On March 12, JoeMiller.us, the web site of 2010 Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller, sent out a public announcement to e-mail subscribers denying connection to an Alaska militia leader arrested this week near Fairbanks.
The release seems to dispute a phrase from a recent Reuters report about the raid and arrests of five people in Fairbanks earlier this week for, among other charges, allegedly plotting to murder multiple Alaska State Troopers and a federal judge.
In the statement of distance, Miller refers to an Anchorage Daily News news aggregate item centrally linking readers to a September 2010 Salon.com article quoting militia leader Schaeffer Cox, among those arrested in the recent raid.
The aggregate item notes that Cox criticised Miller in the interview for seeking office, but doesn't mention that Salon also paraphrases Cox saying that, at the time of publication anyway, he "personally knows and likes" Miller.
Miller's message is presented below without alteration.
Miller Responds to False Allegations Former US Senate Candidate Joe Miller is disputing the media's characterization of him as a close friend and associate of arrested Alaska Militia leader Schaeffer Cox. Mr. Miller became acquainted with Mr. Cox through Republican Party politics, not unlike many other State leaders. Mr. Cox offered no tangible support to Miller's run for the US Senate; he was neither a campaign contributor nor volunteer; and, save for public forums during the campaign, has had no contact with Mr. Miller subsequent to his run-ins with the law early last year. To the contrary, Cox himself was critical of Miller during last fall's campaign. ("Schaeffer Cox of Fairbanks, commander of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia, tells Salon he isn't a Miller supporter.") Mr. Miller has never had any connection to any of Mr. Cox's militia organizations, and in no way condones any lawless behavior.