Joe Miller Alaska
August 25, 2010 by Post Team
Joe Miller Alaska, Alaska’s beard 43 years old, who shocked the political world during the night pulling ahead of Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski state’s primary fashion himself as a rugged individualist who campaigned on the withdrawal of Alaska outside their dependence on federal handouts.
The results showed on Wednesday that Joe Miller holding a slight lead of about 1,900 votes out of Murkowski, but the winner can not be declared until the electoral authorities have up to 10,000 absentee ballots, which could take several days.
However, early returns suggested a surprising victory, as Miller took the anti-spending frenzy the tea party “movement” to the border most unlikely: a state that has benefited much more than pork-barrel spending in recent years than any other state in the Lower 48.
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Whereas Murkowski continued a long tradition of Alaska politicians trumpet their ability to direct a large proportion of dollars from Washington back home, Miller campaigned on his belief that federal investment had become a kind of Alaska “federal fiefdom” . Miller argued, apparently with some success, that the bankrupt government, Alaska should take responsibility for their own destiny.
“It feels like it belongs to the past was because the federal government can not afford,” Randy De Soto, director of communications for Miller, said in an interview yesterday morning. “Joe basic belief is that the state is something of a” federal fiefdom. “… He struggles to maintain more autonomy of Alaska.”
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It was an unlikely political appeal, which occurs immediately after the death of lifelong Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, whose legacy was bringing home billions of federal dollars to build roads, bridges and airports to modernize Alaska – not only of the physical nation’s largest state, but also the most isolated and undeveloped.
“It’s time for a change – time that we are on our own feet and that the federal government allows us to develop our natural resources and not put so many restrictions on us,” state Rep. Tammie Wilson (R), endorsed Miller, said in an interview. “We’re going to have to build our own roads and support to our own people and put them to work instead of them sit at home waiting for a check from the government.”
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Miller quietly built momentum with this message of fiscal responsibility and restraint of government, first with an endorsement of former Gov. Sarah Palin and later with donations and support from party activists and support tea as conservative figures and national ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and talk show host Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin.
“The movement of the tea party and social movement, very kind of the Reagan coalition is reconstructed here in Alaska is what allowed him on top,” said Soto.
Miller beaten Murkowski on the air in recent days, casting her as a “liberal”, which was out of step with the values of Republican primary voters. This seemed to catch her off guard Murkowski.
“Joe Miller Lisa Murkowski became a Democrat, a Democrat Tony Knowles,” said Michael Carey, a longtime correspondent for policy in the Anchorage Daily News, largest newspaper in the state, referring to former Democratic governor. “This was either brilliant or dumb luck. All he rolled in the more conservative areas of the state. The voters always – always – look for the more conservative candidate, and certainly found it.”
Two months ago, officials of the National Republican Senatorial Committee met with campaign strategists Murkowski and urged them to use their campaign treasury and nearly 2 million to start running ads against Miller. Murkowski’s campaign refused, saying that he would only raise the attack of an opponent who is not considered a serious threat.
Instead, it stuck with its ad campaign touting its accomplishments to feel good – a message that, in retrospect, seemed to speak to the mood of the electorate.
Miller Murkowski sought to define as part of the aristocracy “of Washington”, referring not only to his lineage as the daughter of former governor and Republican Sen. Frank Murkowski, but also the financial support it received during the years of corporate interests.
In particular, Miller Murkowski attacked by a vote of support for the rescue of Wall Street 2008 and for opposing the repeal of the health reform of President Obama. Also attacked him for supporting an energy tax cap and trade (as opposed) and to support abortion rights (opposing).
“We feel that the way the race will win is if people knew where Murkowski on the issues and they felt comfortable that Joe was qualified and I represent,” said Soto. “Most people assumed that since he is a Republican, which is basically a conservative Republican. But when we begin to note all the times he voted against his party, through television, and Joe says and means media, which played into the mix. ”
Miller was presented as a conservative, small government Republican, the values of sharing with former President Ronald Reagan. Born in Kansas, Miller is a graduate of West Point, served as an officer in the Army and was awarded the Bronze Star during the first Gulf War.
Miller says he was drawn to Alaska for 16 years because of his love for nature. After graduating from Yale Law School, accepted a job at a law firm in Anchorage. At the age of 30, had been appointed a state judge and a teacher of the superior court for the 4th Judicial District, and eventually became U.S. Trial Judge in Fairbanks, according to his biography on his campaign site on the Web.
Miller resigned from the bench in 2004 to run for state representative, but after winning the Republican primary who narrowly lost the general election. Since then it has been a lawyer in private practice in Fairbanks, where he lives with his wife, Kathleen, and their children.
Tuesday night, as statements were with him at the head, foot Miller: “What is elk hunting, as in the ring? Later foot,” What is a ‘Beltway traffic jam’? Is it that when a herd of caribou crossing a road? ”
“It’s just one person,” said Wilson. “He represents the working man or woman who is only trying to earn a living. He is willing to go out and work hard and stop talking to someone who spoke with him.”
This year, Miller campaigned in his truck, the allies, he said, knocking on doors to talk with voters. When the campaign took him far from Fairbanks, traveled by motor home or plane. Its large white campaign posters were often seen on roads in Alaska.
Miller operation is definitely home. He avoided the political class and brought as his advisers, but the veteran strategists old friends and loyal. DeSoto, his spokesman, is a writer and former classmate at West Point. His campaign manager, Robert Campbell, is a lawyer from Alaska Mata**ska-Susitna Valley. Campbell’s brother, Walter Campbell, is also advising Miller, like Palin and her husband, Todd, who is an old friend of Miller.
If elected, DeSoto, said Miller himself would be fashioned after Senators Jim DeMint (RS.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), both among the most conservative members of the Senate.
“I like to look at the facts,” said Soto. “He’s from the beginning. If you have an idea, he wants to see through, and he did not want to be in any way to someone who has thought of as selling out.”
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