It has been only a week since the 2016 general election and The Alaska Republican Party is already making major changes. The party has a new office and a new top staffer to run it.
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Candidates for state office had until midnight last night to file their last major financial disclosure (7 Day Reports) with the Alaska Public Offices Commission before the election on Tuesday. These reports detail all donations made to campaigns during a three-week span between the end of the 30 Day Report period on October 8 and the 7 Day Report period ending on October 29.
This is the second mailer paid for by the Alaska Republican Party (ARP) in the last week attempting to tie the circumstances surrounding Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Joe Miller’s departure from the Fairbanks North Star Borough in 2008 to the scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server to store emails while she was Secretary of State.
Evaluating these mailers to see what the party’s key messages are against Miller is interesting enough. It can reveal where they think Miller is vulnerable, what voters the ARP thinks they can peel away from him, and any number of other insights into their thinking us political junkies might find interesting.
Miller, however, gave us quite a gift on Monday. As part of his press conference attacking the ARP for alleged financial improprieties, Miller showed a series of mailers the ARP did in 2010 supporting him as the party’s nominated candidate and attacking then write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski.
This is a rarity, normally when we score political attacks, one side is clearly the attacker and one side clearly the target. In this case, we have more of an exchange of fire as the Alaska Republican Party and Libertarian candidate for US Senate, Joe Miller traded similar â€œfinancial irregularityâ€ charges against one another. Deciding who actually came out the winner might be more complicated to sort out.