Does Joe Miller Have Any Hope of Making Up Ground in Alaska Senate Race?


Treadwell was riding high on the endorsement of Erick Erickson, the founder and editor-in-chief of RedState.com, when the Daily Beast article hit Alaska’s political fan.

“If you are in Alaska and don’t know who to vote for, I hope you’ll give Mead Treadwell some consideration,” Erickson wrote.

“We are honored to have Erick Erickson’s endorsement. Erick is a patriot and a strong voice for grassroots conservatives,” replied Treadwell. “We appreciate his support for our movement to bring decision-making back to Alaska.”

Then came the Daily Beast article.

Treadwell was described as taking the stage at a Washington, D.C., event full of Kremlin sympathizers meant to celebrate U.S.-Russia relations and saying, “The first question I’m always asked is can I see Russia from my house,” in reference to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. He then said, “Do not forget: we are neighbors because people will be affected.”

Treadwell’s office must have been notified the article would appear in the Daily Beast. The day before it ran, the Alaska lieutenant governor released a statement explaining his position on U.S.-Russia relations, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

"My challenge to Russians is this: Where we are neighbors, help bring our relations back to normal. Help us eliminate salmon bycatch in the North Pacific Ocean. Help us work together to prevent oil spills from all these ships coming through, and help us protect food security in the Arctic. Alaskans depend on this ocean for food and for jobs.”

Miller ran a link to the Daily Beast story in his daily email message to supporters titled, “The U.S. Politicos Kissing Up To Russia (Including Our Very Own…)”

Even Sullivan, the proclaimed front-runner who is not looking back at the GOP pack but ahead at Begich, took time to slam Treadwell.

The Sullivan campaign office issued a press release that accused Treadwell of undermining U.S. foreign policy that was titled, “Mead, what were you thinking?”

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