Opinion: Social media wrap: Alaska’s Joe Miller apologizes to Lisa Murkowski for staffer’s tweet


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Joe Miller may be a newcomer to the imbroglio that is Alaskan politics and it seems his team is suffering a little getting used to conducting a high-profile political campaign on the social-media networks.

Miller, leading but locked in a tight GOP primary race with incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski with only absentee ballots to count, apologized on behalf of his campaign after a staffer appeared to compare his opponent to a member of ‘the world’s oldest profession,’ on his Twitter feed.


The tweet read: “What’s the difference b/n selling out your party’s values and the oldest profession?”

It’s a reference to the widespread belief among Alaska conservatives that the incumbent Republican voted with Democrats far too often in Washington.

Murkowski demanded an apology, and got one, with Miller tweeting he was sorry and that his staffer was ‘trying to encourage Libertarians not to sell out.’ The tweet also may have referred to the possibility that Murkowski, should she lose to Miller, could under Alaskan political regulations challenge him as a member of a different political party.

The original tweet has been deleted and the staffer cautioned, the Associated Press reported.

-- Craig Howie

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