October 25, 2010, - 1:03 pm

Biz as Usual: What is Sarah Palin’s Joe Miller Trying to Hide?

By Debbie Schlussel

This is yet another example of how the Tea Party will replace one set of dishonest, business as usual candidates with another set of dishonest, business as usual candidates beholden to Sarah Palin.

Don’t Betcha: Sarah Palin’s Joe Miller Used Tax-Paid Resources for Politics, Now Trying to Hide Records From Public

When a candidate, who runs on the idea of “open and honest government” and an end to business as usual, then goes to court to keep the public from seeing public records about his unethical, dishonest behavior, you have to wonder. And that’s the case with Joe Miller, Sarah Palin’s hand-picked GOP candidate for U.S. Senate from Alaska. I’m all for getting rid of establishment, dynasty Republicans like Lisa Murkowski–whom Miller deposed in the Alaska Republican primary, and against whom he is now running as she mounts her write-in campaign.

But Joe Miller now makes clear with his latest actions that he’s as dishonest and unethical as every creature of the inside-the-Beltway types he claims he’s running against. In fact, what Joe Miller is trying to hide is that, while on the public payroll as a government attorney for an Alaska borough, he used government resources for political activity. And even though Judge Winston Burbank ruled, Saturday, that the public is entitled to see these public records, Miller’s lawyer says he is considering appealing. Hey, just like Obama and the liberals:

A judge ruled Saturday that the Fairbanks North Star Borough must release personnel records of U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller. . . .

The case was brought by a group of Alaska news media organizations, which have been trying since summer to see borough documents concerning Miller’s employment as a part-time borough attorney.

Miller, the Republican nominee for Senate in a tight three-way race, fought the lawsuit, arguing that any release of personnel records violated his privacy rights. . . .

A former borough mayor, Jim Whitaker, has said Miller was disciplined for violating the borough’s ethics policy in his use of borough computers for political purposes.

Miller acknowledged that in an interview on CNN earlier this week . . . .

Whitaker served as borough mayor during most of that period and told reporters on Oct. 13 that Miller had used borough computers for political purposes in 2008 when he organized a failed effort to oust state Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich.

Whitaker said Miller was disciplined for the violation of the borough’s ethics code.

Yup, this is open, honest government advocate Sarah Palin’s man for the U.S. Senate.

Sorry, but if this is the kind of “conservative” the Tea Party is putting up, you’ll never clean house in Washington. If Joe Miller illegally used taxpayer resources for his own personal political activities in Alaska, he’ll do it in Washington, too. A crook is a crook, no matter on which side of the aisle he or she resides.

And, clearly, Joe Miller is crooked. That’s why he and his lawyer are trying to keep the world from knowing about it.

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