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Joe Miller: Alaska’s Lt. Gov. is biased (GOP is backing Lisa in ballot count, send Ginsberg to help)
Alaska Dispatch ^ | 11-4-10 | Jill Burke

Posted on 11/04/2010 6:05:11 PM PDT by TitansAFC

Here’s a quick round up of the latest developments regarding Joe Miller’s take on the uncomfortable wait for a decisive winner in the race for Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat.

The website is reporting that Miller, in a conference call with bloggers Thursday morning, is imputing the loyalties of the state’s top elections official. It quotes Miller:

There are a number of fights that are going to have to be undertaken, in part, due to the fact that the division of elections (is) headed up by the lieutenant governor.

The lieutenant governor is effectively the same [as] what you might see in other states as the secretary of state. His statements are policy. He was appointed by Murkowski ... has connections to the Murkowski family. In fact, when he, last summer, spoke at the time Sean Parnell was sworn in as governor, spent five or ten minutes praising the Murkowski Family. It was really kind of a curious thing given the lack of popularity at the time of Frank Murkowski.

But in any event, it appears that his bias is playing out in the decisions that he's making, especially those that are directly contrary to the law.

For the record, it was then-Gov. Sarah Palin who, in 2009, tapped Campbell to become the state’s Lieutenant Governor after her decision to quit her job as governor, pushing the existing Lt. Gov. -- Sean Parnell -- into the top spot and leaving a vacancy for second in command. Miller is correct that years earlier, in 2003, Governor Frank Murkowski (whose job Palin took in 2006 in an historic upset) did make Campbell a state commissioner for the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, a post Campbell left when agreeing to, at Palin’s offering, fill Parnell’s shoes.

Meanwhile, Dan Springer writes at that Miller believes he can overcome the lead Murkowski presumably has with the more than 13,000 votes that separate Miller and write-in candidates:

There are still about 30,000 absentee ballots that will be added to the count Tuesday. Miller believes since many of the absentee votes are coming from the military he will cut into the lead. Even if Miller is right and the lead shrinks, he will be facing a steep hill.

Alaska courts have ruled the spelling of a write-in candidate's name need not be perfect to be counted. It's the election worker's job to determine voter intent. In this race that would mean a vote for M-U-R-C-O-W-S-K-Y should count for incumbent Lisa Murkowski.

According to, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is ready to help Miller fight Murkowski during the ballot count. DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund “is currently exploring exactly how it can assist Miller, the Republican nominee, on the fundraising front in what is expected to be a costly and drawn-out ballot-counting process,” reports The Hill, adding that “a source close to DeMint said the senator has no qualms about continuing to help Miller through what will likely be a contentious ballot-counting process, even though he ruffled some GOP feathers throughout the primary season.”

Still, the National Republican Senatorial Committee isn’t exactly springing into action and will not say if it will send someone to Alaska to assist on Miller’s behalf. When the committee sent a lawyer up for the count after the August primary, at Murkowski’s request, Miller cried foul and claimed the organization was meddling in the election. But with Miller decisive win in the primary, the group has since rallied behind him, including spending money on campaign ads which discredited democrat Scott McAdams and positioned Miller as the better choice.

When asked what role the committee will play now that Miller is in second place coming out of the General election (write-in candidates have a seven-point lead) the NRSC, through communications director Brian Walsh, would only say: “The NRSC has been assisting the Miller campaign from day one and we continue to assist his campaign. There are still thousands of ballots left to be counted in the days ahead, and it will be at least two weeks before the write-in ballots will be reviewed, so like everyone else we will continue to closely monitor this race as it unfolds.”

Murkowski has assembled the A-team for what will undoubtedly be a contentious legal battle. Tim McKeever, a former chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, will lead the way, assisted by Scott Kendall, who represented the Murkowski campaign in a successful effort to allow election workers to provide voters who asked with a list of the write-in candidates, and Ben Ginsberg, a top Republican election attorney who represented Norm Coleman in Minnesota in 2009 and George W. Bush in the Florida recount in the 2000 presidential election.

Ginsberg is a big get, and a telling one, according to Jennifer Duffy, senior editor with the Cook Political Report, who says Ginsberg -- arguably the most sought after Republican election lawyer in the country -- wouldn’t have signed on without first getting an okay from the party to do so.

