Yesterday we went negative to close out 2016, but today we go positive. Here are the best things we saw in Alaska politics this year.
Here is another interesting article by Dr. Eric Ostermeier on the site Smart Politics. This one shows Joe Miller outperformed any previous Libertarian Party candidate in a U.S. Senate race since at least 1976.
But was Miller really a Libertarian Party candidate? It sure looked to a lot of people like was he just renting their slot on the ballot and using it as a base from which to once again wage war against his white whale, Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Either way, Miller still showed he was a far more voter-friendly candidate than anyone else to appear on Libertarian line possibly ever.
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.