November 12th, 2010
02:14 PM ET
11 years ago

Fresh legal challenge, and activist with controversial history, enter Alaska Senate drama

Juneau, Alaska (CNN) – Amid dramatic new twists and turns in the nation's last, undecided Senate race enters a conservative with an activist past that is revered by some and reviled by others.

His political resume includes a current effort to impeach President Obama, the past Bill Clinton & Gennifer Flowers drama - and authoring one of the most notorious political attack ads in modern history, the "Willie Horton" ad.

Those elements are now being mentioned as fierce and mounting legal challenges play out, and as arguments over perfect name spellings and misspellings intensify, in the Alaska Senate battle.

Floyd Brown has signed on to help the Miller campaign amid the looming vote count between Republican incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski and GOP opponent, Joe Miller.

After laying out the campaign's way forward in a press conference from the site of the vote counting in Juneau on Thursday, Brown spoke exclusively to CNN.

On Friday, the Miller campaign intends to file another lawsuit in this race. Its suit from earlier this week was filed in a federal court. Friday's will be filed in a state court in Juneau.

The Miller campaign will file its newest case, "asking for the list of voters, where we're going to do a complete and full audit, and make sure that the ballots counted in each precinct actually number with the people that signed on the voter rolls," Brown announced to reporters.

"We've requested it repeatedly, for a number of days," Brown continued, referring to the state's Division of Elections. "And they've consistently refused to give it to us."

Brown also laid out another potentially explosive concern: the Miller campaign is worried about potential voter fraud and threats.

"There have been serious allegations of fraud. Allegations of voter intimidation, voter bullying," Brown said. He said voters have been phoning some talk radio outlets with personal stories. Brown also mentioned a signed affidavit that alleges voter fraud from a poll watcher from Fairbanks.

"A lot of them have been threatened with their livelihoods," Brown said of potential vote abuse victims.

"The stories of manipulation are just mind boggling."

The campaign set up a hotline to feed stories from voters to law enforcement.

Kevin Sweeney, Murkowski campaign manager, swiftly responded in a press conference.

"We remain confident that 98-percent of all the votes that have been cast as a write-in are being credited for Lisa Murkowski," Sweeney said.

Currently, they've counted just over 45,000 of the roughly 92,000 write-in ballots they've gotten so far, the Division of Elections has "sorted" nearly 98-percent into stacks as votes for Murkowski. The tallies are unofficial – none have been added to any candidate's actual vote until the legal battle over them plays out.

Sweeney added, "Faced with those same numbers…it appears that for the Miller campaign it's become desperation time."

Regarding voter stories of fraud, Sweeney accused Brown of "making accusations without giving any meat to those accusations."

Meanwhile could Brown, as the messenger for these claims, distract from the Miller campaign's message?

In the exclusive interview with CNN, Brown talked about his brushes with controversy.

Brown said that as private citizen he is "involved in" an effort to impeach President Obama. One of its vehicles is the website, ""

CNN pressed Brown on the grounds for impeaching the president.

"On a number of different grounds," Brown said, referring CNN to read the website.

The site claims that President Obama, "Unlawfully exercised the authority of his office to take private property for public use" and "Unlawfully interfered with the management of private companies for the purpose of achieving government control of them."

Brown is also behind another website, "" which calls the president a failure.

Perhaps Brown's most notorious campaigns come from the past.

In 1988, he produced the "Willie Horton" advertisement that slammed Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis as allowing "murderers to have weekend passes." It then tied Dukakis' action to Willie Horton, an African-American convicted felon who committed another rape while on a weekend furlough. Many feel the ad was devastating politically to Dukakis' presidential campaign.

Brown was also involved in bringing allegations of then-candidate Bill Clinton's infidelities with Gennifer Flowers to light. He continued to be a thorn in President Clinton's side throughout his presidency investigating the Whitewater land deal among other issues up and through Clinton's impeachment.

In the exclusive interview with CNN, Brown talked about any focus on his past in relation to the current Alaska Senate battle.

"It's off focus," he said, "…because this entire effort up here is focused on Lisa Murkowski versus Joe Miller."

Brown continued: "Leftists love to blog about my background. Leftists love to, you know, take shots at me…I really don't respect what they think."

Filed under: 2010 • Alaska
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Indy

    The majority of America told Sarah Palin to go away two years ago and she just will not go away and Joe Miller is going to act the same way now. The ego these two have is criminal !

