With the holidays upon Americans, the media missed an important endorsement on December, 23. The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC endorsed Joe Miller, the conservative Republican candidate who defeated Lisa Murkowski in the 2010 Alaska Senate primary, in his second bid for the U.S. Senate.
The PAC was very influential in the 2010 and 2012 campaign cycles, and quite successful. In 2010 and 2012, dozens of the candidates endorsed by Combat Veterans for Congress PAC were elected to office.
The group’s mission statement reads, “Combat Veterans For Congress Committee is dedicated to supporting the election of fiscally conservative Combat Veterans to Congress . . . who believe in limited government, will rein in the out of control spending of Congress, are committed to preserving and defending the US Constitution, and will support the independence and freedom of the individual as outlined in the Bill of Rights.”
Joe Miller graduated from West Point with honors and was awarded the Bronze Star for leadership in combat, also holding a juries doctorate from Yale Law School and a masters in economics from the University of Alaska.
Miller, a Republican running as a constitutional conservative, said of the endorsement, “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Combat Veterans for Congress Committee, and I am also proud to stand with my fellow veterans in defense of our Constitution. It is time to make America the land of liberty and opportunity the Founders intended, once again.”
Joe Miller, who challenged the 2010 general election results after a number of questionable voter irregularities on the part of Murkowski’s historic write-in campaign, conceded after exhausting his legal options. This time, he will face off against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, the establishment candidate and Connecticut native, and former Natural Resources Commissioner and Attorney General, Dan Sullivan.
While others, such as Air Force Veteran John Jaramillo are running — whom Joe Miller beat out for the endorsement — they have yet to gain any traction. The list also includes Kathleen Tonn, pro-life activist. The Alaska Senate race is currently rated “Leans Republican” on the PeoplesPunditDaily.com 2014 Senate Map, which uses a model that accounts for the notoriously difficult task of polling Alaska.
The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC endorsement, reads:
The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is pleased to endorse former Captain Joseph Miller, Esq., USA who will bring to Congress private sector skills and wisdom to better solve problems in government and represent the Alaska and the Republic…The military is one of the few remaining institutions producing the caliber of men and women needed to restore this nation to the greatness our Founding Fathers envisioned. We have endorsed another Combat Veteran For Congress that General George Washington would have approved of. He is a Veteran who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount up to and including his life.