State GOP chair questions former mayor's motives

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010

JUNEAU - The chairman of the state Republican party says former Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker is trying to influence the outcome of the Alaska Senate race with claims about GOP candidate Joe Miller.

Whitaker told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that Miller had nearly lost his job as an attorney with the borough in 2008 for using government computers in a failed effort to overthrow GOP chair Randy Ruedrich. He said it was his understanding that Miller had used borough computers to engage in "proxy voting" - a claim that Ruedrich calls baseless. Ruedrich says that process doesn't exist at the state convention.

Whitaker told the paper he remembered the term coming up at a meeting with his chief of staff and the borough attorney and human resources director, who'd briefed him on the situation.

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