Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller admits he was disciplined two years ago for violating the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s ethics policy while employed as a lawyer. He acknowledged it on CNN last night, after refusing to answer any related questions from Alaskan media.
The allegations arose last week when Miller’s old boss, former Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker, came forward and said Miller was disciplined – and nearly lost his job – for violating the ethics policy. Whitaker alleged Miller used borough computers in an attempt to oust GOP state chairman Randy Ruedrich, which breaks the rules of doing political work on borough equipment and time. Whitaker said Miller was disciplined, but wasn’t fired because he was needed on a project.
Miller had refused to talk about the allegations, and accused “the media” of drumming up stories. He told reporters last week he would answer no questions about his past employment or personal history.
But on Monday, CNN Anchor John King asked Miller if it’s true he was disciplined for something he did on his lunch hour at the Borough.
Miller went on to say he did not lose his job over it, and that he later left the Borough because of disagreements he had with the administration.
Miller told CNN the issue is being inflated.
Miller said the incident happened during his “time off.” Miller did not give CNN specifics about exactly what he did, and his campaign ignored interview requests by APRN last night. Miller has repeatedly refused to answer questions about the matter from Alaskan reporters, and has refused to release his borough personnel records.
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