Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller of Alaska, who holds a slim lead over Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the state’s Republican primary that’s still too close to call, says the National Republican Senatorial Committee may be inappropriately meddling in the intra-party contest.
“You have to be concerned anytime somebody lawyers up and tries to pull an Al Franken, if you will,” wrote Miller on his campaign Web site in reference to reports that Murkowski was seeking legal help from the NRSC as state election officials continue to count absentee ballots.
Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Norn Coleman in the state’s 2008 Senate race that took months to decide.
“We are very aware that there may be some attempt here to skew the results. I hope that is not the case. Alaskans won’t stand for any post-election foul play; the accurate vote of the people must stand,” Miller said.
The “tea party” backed challenger said the committee’s proper place during the Republican primary election in Alaska is on the “sidelines.”
“The purpose of the organization is to elect Republicans to the U.S. Senate, not to pick favorites amongst those running, nor to send lawyers to try to manipulate the outcome,” said Miller of the panel, the fundraising arm of Senate Republicans.
Miller added that since Murkowski has not publicly ruled out a third party run, it would be “inappropriate for the NRSC to spend money on a candidate who may not even be the Republican nominee and in fact may change parties to run against the Party’s choice.”