    November 12, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Tulsa

    Well folks, welcome to the Republican Congress. If you think it means "small Government", you are wrong. If you think it means that something will get done for the good of the Country and it's peolple, WRONG AGAIN.
    The Republican agaenda, as spoken by D. Issa, R. from California, is to " have hearings 7 days a week times 40 weeks."
    Vindictive Republican Taliban.
    Remember when we had 6 years of hearings into Clinton? Remember Gingrich, Sanford, Vitter, and thier ilk persecuting the President while THEY were having affairs themselves? WELL, THEY'RE BACK.

    November 12, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Laverne

    This guy must be one miserable sole to be so hateful and vindictive or maybe he is just a republican!

    November 12, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Willa-PA

    One word...scum teabaggers. Sorry, two words.

    November 12, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. D. Bunker

    Another GOBPbagger dirty trickster, attracted to controversy like a rat to garbage.

    November 12, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. chris

    wow.. I would be kind of disgusted to have this guy working for my campaign. Joe Miller has every right to make sure the will of the people wins out in the end for Alaska.. but this Floyd Brown character seems downright shady. Where is Sarah Palin to lend her support to her endorsed candidate Miller? Is even she smart enough to know to stay away from Miller while he grasps for any hope of a future in politics?

    November 12, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    We should all thank God that this rightwing moron is arrogant enough to operate in the open, unlike the sneaky partisan concerns that buy elections hidden behind roving bushes (interesting pun). This neo-nincompoop should be encouraged to continue to exercise his free-speech rights so that the rest of us can be informed directly about the kind and extent of rightwing ignorance that is prowling this great country of ours.

    That a significant portion of our population delights in this type of open rightwing buffoonery, and even freely votes for it, is a sad sign of the intellectual demise of the American citizenry. No wonder they are sorely afraid of such nonsense as Sharia Law and communism; they know they do not have the mental fortitude to defend themselves from even these most simple of mistakes. This kind of conservatism should be aborrent to true conservatives.

    November 12, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. GL

    The man is a straight up nut.

    November 12, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Wes B.

    If only such energy, determination, and effort could be put forth towards good.

    November 12, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Allen in Hartwell GA

    And as one of the modern day mud-slingers of note, are we supposed to respect what he thinks?

    November 12, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. vic nashville tn

    92979 x 0.89 =82751 more than 82180 Sen. Lisa Murkowski won the election ( with out challenge votes )

    Miller and Palin same as G.W.Bush

    November 12, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. kannan

    My comment in general on elections: if a republican loses, then it is voter fraud. If a democrat loses, then people have spoken! We must depoliticise the electoral system for it to serve a democracy.

    November 12, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    And the big guns come out... The mega-battle of the lawyers begins. groan.... Let's get this over and done with and get moving on rolling back Obozo's agenda.

    November 12, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. LouAz

    Shouldn't this be in the Entertainment Section ? That is where the clowns and such are.

    November 12, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. bob

    Floyd Brown is as much of a fraud as Joe Miller. He wouldn't know the truth if it hit smack dab in the face. Talk about frivolous lawsuits.

    November 12, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Ben in Texas

    Miller needs to call up his friend Cheney, who can call up his friend Extreme Court Justice Scalia who will fix it for him. That's how Bush got to be president, so it should work for a mere senator.

    Otherwise, he could just be a man and admit defeat. But, he'd have to have some principles to do that.

    November 12, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    WOW! Republicans screaming about voter fraud against other Republicans. Hey, guys, when your "endorsed" candidate runs against all the things that benefit Alaska that come from DC and he apparently loses the election, did you ever think of putting two and two together?

    November 12, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Duck Fallas

    Typical- whenever a liberal feels slighted, they round up a pack of lawyers and get sue crazy. We should get more conservatives in office to do away with these frivolous liberal lawsuits.

    November 12, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. sam

    Sore loser.

    November 12, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Dave Schmidt

    yes, It's Miller time,,,time for desperation. Time to bring in the nasty, lying, win at all cost's – to heck with the voters Brown. Millers desperation will cost the voters of Alaska the price of a new bridge (hint),,and since he filed in federal court – this jackass will also cost the good 'ol US of A taxpayer more money. Way to go you crazy teapublicans.

    November 12, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |