44: Murkowski third-party bid compared to prostitution

By Rachel Weiner
Friday, August 27, 2010; 5:15 PM

Alaska mayor Joe Miller and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are still locked in a tight primary fight. (Results on Wednesday showed Joe Miller holding a slim lead of about 1,900 votes, but a winner won't be declared until election officials count as many as 10,000 absentee ballots.) In the meantime, Miller has been squabbling with the National Republican Senatorial Committee over their support for Murkowski. And today, on Twitter, he sent out a link to an article suggesting the Libertarian Party might take Murkowski as its candidate with the message, "What's the difference between selling out your party's values and the oldest profession?"

The tweet was subsequently deleted. Miller apologized, saying a staffer was responsible: "Please accept my apologies. Staffer trying to encourage Libertarians not to sell out."

It's not clear if he was referring to Murkowski selling out the Republican Party or the Libertarian Party selling out by embracing her.

Alexandra Petri analyzed Miller's twitter output earlier this week:

Miller's twitter page is rife with enough hashtags to dazzle someone who is dazzled by lots of hashtags. It boasts a picture of him wearing a brown jacket and looming in front of a mountain that looks as though it got lost on the way to a model call for desktop backgrounds. Since opening his account, he's left a trail of more than 1000 tweets -- 1189, to be precise -- and dozens, if not hundreds, of them are simply lists thanking people for "#FFs and RTs." His followers -- 2,295 of them -- barely exceed those he follows -- 2014! He is all about the networking side of social networking, the back-scratching, I-follow-you-you-follow-me approach to Twitter.

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