Miller Admitted Lying About Ethics Breach

Documents released from 2008 incident include mea culpa
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2010 9:15 AM CDT
Miller Admitted Lying About Ethics Breach
In this Sept. 16, 2010 photo, Joe Miller answers questions from the media following a debate with Scott McAdams.   (AP Photo/Chris Miller)

Joe Miller used local government computers for political purposes and lied about it while employed as a Fairbanks North Star Borough attorney in 2008, according to documents just released by court order. “I lied about accessing all of the computers. I then admitted about accessing the computers, but lied about what I was doing,” Miller wrote in a 2008 email to another Fairbanks attorney, according to the Anchorage Daily News. “There is absolutely no excuse for any of it.”

Miller used his co-workers’ computers to vote in a poll against state Republican chairman Randy Ruedrich, who Miller was trying to replace. He later explained that he used multiple computers to ensure the votes “would have different URLs,” a co-worker tells the Wall Street Journal. (He probably meant IP addresses.) He then cleared the computers’ caches to cover his tracks, deleting their passwords and browsing history in the process. The act violated the borough’s ethics policy against using government equipment for political purposes. (Read more Joe Miller stories.)

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