Joe Miller Tried to Steal an Election and then Lied About It
Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller admitted in 2008 that he lied after being caught using Fairbanks North Star Borough computers for political purposes when he was a part-time borough 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 said he went on three of his co-workers’ computers to participate in a political poll and then cleared the caches.
“I now understand that clearing the cache also cleared out passwords and ID’s for various websites that people were using and was very hurtful (as was the simple fact that I was on their computers),” he wrote.
“As I told you on Wednesday, 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,” he wrote.
Miller’s admission was among 60 pages of records released by the Fairbanks North Star Borough today as a result of a lawsuit by media organizations. Miller initially fought release of the documents, but Superior Court Judge Winston Burbank ordered most of the records sought to be released, and Miller decided not to file an appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court.
Miller had used other employees’ computers to send “proxy votes to get himself elected as the chairman of the Republican Party” according to Jim Whitaker, former mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
So not only was he lying, he tried to steal an election. An intra-party election, but it still says a lot about the man’s character.