Hey, this thing with Tea Party candidates running away from reporters, it's getting kind of old. Am I right? That's why it's kind of nice to see that Sarah Palin's old friend — and Alaska's next senator in all likelihood — Joe Miller is manning up and putting an end to the practice, in his campaign at least.
Oh, wait, no. He's not answering questions. That would be absurd. No, he's having reporters arrested by his personal magic Joe Miller police squad…
An Alaska editor was "arrested" and handcuffed by bodyguards of Tea Party Senate candidate Joe Miller as the journalist attempted to ask Miller questions following a public event. Tony Hopfinger of the Alaska Dispatch was cuffed and held by the guards in the hallway of a public middle school where the event occurred. The editor was finally released after Anchorage cops ordered the guards to do so. The guards claimed Hopfinger had "trespassed" on the town hall meeting at the school organized by the Miller campaign and that he "shoved" one of the guards.
As reporters attempted to question Hopfinger on the scene, they were also threatened with arrest for trespassing, and confrontations with journalists by guards included "chest bumps" and "shoving matches" at the "bizarre school scene," reports the Anchorage Daily News. The guards confiscated Hopfinger's video camera, and he said a section recording his confrontation with the guards had been erased. A statement from Miller said that the "liberal blogger lost it" at the town hall meeting during a deliberate "publicity stunt."
Come on! What was Miller's policemen gonna do? Not arrest the guy? He was obviously carrying questions. Deadly dangerous questions. You have to exercise a zero-tolerance policy with this kind of radical behavior.
Tags: Alaska, Joe Miller, Senate