Miller releases Fairbanks resignation letter

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010

FAIRBANKS - U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller has released a letter showing he voluntarily resigned last year from his job as a part-time attorney for Fairbanks North Star Borough.

In a resignation letter dated Aug. 29, 2009, Miller writes he was twice asked to take actions for the borough that might have created a conflict of interest with another case he was working on.

The names of the cases are blacked out in the copies of the letter released by the campaign.

The letter also refers to "significant differences of opinion" between he and borough attorney Rene Broker when it comes to North Haven Communities, a semi-private housing manager on Fort Wainwright that has battled the borough on property taxes.

Moreover, the letter complains about the cancellation of Miller's preapproved leave to go elk hunting with his sons.

Miller is seeking to unseat fellow Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Aug. 24 primary. He has been endorsed by former Gov. Sarah Palin.

Miller has maintained he was not forced to resign from the job he had with the borough from 2002-2009. The campaign released a letter earlier this week that asks borough officials to tell members of the press that Miller left his job voluntarily.

The campaign also released a copy of a letter asking the borough to grant him freedom from attorney-client privilege in discussing the reasons for his resignation.

The borough has received multiple public records requests about Miller's time with the borough. The borough said it has hired a lawyer to go through the records, and the ones that can be released should be made public by late Monday.

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