In an interview with CNN, Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller admitted he was disciplined in 2008 for misusing computers during his work at the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
Miller has been questioned about his 2009 departure from the Fairbanks North Star Borough since late June. Alaska Dispatch was the first to report that Miller had wrongly used borough computers in a failed attempt to become head of the Alaska Republican Party.
In the CNN interview, Miller admitted he was disciplined for misusing borough computers but said "It was during my lunch hour." Miller added that his misuse of the computers and the ensuing reprimand had nothing to do with why he left the borough.
Tony Hopfinger, the co-founder and editor of Alaska Dispatch, was handcuffed by Miller's private security detail at an Anchorage town hall meeting Sunday afternoon after he tried to question Miller about whether he had been politicking on borough time.
After the town hall meeting ended, Hopfinger approached Miller and asked whether he had been on the verge of being fired when he left the borough. Miller said, "no." Hopfinger then asked if Miller had ever been reprimanded for politicking on borough time or using borough equipment. At that point, Hopfinger said, Miller took off down a hallway while his security detail blocked Hopfinger from following.
Hopfinger was then grabbed and handcuffed by Miller's private security detail for at least 30 minutes.
Contact Joshua Saul at jsaul(at)alaskadispatch.com.