Alaska GOP Senate Nominee Joe Miller Admitted Lying About After Being Caught In Ethics Violation
Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller admitted in 2008 that he lied after being caught accessing computers that were not his when working as a government lawyer.
“I lied about accessing all of the computers. I then admitted about accessing the computers, but lied about what I was doing. Finally, I admitted what I did,” Miller wrote in a March 17, 2008, e-mail to Fairbanks North Star Borough Attorney Rene Broker.
Miller’s admission and a disciplinary letter were among his employee records released by the Fairbanks North Star Borough on Tuesday as a result of a lawsuit by media organizations. Miller initially fought release of the documents, but state Superior Court Judge Winston Burbank ordered most of the records sought to be released, and Miller decided not to appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court.
On March 12, 2008, Miller went on three of his co-workers’ computers to vote in an online poll, apparently connected with his failed effort to oust Randy Ruedrich as state Republican Party chair. Miller then cleared his colleagues’ computer caches to erase his tracks, in the process clearing out their passwords and saved websites.
“I acknowledge that my access to others’ computers was wrong, participating in the poll was wrong, lying was wrong, and there is absolutely no excuse for any of it,” Miller wrote in the 2008 e-mail admitting what he had done
Miller has been unwilling to discuss his personal history during the campaign and, in one instance had his security detail handcuff a reporter who was asking questions. Miller, who is running as an anti-government candidate, has also run away from reporters asking about benefits he collects. Co-workers have testified that Miller lied to them about use of their computers, and the candidate has refused to be interviewed by the Alaska Daily News.Click here for reuse options!
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