“The fact that it appears that national Republicans have yet to send resources to Alaska to assist Miller through the counting of the write-in votes could well suggest that they are comfortable knowing that the seat will remain in Republican hands. Which Republican sits in that seat is less important,” she said.

TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: ak; alaska; backstabbercornyn; backstabberromney; cornyn; evilwithin; gopbackstabbers; miller; murkowski; nrsc; romney
The National GOP will not be helping Miller, and have in fact given Ben Ginsberg -- the most sought-after GOP lawyer in the country -- the go-ahead to help Lisa Murkowski.

Miller has been refused money and legal help for the ballot counting process.

1 posted on 11/04/2010 6:05:17 PM PDT by TitansAFC
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To: TitansAFC

If they do that, then they can expect a primary challanger come 2012 or whenever they come up for re-election. We can make absolutely certain, one way or the other, they will NOT be re-elected. Their choice.

2 posted on 11/04/2010 6:10:53 PM PDT by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: TitansAFC

The RINO’s and the Alaskan Mafia are allied.

3 posted on 11/04/2010 6:11:20 PM PDT by GeronL ( <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: TitansAFC

I hope Ginsberg has the same success he had with Coleman.

4 posted on 11/04/2010 6:12:36 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: TitansAFC

I despise that woman.

5 posted on 11/04/2010 6:14:02 PM PDT by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: TitansAFC

The National GOP better back off. They are helping in the process of cheating.

6 posted on 11/04/2010 6:36:57 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

The National GOP has been two-faced throughout this and other races, like Odonnell in DE. On one hand they claim they are helping and supporting the candidate, but, especially in this case, their actions demonstrate they are fighting the TEA party.

I say we don’t rest until the GOP is remade with TEA party conservatives in the leadership positions.

7 posted on 11/04/2010 6:40:44 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: TitansAFC


8 posted on 11/04/2010 6:43:29 PM PDT by chilltherats (He was born with a roaring voice, and it had the trick of inflaming half-wits against their betters)
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To: McGavin999

“If they do that, then they can expect a primary challanger come 2012”

I was of the thought that if the NRSC helped in picking a person to run that I agreed with, I would support them.
If not, like Crist, support another candidate.

With this sad news, I now want to see EVERY runner for a GOP senate seat be challenged. If the hand-picked GOP wants my vote, he will have to earn it in a primary.

Ironically, this will not depress patriots, but attract more to the movement.

9 posted on 11/04/2010 6:46:45 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: TitansAFC
Someone post the address and email, and phone #s of Repub leaders and orgn. They got NONE of my money this round-sent it straight to the candidates, and they will NEVER get another penny until they quit being so elitest.

Incidentally--"Karl Rove--rove on. I am tired of your face. If it had not been for much of your advice, Bush would have been a much more popular President. You are a spoiler."


10 posted on 11/04/2010 6:51:30 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: PhiloBedo
The blue blood country club Washingtonians are still in charge of the GOP in the House and Senate.

Nothing has changed, its DC first, their continued presence in DC, money, power and the ability to dispense jobs and money, that these people care about.

They will have to be kicked out of the leadership kicking and screaming.

Sens. Mitch McConnell (Ky.), John Cornyn (Texas) and Rep. John Boehner.

These 3 make the guy in the box at the wake look like Steve O from Jackass pulling a stunt.

Job # 1 is to send these 3 hosebags packing and get some leaders with BALLS that will call the commies out for a fight.

11 posted on 11/04/2010 6:52:21 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Rome2000

I just thank God I was wise enough to throw all of the Republican National Senatorial Committee requests I got in the trash.

It will be a cold day in a hot place the day I send any National Republican request a dime.

I will support my local Republicans, but I refuse to give a dime to a RINO.

12 posted on 11/04/2010 7:08:42 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
The next fight is in January, when the RNC meets to name its Chairman.
13 posted on 11/04/2010 7:34:28 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: TitansAFC

This IS true.

The machine is working overtime for princess LiZa.

14 posted on 11/04/2010 10:01:35 PM PDT by warm n fuzzy (Really)
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To: TitansAFC

Alaska Dispatch is a far left blog. Don’t believe everything they say.

15 posted on 11/05/2010 1:09:18 AM PDT by iowamark
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