Joe Miller Going Dark? Alaska GOP Candidate Won’t Answer Personal Questions

Oct 12, 2010 1:47pm

ABC News' Huma Khan reports: Amid questions about Joe Miller's record as an attorney, the Alaska Republican candidate says he will not answer any more personal questions and accused the media of "journalistic impropriety."

Speaking to reporters Monday, the Senate candidate said he has "drawn a line in the sand. You can ask me about background, you can ask me about personal issues – I'm not going to answer."

The announcement came on the heels of a report by the Alaska Dispatch that Miller used equipment at the Fairbanks North Star Borough while he was employed there to oust Republican party chairman Randy Ruedrich. Two media outlets filed a lawsuit against the borough Monday to release Miller's employment records.

On Monday, the Tea Party favorite dismissed the claims as the “latest political attack.” Miller resigned as attorney at the borough in September, 2009 after seven years.

When asked for clarification, Miller’s campaign provided a statement from the candidate saying that he prefers to focus on “critical issues.”  

“For the final three weeks of this campaign, I am going to talk about the critical issues facing our nation and my ideas to turn things around,” Miller said in a statement to ABC News. “The people of Alaska have a simple choice on November 2nd. They can re-elect their current Senator who represents more of the same in Washington, D.C. — the insider deals, government bailouts, and the status quo that has gotten this country into the mess we are currently in.  Or, they can elect someone new — an Alaskan who is just like they are — someone that will go to D.C. and fight for the things they believe in."

Miller’s opponents accuse him of being a hypocrite — Miller is an outspoken critic of federal programs even though he and his family himself received Medicaid. Local media also reported that Miller, a staunch critic of big government and entitlement programs, accepted federal farm subsidies and low-income hunting and fishing licenses.

The little known attorney came to limelight after defeating Sen. Lisa Murkowski in a primary that stunned the Republican establishment. Backed by the Tea Party Express and an endorsement from Sarah Palin, Miller campaigned aggressively against Murkowski and accused her of supporting President Obama’s agenda.

Miller is currently leading in the polls against Murkowski, who is running as a Republican write-in candidate, and Democratic candidate Scott McAdams.

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