Republican Party candidate for U.S. Senate Joe Miller canceled a planned appearance today at the Anchor River Inn in Anchor Point. Miller will not visit the lower Kenai Peninsula today and will stay in Anchorage.
"We are very sorry we had to cancel this event," said Harmony Shields, Miller's scheduler.
Miller canceled his trip to deal with an incident that happened on Sunday in Anchorage, Shields said. She referred to a campaign appearance at Central Junior High School in Anchorage in which security guards from Drop Zone Security hired by Miller handcuffed and detained Alaska Dispatch editor and reporter Tony Hopfinger.
Jonni Roos of the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce said she also had received word that Miller would not be attending today. Shields said Miller might schedule another visit to the lower Kenai Peninsula, but could not confirm any dates at this time. Miller does have an event calendar on his Web site that lists public appearances and that is periodically updated.
Perhaps the Miller campaign is dealing with this:
A person who, in this state, hires another person to guard a person in this state with arms or deadly weapons, or a person who comes into this state armed with deadly weapons for the purpose of guarding a person, without a written permit from the commissioner of public safety, is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 60 days, or by a fine of not more than $1,000, or by both.
According to may latest information, even Tony Hopfinger doesn't know if Joe's Stasi punks were armed. One would hope that the Anchorage Police Department, querying the goons, determined whether or not this was the case.
Why? Because the thugs had no licences recognized by the State of Alaska. If that is the case, carrying firearms would have been in violation of the State certification they would have been required to possess.
Were they armed? I suspect not.
So Miller's campaign, which wanted the local press to think he couldn't be at yesterday's Anchorage debate because he was committed to be at Anchor Point and other Kenai Borough communities, not only stiffed the other candidates for the U.S. Senate seat, he stiffed the Alaska voters in the lower Kenai.
Who's Joe going to lie to today?