Skip to comments.More accusations made in close Senate race (Miller V Murkowski)
Posted on 08/29/2010 5:48:42 AM PDT by onyx
SENATE RACE: Miller's camp says GOP group is preparing for legal battle.
There were more allegations by the Joe Miller campaign of ballot-counting monkey business on Saturday as the absentees continue to pour into the Alaska Division of Elections. State elections officials now say there are 23,472 ballots to process, with more coming, and the first count set for Tuesday.
Miller currently leads Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski by 1,668 votes in the Republican primary.
Miller campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto said in an e-mail Saturday that there are many calls going out to Alaskans who voted absentee ballots, asking them who they voted for in the primary.
DeSoto said his basis for making that assertion is that a woman contacted the Miller campaign about getting a call, that such a call was brought up in the comment section of a story on the Daily News website, and that several people had called an Anchorage talk radio show to say they've received such calls.
"I believe, and time will prove it, (the calls) are being done for nefarious purposes," DeSoto said in the e-mail. "It is definitely not being done by the Joe Miller campaign. It is being done, I believe, by the National Republican Senatorial Committee or someone they contracted with as the beginning of a legal battle to throw out ballots."
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Joe Miller is coming up on Face the Nation in 20 minutes.
I want to hear what he has to say.
I hope you’re right. I think he’ll ‘legitimately’ win the absentee ballots also.
I got an email from last night, which I posted. I know I pinged you to at least one of the postings.
The absentee ballots had to be postmarked no later than August 24, 2010.
I think that’s the problem with some of them.
Mass mailing once Murkowski saw she was losing..... on election night.
No, I don’t think the absentee votes have doubled but the press is using the number of total (Dem & Pubbie) ballots. The number of Republican ballots issued from what I have read is in the neighborhood of 8,000 ballots. (Total requested ballots was about 16,000 -Dem & Pubbie)
I think the press is trying to get us stirred up and Dems are probably trying to instill doubt about outcome.
OK thanks. I get it now. I hope Miller wins I saw him on Face the Nation and he is really good. Very straight up.
The whole point is that these committees are too important. Federal power must be rolled back.
That goes for the GOP as a whole too...
There may be no party left for Sarah to redeem.
Why do you think the energy committee is too important and what will Joe do to change the committee structure?
Not just the energy. All of it. Too much power is centered in the Federal Government.
How can this be...I read 16,000 were sent out how is now 23,472 to process?
She and her father just might have a huge interest in some scheme that her committee chairmanship can steer his way through a myraid of others.
Yes . I heard him today on Face the nation.
This might prove to be the battle to end all battles.
I have a theory I am mulling.
The number of outstanding absentee ballots grew dramatically from election night’s 16,000 to today’s 23,000+.
Lisa knew on election night that she was losing. I am thinking her team could have dumped thousands of absentees into the mail to meet the postmarks, but those mass mailings will catch the eye of the Republican Lt. Governor in charge of the election. That’s why Joe Miller and his team are raising hell and that’s why Lisa has called-in the NRSC to help her.
I could be out to lunch and wearing tight tin foil, but at this point, anything is possible, and I can’t think of another explanation for the dramatic increase in the number of absentee ballots.
The Murkowski’s are crooks.
I’m keepin’ The Faith that Joe Miller will be the winner of this primary...no matter what they pull....
Why do you call Lisa a crook? What has she done that makes you think that she is a crook?
I wouldn’t put anything past the NRSC, John Cornyn and the establishment. The battle for the GOP has definitely begun and sadly, my senator John Cornyn looks to be on the wrong side. I hope Texans don’t forget this.
Didn’t they say they only sent out 16,000 ballots? How can there be 23,000 ballots?
This is getting UNREAL, isn;t it?
I am calling Cornyn and Hatch, tomorrow.
Orin is second in line at NRSC.
Are you hearing a lot about this locally?
The Murkowskis ascension in Alaska is all about favoritism, with a wide open frontier with not a whole lot of people but a vast wealth of resources they have been right on top of anything that went boom.
Though its rather harsh to say corrupt they most definitely were involved in deals and back room handshakes for decades. They do not have a high opinion of honesty by most Alaskans.
And I happen to be an Alaskan, the old royalty of Alaska is a dying breed and the people of this generation made up of the “newcomers” or cheechakos see the light, and they don’t want family generations being their representatives any more.
All the more reason Joe Miller is the best person and image of the average Alaska, he is one of us.
Yes, I also thought I read that "they" (the election authority-whatever it's called) state that there were 16,000 outstanding absentee ballots!
Yet, now 23,000+ have been received!
I can only think that "someone" mass mailed thousands on election night to make the postmark after "someone" started to watch the returns and saw that "someone" way behind.
Do you have any other ideas to explain this dramatic increase?
What unethical back room transactions has Lisa performed? Has Joe informed us of these deals? Do have details or are you just slinging mud?
The number of questionable ballots went up, plus 500 or so early votes I think. If I understand right they have been sorting and will know the totals the republicans are working with tomorrow, will count them Tuesday.
Ah, here's the answer.
You have to have lived in Alaska at least 15 years and involved in some way with what the Murkowskis had a hand in, I’m only slinging mud off what has been splashed on me the same as if I went 4 wheelin at Jim Creek.
Sorry if it sounds vague and I understand everybody outside of Alaska wants more scoops and news I just don’t have any.
he Division of Elections said Saturday that it had 23,472 ballots to process so far. Most are expected to be cast for the Republican primary race between Miller and Murkowski, but a portion will be for the Democratic primary instead.
