Posted on | August 30, 2010 | 16 Comments
Dan Riehl scored a huge scoop late Sunday night with a letter that Joe Miller’s lawyers sent to Alasksa’s lieutenant governor and the chief of the Division of Elections, regarding the activities of a Murkowski campaign operative on Election Day:
Murkowski observer Mike insisted that he had the right to access the Division of Elections computer database and “check voter records.” Over the Miller campaign’s objections, Mike was allowed to use the state computer for 20 minutes before Division Director Gail Fenumial fortunately ordered him off the state computer.
Shenanigans? Quite possibly, yet when the Miller campaign complains about this kind of stuff, Murkowski accuses them of being “paranoid.” That’s a point I address in my latest report at The American Spectator:
Of course, it’s not paranoia if they really are out to get you, and Miller’s supporters already had solid reasons to suspect that Murkowski would stop at nothing to retain her Senate seat. Chief among these reasons was the fact that Anchorage political consultant Andrew Halcro placed a call first thing Wednesday morning to Scott Kohlhaas, chairman of the Alaska Libertarian Party. Halcro was asking whether the Libertarians would be open to having Murkowski replace their Senate nominee, Dave Haase. Halcro is a former Republican state legislator best known for his boundless hatred of Sarah Palin. After Palin won the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 2006, Halcro waged a third-party campaign aimed principally at attacking the Republican and earned him the nickname Mr. Nine Percent, that being his share of the vote. Since being chosen as John McCain’s running mate two years ago, of course, Palin has become world-famous and Halcro’s bitterness toward her has only increased.
It was Palin’s early endorsement of Joe Miller that was widely credited with launching the underdog to victory, and thus the intrusion of ex-Republican Halcro into the post-primary phase of the Senate campaign is scarcely surprising. Certainly Miller’s supporters could be forgiven for wondering if Halcro would be reaching out to the Libertarians on Murkowski’s behalf without the senator’s permission, especially after he disclosed to the Anchorage Daily News that he had spoken by phone with Murkowski. . . .
That’s my 17-year-old son Jim working on the car Sunday. He and our buddy Carlos expect to have it running tomorrow evening.
Let me be clear: I am not blaming shady Murkowski campaign operatives for this expensive repair, but who knows what other shenanigans will be afoot by the time I make it to Anchorage?
- Aug. 29: Alaska Libertarian Party Calls Emergency Meeting About Murkowski
- Aug. 28: Lisa the Loser vs. Joe Miller, RINO Killer
- Aug. 27: Murkowski Is ‘Insanely Un-Libertarian’
- Aug. 27: Murkowski’s Libertarian Effort Is Led by Longtime Palin Enemy
- Aug. 26: Alaska LP Senate Candidate Dave Haase Is ‘Huge Sarah Palin Fan’
- Aug. 26: Lisa Murkowski ‘Lawyers Up’
- Aug. 26: What’s the Air Fare to Anchorage?
- Aug. 26: It’s All Over for Lisa the Loser
- Aug. 25: Why Joe Miller Won
- Aug. 24: Challenger Miller Upsets Murkowski in Alaska GOP Senate Primary
- July 6: Lisa Murkowski’s Palin Problem