Maybe it’s because it’s way out in Alaska and there’s a big time difference, but GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller’s declaration last week that he’s not going to talk about his past anymore is so comical and indefensible that I’m surprised it hasn’t gotten a bit more attention and put the national Republican committees more on the spot.
It would be an absurd position under any circumstances, but a guy who comes in out of the blue to wrest his party’s nomination away from the incumbent U.S. senator deserves the scrutiny and owes it to voters to be open to it. Add in the fact that Miller’s recent past contains some incidents deserving of scrutiny, and you start to wonder if Miller can really sustain this facade of his past being off limits.
Then this morning comes this quote, via Justin Elliott, from Miller’s old boss at the law firm he worked for in Anchorage back in the ’90s after graduating Yale: “We at this firm were not eager to have him stay, and so when he announced he was leaving, we were relieved.”
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