September 30th, 2010
07:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Miller campaign deletes more tweets

(CNN) - The tweets are a-flyin' in the last great frontier. Again.

Alaska GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller's campaign has deleted at least four tweets published on its official Twitter account Wednesday night that imply Miller feels his election is all but certain.

"Think I'll do some house hunting while I'm in DC," one of them read.

And then: "Guess I should pick out some office furniture, as well …"

Plus: "Then there's matter of a name plaque for the door."

Miller's campaign spokesman, Randy DeSoto, told CNN on Thursday that "a volunteer was responsible for the tweets last night and will no longer have access to the account."

Miller's Democratic opponent, Scott McAdams, fired back Thursday with a tweet of his own.

"[Joe Miller:] While you're in DC picking out office furniture, I'm in Anchorage introducing my plan to get Alaskans back to work," the tweet read.

A spokesman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who lost to Miller in the GOP primary last month and is now running write-in campaign to keep her job, said, "for someone who wants to be a freshman senator, this is pretty sophomoric."

It's not the first time Miller's campaign has blamed a controversial tweet on a low-level staffer.

On August 27 – as the outcome of a GOP primary remained unclear and a recount was pending – Miller's campaign published a tweet that suggested "the oldest profession" was comparable to the possibility that Murkowski might "sell out" the Republican Party to run as third-party candidate.

"[The staffer was] not suggesting in any way that Sen. Murkowski is prostituting herself," DeSoto said at the time. He 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's campaign called it a "smear campaign."

A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday shows Miller is statistically tied with Murkowski, holding a 38 to 36 percent point lead. McAdams has the support of 22 percent of likely voters. The poll's margin of error is plus/minus 3 percentage points.

–CNN's Adam Aigner-Treworgy and Todd Sperry contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Joe Miller
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. pccel

    To date, Miller has blamed all his "controversial" tweets on some one other than himself; of course, this speaks to his obviously poor choice of staffers. Do Alaskans really want some one like this in the Senate?

    September 30, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Greg

    It's always a staffer's fault. Just ask Christine O'Donnell. This man is nothing less than a used car salesman. What idiot would cast a vote for him?

    September 30, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    Most people wait until they have been in DC awhile to get arrogant. Maybe your joking or not but not good Joe, not good!
    As for Murkowski and crew, you lost! You are now making this election about YOU! Not good Lisa, not good!

    September 30, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. vic, Nashville TN

    Time to delete his name from ballot

    September 30, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. sierraseven

    Mr. Miller actually had those tweets posted on his campaign website yesterday, so it's a bit hard to believe that he did not know about them.

    But the bottom line is: either he wrote them himself – in which case he is responsible for them – or someone working for him wrote them – in which case he is responsible for them. Something he should have learned as an Army officer.

    Perhaps like his mentor, Mrs. Palin, the sign on his desk reads "The Buck Stops Anywhere But Here".

    September 30, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. Please

    Nice, already blaming other people. He is sure going to fit right in in DC.

    September 30, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    And the Conservatives call President Obama .......arrogant! Talk about arrogance! Alaska, IS this whom you are going to vote for???????

    September 30, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |

    VOTE JOE MILLER!!! His little mistakes are not enough to allow radical leftists (Murkowski and McAdams) in Washington D.C.!!!

    September 30, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    "It's not the first time Miller's campaign has blamed a controversial tweet on a low-level staffer."

    What is it – these campaigns hire LOW-LEVEL people so they can blame them if TWEETS get out of hand. I guess that is in the JOB DESCRIPTION when they apply:

    WANTED: Low-level, low-life campaign flunky is needed so he can do all of our TWEETS and say what we want to say but can't. Paying $8 per hour. The only stipulation is if you get CAUGHT Tweeting inappropriate, hate filled, racist and bigot remarks, you will be terminated with two weeks severance pay. Only arrogant Republican TWEETERS should apply!! rotflmao

    P.S. You are allowed to drink 'Miller High Life' while working!!!

    VOTERS in AK – vote with your head and keep Miller out of office!!!

    This is T'SAH and I approve this message!!!

    September 30, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. No Tea For Me

    Talk about counting your chickens before they hatch. What a egomaniac Miller is.

    September 30, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. Chris

    Awesome. So if he does win, voters can rest at night knowing he's pompous, pretentious and egotistical.

    I'm surprised he didn't tweet: "LOL...time to get to know the lobbyists so I can bring their dreams to life!"

    He'll fit in well in DC. Gone are the days where politicians work for the people. He'll be nothing but a voice for the lobbyists and special interests.

    September 30, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. Victor Loplame

    The Fox party in action.

    September 30, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. Tricia AK

    one can see why Palin backed him, his ego is almost as big as hers. think he'll be in for a nasty comeuppance in November when Alaskans fill in the oval and write in Lisa M-U-R-K-O-W-S-K-I. I know I will.

    September 30, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I guess there's no reason for Alaskans to vote because Miller doesn't believe in their Constitutional right to vote, he's already taken the job. Vote "M U R K O W S K I" and write it down so Miller doesn't steal your vote like he's trying to steal the office. Vote "M U R K O W S K I", write it down.

    September 30, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. GaryOwen27

    Well, he does have an indorsement from the Sow Grizzly..........

    September 30, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. Shannon

    What is up with this crazy bunch of Republicans, their arrogance is astounding. They thrive on violence, threatening reporters, calling for people to shoot the Senate leader. I guess they are brave with their tweets and their guns, but they can't answer a question from a reporter, they run from the press, what a bunch of losers.

    September 30, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. U.S. Common Sense

    I see no issue with this. Campaigns often put out flourishing messages like that to their supporters as a means to keep energy up.

    September 30, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  18. Iggy

    Wait, a Tea Party candidate acting like a clueless loudmouth halfwit? Go figure...

    September 30, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. FedUpRepublican

    Yes, they’re all so adept at pointing fingers. No apologies. No responsibility. No accountability. It’s ALWAYS someone else’s fault. These arrogant fools are perfect fits for Washington. They’re all as bad, if not worse than the idiots they’re trying to replace. The same applies to their lying sycophant mouthpieces.

    September 30, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  20. GonzoinHouston

    One might think that a character like Miller would have no chance of being elected to the Senate. Remember, though, that these are the same people who elected Sarah Palin as their governor.

    September 30, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. D0 not reply to this

    WHY would anyone want to reply to this when there are many other ways of stating their opinion and NOT get censored!?

    September 30, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. Measuring The Drapes + Karma = . . .

    Sure Loser

    It also doesn't help when you want to end Social Security, Medicare, Veteran's benefits and are an out-of-state Yale elitist.

    September 30, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. L.C.

    Who would let a low level staffer have access to their Twitter account? That's not a very good idea. Since there are programs that can schedule Tweets ahead of schedule, they should be able to do it themselves! If it happens once it might be possible that it was a mistake, but this is the fifth tweet.

    September 30, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. jim

    CNN can't help themselves but take sides in this election. They don't like tea party backed candidates and are trying to influence the election by trashing their campaigns. This is why you will continue to lose viewers.

    September 30, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |