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Joe Miller holds Juneau rally on tea party cruise stop-over

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published September 1, 2011

Former Alaska Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller took time to deliver a speech and meet with supporters Tuesday evening in Juneau. Miller's appearance occurred on a brief stop-over during the Conservative Political Action Committee's second annual cruise through Southeast Alaska, hosted this year aboard the Celebrity Millennium by a tea party coalition and the American Conservative Union.

At the Juneau event, Miller explained his new political action committee, the Restoring Liberty Alaska PAC, its overall goals and solicited support for its future plans. He said the PAC will, in the Juneau Empire's paraphrase, "represent and organize citizens now ignored by the state's institutions and political parties," and focus its efforts on a handful of key state-level races in Alaska, both primary and general elections, and possibly some local elections.

A promotional flyer for the event lays out the PAC's main objectives:

The objective of Restoring Liberty Alaska PAC is to impact campaigns across the state for the benefit of all Alaskans. We will fight to get state and local candidates, dedicated to the principles of limited government and free of corruption, elected here at home. We will also fight to defeat candidates who reject an original construction of the U.S. Constitution. We will work to elect candidates who accept the important role of the state in our federal system, practice Thomas Jefferson’s mandate of nullification of unconstitutional laws and assert states’ rights under the 10th Amendment. Finally, we will work to restore vote integrity to Alaska elections.

A dozen or so people attended the rally, which Miller joked to the audience was a pretty good turnout in Juneau, a city not known for its conservative flavor.

At the event, Miller said Sen. Lisa Murkowski's record since her re-election has been no surprise to him and that his campaign was right to portray her as "a liberal."

Although the number of write-in ballots challenged by the Miller campaign was smaller than Murkowski's margin of victory, Miller also reiterated his contention that several elements of state government worked together during his ballot challenge in order to prevent him from winning a Senate seat.

Miller was joined at the event by conservative personalities Jerome Corsi and Victoria Jackson, both of whom leveled strong criticism of President Barack Obama, claiming respectively that his birth certificate is a forgery and that he's actually a communist.

Read more from the Empire, here.