The tally includes 13,740 absentee votes, out of a reported 16,000 absentee ballots that had been requested. There are another 9,069 questioned ballots, some of which will be disqualified. Elections officials said there are also 663 early votes that still need to be counted.
The Division of Elections said it will determine Monday how many of the votes will be tallied in Tuesday’s initial count.
Subsequent counts are scheduled for Sept. 3 and Sept. 8.
LOL. Thanks, McGavin999 and libbylu.
It’s right in this article that I posted for libbylu! LOL.
Alaskans generally are like trying to herd cats.. like FR(lol).. We keep most of our dumbocrats in Anchorage.. but the politics is getting so stinky even dimocrats are stating see "THINGS" a bit more clearly..... Who knows maybe even a few of the RINOs can be shaken out of their slumber.. and SLAPPED into lucidity..
Republicans AND Democrats. You said it!
Now that's interesting. Do you supposed that means those ballots were put aside and never counted at the polling places? Or received in the mail?
That’s good to hear! Thank you, dear hosepipe.
Joe Miller was on Face The Nation this morning.
He’s a wonderful conservative and a very smart and capable man.
Are you related to Lisa? I am not from Alaska. My guess is the republican who ends up heading the chair will do just fine. They will have two years to practice up anyway, Bambi will veto anything meaningful. That is a pretty lame excuse to me.
FR is not a court of law, your honor. Owing that you’re in academia, there was never a doubt in my mind that you were a Murkowski supporter. Uncomfortable truths were exposed about your friend Frank, when Sarah Palin defeated him, and now her endorsement has unseated his daughter. That is, unless Lisa can manage to swipe the election from Joe Miller.
You’re more concerned with Lisa’s chairmanship, than you are that she will not vote to repeal obamacare. Very telling.
You may be correct... I trust no one any longer but... GOD, Sarah, Rush, Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin, Glen Beck and Michelle Bachman. I certainly no longer trust any elected republican and all dims are my enemy. I feel better knowing the actual numbers breakdown on these ballots. Have a great Sunday FRiend!
The truth is out. You won’t have a seat at the table when Miller is sworn in. And you don’t like Sarah. Better just say that, your head of the committee crap does not fly with we who tote guns and cling to our bibles.
A happy and blessed Sunday to you, too, dear LLS.
If you are a Lisa Murkowski fan, what are you doing on Freerepublic. This is a conservative site. Lisa Murkowski is no conservative, and I daresay neither are you.
Oh, you wanted the goods. Try this on for size, pop:
“In July 2007, Murkowski stated she would sell back land she bought from Anchorage businessman Bob Penney, a day after a Washington watchdog group filed a Senate ethics complaint against her, alleging that Penney sold the property well below market value. The Anchorage Daily News noted, “The transaction amounted to an illegal gift worth between $70,000 and $170,000, depending on how the property was valued, according to the complaint by the National Legal and Policy Center.” According to the Associated Press, Murkowski bought the land from two developers tied to the Ted Stevens probe.
In 2008, Murkowski amended her Senate financial disclosures for 2004 through 2006, adding income of $60,000 per year from the sale of a property in 2003, and more than $40,000 a year from the sale of her “Alaska Pasta Company” in 2005.”
The links are in the Wiki piece. Look it up. You live there (allegedly). Don’t you read your own papers?
Please tell what Lisa has done that is unethical? Details please or are you just throwing mud? I did not see Frank’s name on the ballot. Did you see his name on the ballot?
My respects to to for living here as long as you say, I am still called a newcomer in some respects and I have been living here full time since 1992.
I remember the day I drove my 1977 Chevie PU into Fairbanks direct from Lake Tahoe on a job offer from Jim Binckly Sr. owner and patriarch of the Riverboat Discovery sternwheeler based near Fairbanks, I was the chief engineer on a near identical vessel the “Tahoe Queen” in Lake Tahoe and I even worked on our local competitor on a smaller sternwheeler nearby, I had dreams of living in a frontier state with nothing but my ambition and faith in myself.
But it was march in Fairbanks the Discovery was on blocks, the Chena was froze over and the job offer was nothing but a whimsical ploy to a cheechako such as myself by a person who later committed suicide, facts which you might be very aware of sir.
So after sacrificing some very expensive Snapon tools I migrated to warmer and more populated Anchorage, I became a service manager at the now long gone auto service center at C street and Northern Lights, I even forget them now.
Fast forward many years, I found my niche in the concrete industry at a family owned outfit in Wasilla, I saw in the shadows the manipulations of what companies were given the concrete contracts, who was given favoritism. Fortunately our company eventually backed off trying to be the lowest bidder when our competitors who have been around longer were bidding at a loss to get the contracts.
Its still all about favoritism, especially in construction and I doubt it will ever change much, such is the nature and demands Alaska has, its boom and bust, those that win fight dirty, those that live by the rules fall behind and if they don’t think well ahead fail eventually.
Ted Stevens had his hand with Howdie Construction, they in turn inflated the jobs, made them last longer and was full of bad engineering, I am constantly reminded of their ineptness from the bad expansion joints at the overpass on the Seward Meridian overpass to the constantly breaking down paving equipment brought up from the lower 48.
The first Walmart in Wasilla was too small, they moved across the Parks Hiway, then it had to be supersized, Wasilla had phenominal growth some years ago and I have seen it up front having participated with building many a school, overpass and any other project needing concrete, and politics played its hand surely.
No, I am not going to bring up Murkowskis affiliations, as an Alaskan you should know what they are, I don’t preach to the choir.