Deep pockets for Alaska's Joe Miller
February 2nd, 2011
05:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Deep pockets for Alaska's Joe Miller

(CNN)– Joe Miller has some cash burning a hole in his pocket–$825,000 dollars, that is.

According to paperwork filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission, his campaign war chest is fairly well-stocked one month after the Alaska Supreme Court declared Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski the winner of Alaska's U.S. Senate race.

Miller's made no secret that he won't be a stranger to politics, saying in his farewell remarks "This is not the beginning of the end. This is the end of the beginning" and "Where corruption and complacency threaten to weaken [the Constitution], I will draw the lines of battle and step into the breach. I would ask those who believe in these principles, and share this love of liberty, to step with me." So the question is: where will he step next?

On Sunday he took aim at incumbent GOP Congressman Don Young who is up for re-election in 2012. In a surprising move, Miller voiced his support for campaign-rival Murkowski, and his disapproval of Young's endorsement of a controversial bill.

That bill is called Sealaska. Last session, it was co-sponsored by both Murkowski and Young in the Senate and House, respectively. But Murkowski has backed off and will hold "listening sessions with the affected communities in southeast Alaska before moving the bill forward again," according to statements that her spokesman on the Energy Committee, Robert Dillon, made to Alaska's NPR affiliate KCAW-FM. On the other hand, the station reported that Young is moving ahead with plans to bring the original bill to the floor during this session.

Miller lauded Murkowski for her move: "It is encouraging that Senator Murkowski has agreed take another look at those portions of the bill that have stirred up so much controversy."

The controversy centers on provisions in the land bill that change the property native peoples can select from the federal government as obligated under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Opponents of the bill are wary of public lands being given over to private corporations and are concerned about loss of access to public areas if they are moved to private ownership. They also protest the power that the bill gives Sealaska to select land that is different from lands that it currently has access to.

Miller continued blasting Young: "However, I am very concerned with the fact that Rep. Young apparently hasn't been listening. I hope he will follow Senator Murkowski's lead and take all of the interests of the region under advisement before putting his bill forward."

The Sealaska Bill is a land bill that would change the property that the Southeast Regional Native Corp., a corporation that represents Alaskan natives in the southeastern region of Alaska, can select from the federal government as obligated under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

If taking Young's seat is Miller's goal, the incumbent isn't losing sleep over it. When asked about a possible Miller candidacy during an interview with Alaska local television's KTVA he said "I think Joe's a little old for the job. You have to be committed to the job of House of Representatives, you can't use it as a springboard to run for the senate because not only do I think that's dishonest but the only thing a house member has is longevity, so you have to have somebody committed."

And for Young, the ideal candidate is, well, young. He says the best person to run is "preferably somebody between the ages of 26 and 35…you should actually sign a contract - I will serve at least 25 years."

Should Miller keep his eye on the prize of a Senate seat, Democrat Mark Begich is up for re-election in 2014.

Filed under: 2012 • Alaska • Joe Miller
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Flexible Atheist

    Sorry there is no place for extremists like Joe Miller in our government.

    February 2, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Charlotte, NC

    What is wrong with losers in Alaska politics that refuse to move on.

    February 2, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Shannon

    What didn't Joe get, the people didn't want him. Bye bye Joe, maybe $arah needs someone to carry her purse

    February 2, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    How many ways can say loser without adding adjectives like "poor, angry or pitiful" loser for this guy to get it. I guess he's just having a battle going on with himself inside his head.

    February 2, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. george from alaska

    ...just another koch bro stooge. miller is unequivocally an ass, and just like palin, intelligent alaskans can't stand him.

    February 2, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. Whatever

    He sounds like a male version of Palin. He must have been sent through the machine that made the stepford wives... whew LOL

    February 2, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. Bet

    Once again, drinking too much Tea gives one sour grapes.

    February 2, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. vic nashville tn

    He is acting like idiot that is what he gets

    February 2, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Jeff in Virginia

    Expect a complimentary piece to this one in a few months, detailing mis-use and personal transfer of these funds. It's probably already happened.

    February 2, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. FM

    What is wrong with politicians from Alaska. It seems they do not recognise when they lose the election. They continue to stick on as if they have won while they have not. I get difficulties to understand the whole episode of this nature! Can anyone help me!!!

    February 2, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. normajean

    With all that money, I wish Mr. Miller would buy some decent clothes, take a shower,shave and try to present himself with a little more is, he's sleazy!!!

    February 2, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. lynn

    Joe Miller can't take a loss, must be something in the Alaskan water.

    February 2, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    maybe he can use that money to pay back the unemployment his wife got that he claims nobody else should get. That's only fair I think.

    February 2, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |