Skip to comments.Joe Miller: Alaska’s Lt. Gov. is biased (GOP is backing Lisa in ballot count, send Ginsberg to help)
Posted on 11/04/2010 6:05:11 PM PDT by TitansAFC
Heres a quick round up of the latest developments regarding Joe Millers take on the uncomfortable wait for a decisive winner in the race for Alaskas U.S. Senate seat.
The website Politicsdaily.com is reporting that Miller, in a conference call with bloggers Thursday morning, is imputing the loyalties of the states 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 states 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 Palins offering, fill Parnells shoes.
Meanwhile, Dan Springer writes at Foxnews.com 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 TheHill.com, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is ready to help Miller fight Murkowski during the ballot count. DeMints 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 isnt exactly springing into action and will not say if it will send someone to Alaska to assist on Millers behalf. When the committee sent a lawyer up for the count after the August primary, at Murkowskis 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 -- wouldnt 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.
Miller has been refused money and legal help for the ballot counting process.
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.
The RINO’s and the Alaskan Mafia are allied.
I hope Ginsberg has the same success he had with Coleman.
I despise that woman.
The National GOP better back off. They are helping in the process of cheating.
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.
“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.
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."
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.
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.
This IS true.
The machine is working overtime for princess LiZa.
Alaska Dispatch is a far left blog. Don’t believe everything they say.
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