Joe Miller Files Papers for Senate
t looks like it’s time to stop calling Joe Miller a former Senate candidate.
The Alaska conservative activist who lost a 2010 bid for the Senate after besting incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in a GOP primary, has filed a form indicating he intends to run for Senate again in 2014, according to documentation from the office of the Secretary of the Senate.
Miller is a divisive figure among Republicans in Alaska and Washington D.C. He ran a hard-right primary campaign against Murkowski in 2010 and won with support from the Palin family and conservative outside groups, but then lost in the general election after Murkowski mounted a write-in bid as an independent Republican.
The fallout from that race has continued to ripple in Miller’s present-day career. In mid-May, an Alaska judge ordered Miller to pay over $85,000 to the news organization Alaska Dispatch due to a drawn-out lawsuit over the publication’s attempts to reveal records of Miller’s time as a government lawyer.
A poll taken the first week of May by the Republican group Harper Polling found Miller’s personal image in strongly negative territory. Forty-nine percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of the Yale Law grad, vs. 34 percent who had a favorable impression and 17 percent who had no opinion of Miller or had not heard of him.