Begich posts picture with Miller, potential rival

In this photo released by Sen. Mark Begich's office, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, left, poses with Kathleen and Joe Miller on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Begich said the Millers stopped by to thank him for recommending their son for a military academy. Joe Miller, a tea party favorite during his 2010 campaign against Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, is seen as a potential rival to Begich in 2014. (AP Photo/Courtesy Sen. Mark Begich's office)

JUNEAU — “You never know who will stop by the office.”

That was the headline on a post on Sen. Mark Begich’s Facebook page, above a picture of him with Joe Miller and Miller’s wife, Kathleen.

Miller, a tea party favorite during his 2010 campaign against Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, is seen as a potential rival to Begich. The Democratic Begich is up for re-election next year.

All three members of Alaska’s congressional delegation nominated Miller’s son, Jacob, for a military academy. Joe Miller visited Murkowski’s office Wednesday, and the two wound up having a 10- to 15-minute “friendly Alaskan conversation,” talking about things like family and weather, Murkowski’s spokesman said.

The Millers also visited Rep. Don Young’s office and thanked his staff. The House is in recess, and Young was not in his office at the time, Young’s spokesman said.

Begich said it doesn’t matter what party someone belongs to or who they’re related to. He said the younger Miller had good credentials, and he recommended him.

He said the Millers stopped by to thank him for the recommendation. He also said Joe Miller told him he hadn’t decided whether to run for Begich’s seat in 2014.

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