiors that he initially lied when asked about his use of government computers for political activities. Later admitting to improper use, Miller told his superiors there was "no excuse" for his actions and was willing to accept appropriate punishment for them.

"I lied about accessing all of the computers. I then admitted about accessing the computers, but lied about what I was doing. Finally, I admitted what I did," Miller said in a statement to his manager.

Miller was suspended for three days and required to participate in an employee assistance program.

According to Miller's written statement at the time, the future candidate used government computers to anonymously take part in an online political poll and then cleared the computers' caches in an effort to cover up his actions. Miller's actions were part of an effort to oust the state's GOP chairman ahead of party convention.

Miller left his job entirely later for reasons he maintains had nothing to do with the incident.


Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. JonDie

    Joe Miller of the Tea Party is a liar. Just like Sarah Palin. How shocking!

    October 27, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Dave

    While I believe that no one running for office today is pure as the driven snow, Joe Miller has consistently set low standards for himself on the campaign trail and failed to achieve them. This revelation coming on the beating and handcuffing of a reporter by his security staff is really shining the white hot spotlight on this guy. Hopefully the good people of Alaska have enough sense not to send this goofball to the Senate.

    October 27, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Sharon

    I have seen these documents posted on Anchorage Daily News website, and have been following Joe Millerr's campaign. This man does appear to like to lie and undeniably has continued this unethical lying pattern. He even lied during his present campaign saying he did nothing wrong. Documents prove he lied. And he actually founght courts to cover up these public records.

    What everyone is also missing in all of this - almosty a year later 2009 when he finally turned in his resignation Joe Miller deleted all of his public document emails. These are public documents! Joe Miller as an attorney knew what he was doing deleting these public emails. Shocking as emails also contained cases he was working on and Burough needed information. Joe Miller continued pursuit of deceit, as his final stroke of unethical activity by deleting all of his public emails as he left the Burough.

    Seems like Joe Miller has not changed. He continues to lie! He had his security guards arrest a newsreporter attempting to interview him. Police declined filing charges against news reporter. And security guards were not even currently licensed on day they made a citizens arrest.

    How can Sarah Palin defend Joe Miller?? But she is! Here she is one who claims to be against abuse and susposedly cleaned up Alaska??? Used same claims of illegal use of computers on public time and her filing of charges against that political foe as one of her main campaign stances when she got elected as Governor of Alaska. Seems Sarah Palin doesn't really care about honesty as she claimed in past.

    Lots more on Joe Millers covering up on other things too. No one should vote for this man, or any politician that demonstrates such dispicable unethical infractions, and presently continues doing so.

    October 27, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Johnny Five

    The AP and other controlled state liberal news media are attempting to hurt GOP candidates in these last few weeks. Where was the AP when most of the country was demanding information on Bush and Obama? They have massive amounts of records the public needs to know about. Do you job or go back to Germany!

    October 27, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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