Politics

Miller campaign says contentious Tweet referred to Libertarian Party, not primary opponent Lisa Murkowski

The Huffington Post, Salon.com, and much of the liberal blogosphere are breathlessly reporting on the perceived sexism of Alaska Republican primary candidate Joe Miller for a Twitter posting which appeared on his account earlier today.

“What’s the difference between selling out your party’s values and the oldest profession?” Miller wrote on Twitter, referring to the rumors that should Lisa Murkowski ultimately lose the Alaska Republican primary she may run on the Libertarian Party ticket.

The post was subsequently re-tweeted numerous times with the implication that Miller was calling his opponent a prostitute. In the wake of the accusations, the Miller camp removed the post from the page, but not before a number of news outlets had published stories accusing the candidate of misogyny.

A Miller spokesman told The Daily Caller that Miller was not referring to Murkowski in the tweet but rather the Libertarian Party’s lax principles.

“We certainly were not calling Murkowski a prostitute,” Miller spokesman Randy DeSoto told TheDC. “That is why he said the ‘party’s values.’ It was suggesting the absurdity of the Libertarian Party talking to Murkowski who is in no way close to being a Libertarian.”

DeSoto concluded saying that the this story was just a symptom of the slow August news cycle.

After Tuesday’s Alaska Republican primary, Miller maintains a slight vote edge over Murkowski, though the race remains too close to call with absentee ballots yet to be counted.

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