Joe Miller agrees to pay legal fees
July 21st, 2011
03:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Joe Miller agrees to pay legal fees

(CNN) - Joe Miller, who lost a 2010 senate bid against Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, announced he won't be appealing a court order requiring that he pay state legal fees incurred in his fight to overturn the election results.

"Given the amount at issue, it simply does not make good financial sense to move forward with the appeal," Miller said in a statement Thursday. "Pyrrhic victories are not my goal. Accordingly, this court fight ends today."

After losing to tea party-backed Miller in the Republican primary, Murkowski ran as a write-in candidate in the general election in November.

When Murkowski won by 4.5 percentage points, Miller called on the Division of Elections to review the ballots in accordance to state election law, which says write-in votes must match the name of the candidate. Miller claimed all ballots with misspellings should be thrown out in a recount.

But the state had ruled as long as a voter's intent was clear on the write-in, then a misspelled ballot could be counted. The Superior Court judge rejected Miller's lawsuit, and the state's Supreme Court upheld the decision.

In June, Superior Court Judge William Carey ruled that Miller's lawsuit sought to secure something for himself–a $174,000 yearly salary as a U.S. senator–and therefore was not qualified as a public interest litigant.

He ordered Miller to pay back more than $17,000 in legal fees.

In his statement released Thursday, Miller said the judge's ruling about his motivations were false and lacked any evidence to support the claim.

"The truth is I ran for the Senate because I wanted to serve my country and represent the people of the great State of Alaska," Miller said in the statement. "I was stirred to action by a deeply held belief that our country was (and is) headed in the wrong direction, and I wanted to be part of the solution."

– CNN Political Producer Shannon Travis contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski • Senate
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Colleen

    give me a break Joe..your motives are transparent...as is the fact you are lying about them...

    July 21, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Joe Miller is another example of the parasitic relationship TP/GOP people have in the red states: they continue to suck the teat of the government they claim they despise in any way they can, while screaming about cutting the size of government, etc. There was no victory, Phyrric or otherwise, for Miller. He lost, in no small part, due to his arrogant disregard for the rules. He came across as a jack-booted thug who hired active-duty personel to beat up reporters and to use government computers for politcal purposes. I wonder if he and Alan West were roomies at West Point? If they were, West Point needs to review its admissions policy to screen applicants for their willingness to follow the rules/law.

    July 21, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    In June, Superior Court Judge William Carey ruled that Miller's lawsuit sought to secure something for himself–a $174,000 yearly salary as a U.S. senator–and therefore was not qualified as a public interest litigant.
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    So running for elected office means you're doing it for yourself??? Most people take a CUT in pay when they get elected. This bozo judge must be a Democrat.

    July 21, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. A Real Patriot

    Well Good...maybe now he can buy a real razor instead of using the BIC ones he got down at the A&P.....

    Repubs must be proud....

    July 21, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Ken in NC

    Instead of being a part of the solution, he has become a part of the problem that didn't manage to wiggle his way into the system, THANK GOD.

    July 21, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. SURPLUSES (DEFICITS) = REVENUES - EXPENSES

    Perhaps this will help to stop the frivolity of lame actions, sound bites, and court manipulations that the GOP seems so prone to. Bush v Gore, Al Franken, Joe Miller, etc.

    July 21, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Flint Rock

    Methinks this guy thinks a little bit too much of himself.

    July 21, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. a little sad

    Bummer. The Kochs are going to have to come up with $17 K for him.

    July 21, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. C. Howe Yulikit

    I sincerely hope this is the last we hear from this moron. Unfortunately, I don't think it will be.

    July 21, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    "Given the amount at issue, it simply does not make good financial sense to move forward with the appeal," Miller said in a statement Thursday. "Pyrrhic victories are not my goal. Accordingly, this court fight ends today."
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    You see, this is the problem with some people. They think laws are for other people, especially when the law incoveniences them. They will simply ignore it. Miller knows he is required by law to pay back the state. So if the amount had been higher, then he would have tried to cheat the taxpayers of Alaska. Nice guy. I'm glad he lost.

    July 21, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The truth is I ran for the Senate because I wanted to serve my country and represent the people of the great State of Alaska," Miller said in the statement."

    Yuck. Truth is, Miller needed a job, and thought the folks in Alaska would be foolish enough to supply that job for him, all expenses paid. Getting to be quite an epidemic within the GOP lately. Funny how so manyGOPers think only THEY should reap the benefits of a lucrative government salary.

    July 21, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. End GOPorate greed

    I know half-truths, half-an-effort, being half-sincere, and serving half-a-term are fashionable with the Repubs & tea-baggers, but this Joe-blow needs to either grow a beard or shave. Half-assed hair growth on your face is a sign of being just stupid and/or lazy.

    July 21, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. George

    Those dang Teapots are so cute..... he beat her for the nomination, but the voters of Alaska didn't buy his shpeel and wrote in the real republican and non-Teapot...... they took the time to write in her name..... That tells you the voters weren't to lazy to write her name.... that should have been enough for him and his cracked-pot supporters, but no, they are very sore losers and claimed a technicality to try and steal the election......
    Now that people have seen what Joe Miller is made of, I can't understand why he could win an election for dog-catcher.

    July 21, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    That awful facial hair does NOT make him look rugged or manly - it makes him look dirty and unkempt. YUK (my wife's opinion also).

    July 21, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Where Are The Jobs Romney Created in The USA...Anyone?

    Right? but you dont mind pocketing a cool $174,000 yearly salary as a U.S. senator in between!

    July 21, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. Ron

    Gee. That's nice. I guess the other option is "go to jail!"

    July 21, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Tam

    Well, duh!

    July 21, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Since the explanation of many of the republicans are to "serve my nation and find solutions to our problems"....why haven't most served in the Armed Forces of our naton? Miller wanted the "gov-ment" paycheck of 175,000 more than anything as his failed "lawyering" havent' produced enough income to pay of his "over-limit" credit cards.

    July 21, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. ART

    Hey Joe what do you know? You got spanked you Palin lovin tea bagger.

    July 21, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    @Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    In June, Superior Court Judge William Carey ruled that Miller's lawsuit sought to secure something for himself–a $174,000 yearly salary as a U.S. senator–and therefore was not qualified as a public interest litigant.
    =================================================================================================
    So running for elected office means you're doing it for yourself??? Most people take a CUT in pay when they get elected. This bozo judge must be a Democrat.
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    Uh, remember what party has dominated Alaska's politics? He was probably a GOP appointee, but, even if he weren't, he was following the law, just like your blessed St. Clarence Thomas tries to do, right? Man, you must hate it when you can't buy your way to what you want, eh? Oh, that's right, you still live in the basement with Mom and Dad, so you're doing this on their nickel. Take the blinders off.

    July 21, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Right on Judge, showing people who the real Miller really is who was supported by a nobody person like Todd highs school dropout Palin.

    July 21, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    "So running for elected office means you're doing it for yourself??? Most people take a CUT in pay when they get elected."
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    The candidate was a Tea Partier, from Alaska. I bet will be the next GOTP VP candidate.

    July 21, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ End GOPorate greed:

    Love your moniker!

    July 21, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    In June, Superior Court Judge William Carey ruled that Miller's lawsuit sought to secure something for himself–a $174,000 yearly salary as a U.S. senator–and therefore was not qualified as a public interest litigant.
    =================================================================================================
    He mistook Miller for one of the many corrupt Democrats that have lined their pockets while in office. Miller shouldn't be smeared with the slime of corrupt Democrat politicians like Rangel, Blogo, and the clown with $94K in his freezer.

    July 21, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |