Alaska’s Miller Wants Seats on Judiciary and Armed Services

Posted September 2, 2010 at 2:16pm

Alaska Republican Joe Miller said in an interview Wednesday that he is interested in serving on the Senate Judiciary and Armed Services committees should he beat Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams (D) this November for the seat now held by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R).

Miller, a Fairbanks attorney, narrowly defeated Murkowski, the GOP Conference vice chairwoman, in the primary. In an interview with radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, Miller described the Judiciary and Armed Services panels as a good fit for his interests in constitutional law, foreign policy and defense matters. Miller is a graduate of West Point and served in the Persian Gulf War.

“I would absolutely love to be on either of those, both of those,” Miller said, according to a written transcript of the interview. “Frankly, you know, the reason that we’re at the point right now as a nation is because we’ve got activists on the bench. They’ve permitted this growth of government that’s allowed the entitlement state to grab hold and created this dependency that we have. And so that really is critical, that we get people in place that really do honor the Constitution, uphold their oath.”

The Miller campaign did not respond to requests for comment on his committee interests Thursday.

The Alaska primary was Aug. 24. Murkowski conceded the race Tuesday after a count of the absentee and questionable ballots made it clear that she could not make up the 1,688-vote difference that existed with all precincts reporting. Although Murkowski’s loss makes the general election potentially competitive, Miller is considered the favorite in GOP-leaning Alaska.