August 25th, 2010
05:43 PM ET
12 years ago

An unknown Democrat in the last frontier

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="If Republican incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski is defeated in the GOP primary, her only option is to run as a write-in candidate."]Washington (CNN) – Democrats are already moving to quickly define Alaska Republican and Senate hopeful Joe Miller as an extremist candidate, but a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee had trouble Wednesday naming his own party's candidate for the office.

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse, in an appearance on ABC's "Top Line" political webcast, found himself at a loss when asked by the show's host to name the Democratic Party candidate in the race.

"Well, our candidate in Alaska … his name ... his name is not Lisa Murkowski," Woodhouse said.

It was an embarrassing moment, and one that was seized on immediately by Republicans blasting emails to reporters. And a stumble that would be forgotten if the Democratic candidate – whose name is Scott McAdams – was able to gain traction in a race thought to be firmly in Republican hands.

"A lot of people are getting to know Scott McAdams today – me included – and if Miller winds up being the nominee and promotes stuff like unemployment benefits are unconstitutional – we'll like our chances there more and more," Woodhouse said in an email to CNN.

One development that could raise Democrat's hopes for the general election is the possibility of a third party run by incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Republican who is currently trailing Miller by a small margin as that state's primary results are tallied.

However, according to Gail Fenumiai of the Alaska Division of Elections, the deadline to file nominating signatures for unaffiliated candidates to appear on the general election ballot has passed.

But Murkowski could mount a write-in campaign, which if it garnered momentum, could siphon votes away from Joe Miller, if he does top Murkowski when all the votes are counted.

"The only provision is for her to run as a write-in candidate … which would require her to file a petition to run five days in advance of the general election date," Fenumiai said.

Miller, a graduate of West Point and Yale Law School, holds a slim lead over Murkowski with about 15,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted. Miller benefited highly from the support of the Tea Party Express and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Filed under: 2010 • Alaska
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Let the country have Republicans in office because it appears people won't be satisfied until they get the "good old Bush years back".

    August 25, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    Sarah Palin's politics didn't make this trouble for Senator Murkowski.
    Senator Murkowski's politics built the yellow brick road for Joe Miller's entrance.

    August 25, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. Pragmatic

    The truth about the Last Frontier? !

    Alaska, is a state that produces a disproportionate quantity of anti-government rhetoric, has had Republican governors since 2002 and whose congressional delegation is dominated by Republicans as well.

    For the past decade, Alaska has been among the top three state recipients of federal funding, per capita. Usually, Alaska is far ahead - sometimes three times as far ahead - of most other states in the union.

    Which is why Alaskan all get a check from their state government each year – and pay few to no taxes!

    August 25, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. jim

    To dems anyone that runs for office that doesn't accept their radical agenda to socialize America will be called extremist.

    August 25, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |

    The republicans had a good candidate and they let the Tea Party nuts vote in someone who is so extreme that there's no way he can win once the rest of the public find out just how crazy he is. Just like Angle in Nevada, she has the exact same agenda and she will never win. Not only are they too extreme, they're nuts!

    Vote NO in November to the party of NO.

    August 25, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Disgusted

    If Miller wins both the primary and the general election, I think that he should be true to his principles and REJECT the excessive amounts of U.S. taxpayer money that has been sent to Alaska since it joined the union.

    Alaska gets nearly $5 for each $1 it contributes to the US Treasury through income taxes. If Miller and his fellow Tea Partiers are truly committed to deficit reduction, they will say that reduced government spending begins in their state.

    I won't hold my breath though. He and his cohorts, including Caribou Barbie and most of the officials from states located south of the Mason-Dixon line, are nothing but opportunistic HYPOCRITES. And those of us who have been paying for Seward's Folly and the former Confederacy know it.

    August 25, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. malabar

    his name will be known. as the one name not worth remembering. campign on that

    August 25, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. Not fooled

    Miller and Sharon Angle sound a lot alike. Alaska Tea Partiers send back your SS benefits and your unemployment benefits so we can balance the budget. Medicare is also one of the biggest drain. So don't accept that either. But about dropping the Dept. of Education you might want to keep that.
    Keep following "You betcha " and you will end up homeless , penniless, and uneducated. You people are following her like sheep. I feel sorry for you.

    August 25, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. ajax

    you know you don't have much of a chance when you can't even remember the name of your Candidate . Ha! Ha! Ha! i don't care what you say that's funny...................................

    August 25, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. The Game Is Afoot . . . The Die Is Cast . . . Tea Party Candidates for Senate In . . .

    Colorado, Nevada, Kentucky and Alaska. All seats the G.O.P. was guaranteed to win with their establishment candidates.
    All four will see republican defeat snatched from the jaws of certain victory.

    August 25, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. PJ States

    Democrats are the party of "NO" to other Americans. Democrats have nothing to offer themselves, so they try to attack republicans. You dummies!

    August 25, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    I guess the people of Alaska are as dumb as their half term governor. They deserve everything they get from the lower 48. They are the butt of jokes already and they just proved what a bunch of retarded people they are.
    I bet they still think the quitter is helping them and Alaska.
    Unless this will help the Democratic candidate in November they are useless. Move to Russia!

    August 25, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. colo

    the dnc needs to pull its head out and start representing. may not like the republicans or sarah palin, but at least she shows up. media is always reporting about republican candidates because they have support of big names in the for-front. Whos out representing for alaska dems, arizona dems even kansas dems? NO BIDEN, NO CLINTON, NO DEAN! NO support from the party. YOU run your left out in the wind to dangle on your own. Obama has enough on his plate can't show up for ever dem. and shouldn't. SHOW UP DNC!!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. frogwalloper

    "Unknown democrat," is a contradiction in terms. One democrat's the same as the next – same with republicans. When will real people run for office? I'd like to vote for one of them.

    August 25, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. frank thomas

    As a Democrat it is encouraging to see these extremists run as Republican,s <if any one of them are finally elected will be a real time out for what is happening in the U.S. today, all Democrats will have to vote to eliminate this threat to our democracy.

    August 25, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. No Incumbents

    Woodhouse needs to be taken to the woodshed and fired. No wonder the Democrats keep losing elections.

    August 25, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |