NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Joe Miller is an accomplished man.
According to his website, the Alaskan candidate for U.S. Senate:
- graduated from West Point in the top 1 percent of the Class of 1989;
- served as an armor officer with the 1st Infantry Division in Desert Storm;
- was decorated with the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and other awards;
- earned a degree from Yale Law School;
- earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Alaska;
- was appointed the youngest state magistrate in Alaska history;
- was appointed an acting state district court judge;
- was appointed the youngest U.S. magistrate judge in the nation;
- and ran a successful law practice.
But Miller may be even better known for his role in a freak election in 2010.
A virtual unknown, the tea-party candidate shocked the nation by defeating an incumbent, GOP establishment fixture Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in the Republican primary.
But the moderate incumbent didn’t give up, entering the general election as a write-in candidate.
According to Miller, Murkowski retained her Senate seat because federal contractors, and others who benefited from the status quo, waged a multimillion-dollar campaign and managed to help narrowly defeat him.
Miller is now seeking the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska.
WND’s Michael Thompson spoke to Miller recently at CPAC, the annual gathering of conservatives just outside Washington, D.C.
The Alaskan said his candidacy is catching fire again because voters everywhere are less likely to “blindly check the ‘R’ block.”
Instead, Miller told WND: “I think they’re taking a closer look at all candidates. I think they’re going to be less likely, as we move through this 2014 election cycle, to just accept what the establishment tries to cram down their throats.”
Miller agreed there is a civil war in the GOP, and he blamed it on the establishment, which, he said, sees the tea party and conservatives as a threat to the agenda of growing the government and increasing government control.
The Senate candidate said that’s demonstrated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicating $50 million to defeating tea-party candidates and by Karl Rove and his Super PAC, Crossroads America, targeting conservatives, “because they see them as threat to the way D.C. is operating.”
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