Alaska Dispatch Editor Detained at Miller Event

By Maya

Oct 18, 2010 7:53am

ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any stranger… After a town hall meeting last night in Anchorage, security guards for Alaskan Senate candidate Joe Miller detained and handcuffed the editor of a liberal blog called Alaska Dispatch.  Miller’s security team then called the police, who questioned the blogger and then released him. The Miller campaign has put out a statement saying the blogger threatened the candidate as he tried to leave a town hall meeting: “While Miller attempted to calmly exit the facility, the blogger physically assaulted another individual and made threatening gestures and movements towards the candidate. It is also important to note that the security personnel did not know that the individual they detained was a blogger who [sic] reporting on the campaign. To them, the blogger appeared irrational, angry and potentially violent.” Lisa Murkowski, who is running a write-in campaign against Miller, has pounced on the incident issuing her own statement: “This behavior is particularly disturbing, especially for someone who claims to be a ‘constitutional conservative,’ Murkowski said.   “Apparently Joe Miller has forgotten both the first and fourth amendments to the United States Constitution.  … I find it alarming that Joe feels he needs to hire security forces to protect him from Alaskan voters and members of the press.”

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