ABC News’ Gregory Simmons reports: Tea Party favorite Joe Miller may have lost the Alaska Senate race last November to fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski, but this political insurgent isn’t done fighting. In fact, he’s expanding what he calls “the fight against government growth” to the lower 49.
Western PAC, the Nevada-based political organization which describes itself as “one of the largest and fastest-growing conservative action groups in the country,” announced today that Joe Miller will be their new chairman. During the 2010 election cycle, Western Pac backed Tea Party candidates like Sharron Angle in Nevada, Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts and Senator Rand Paul in Kentucky.
According to Miller, what American saw of the Tea Party in 2010 was just a taste of what’s to come in 2012.
“We are trying to be a significant influence in 2012 and simply an extension of what we saw in 2010,” Miller told ABC News today. “It’s going to be bigger – Not much question about that- [and] more of a political force to be reckoned with.”
Miller said he sees himself as a Tea Party crusader and while he toyed with the idea of starting his own PAC, Western PAC’s established infrastructure offers an opportunity to hit the ground running.
Miller says he will be working both a nationally and locally. As Chairman of Western PAC, Miller will head up endorsements of Tea Party candidates around the country, travelling to speak on their behalf and directing direct expenditures to campaigns. He said he also plans to work on expanding his political presence an influence in his home state.
When asked if he would run for the at-large Alaska Congressional seat in 2012 or for the Senate seat against democratic Senator Mark Begich in 2014, Miller said he “wouldn’t take anything off the table.”
“There are no specific plans right now but I want to continue to be an influence and will continue to be active.” Miller said.
You can read Westerns PAC’s full announcement HERE.