Image: Joe Miller with supporters
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Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller, right, is shown Thursday meeting with supporters at his Anchorage, Alaska campaign headquarters.
updated 10/24/2010 1:13:13 AM ET 2010-10-24T05:13:13

A judge has ruled that an Alaska borough must release personnel records from Senate Republican candidate Joe Miller's time as a government attorney.

Several news organizations sued for the information.

Miller argued that any release of personnel records violated his privacy rights.

Miller is the tea party favorite who faces incumbent Lisa Murkowski, the ousted Republican now running a write-in campaign, and Democratic nominee Scott McAdams.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday that retired Superior Court Judge Winston Burbank said the public's right to know outweighs Miller's right to privacy. Some of the documents will be redacted, Burbank said.

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Miller recently acknowledged he was disciplined for violating the ethics policy while working for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, but said it was unrelated to his departure from the borough.

Burbank ordered that the documents be released by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, which allows time for an appeal. Media attorney Chris Zimmerman says he expects Miller's attorneys to appeal the decision to the Alaska Supreme Court.

Among the documents being sought are details of his resignation from the job last year, and any disciplinary actions taken against him while employed. Among the arguments for release was that the state Supreme Court, in earlier cases, has ruled that candidates for office expose their private lives to public scrutiny.

The Alaska Dispatch, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and Associated Press went to court for the ruling.

A former borough mayor, Jim Whitaker, has said Miller was disciplined for using borough computers for political purposes.

Miller worked as an attorney for the Fairbanks North Star Borough between 2002 and 2009. Although Miller has listed the work experience on his LinkedIn professional networking profile, he has left it off his campaign website.

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Video: Miller, Murkowski neck-and-neck in Alaska

  1. Transcript of: Miller, Murkowski neck-and-neck in Alaska

    ... Joe Miller 's mind, it wasn't supposed to be this way. The tea party favorite defeated Senator Lisa Murkowski in the GOP primary. But then she mounted a surprising write-in bid, extending her campaign against Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams .

    Senator LISA MURKOWSKI: Scott is not ready to lead, Joe is not fit to lead. I have been leading this state -- I have been leading this state...

    COWAN: She turned up the heat during their first televised debate Sunday, trying to capitalize on Miller 's missteps. Over the weekend, a court ruled that some of his personal records had to be made public in light of revelations that Miller used government computers for his personal use.

    Mr. JOE MILLER: It is true. During a lunch hour, I did get on borough computers and I participated in a private poll for about five minutes. It was a mistake I made.

    COWAN: He says those warts make him real, and he accused of Murkowski of having disclosure problems of her own.

    Mr. MILLER: Would you be willing to subject yourself to the same level of scrutiny that your campaign has subjected to me?

    Sen. MURKOWSKI: We filed a financial disclosure that laid out everything, everything that I have.

    COWAN: They both pulled out everything; Murkowski even leaning on the late Alaska Senator Ted Stevens .

    COWAN: That ad was recorded just before the popular senator was killed this summer in a plane crash. Murkowski got his daughter's blessing to use it. But Miller is getting some big-name help too, from Sarah Palin , who in an e-mail to voters is taking a swipe at Murkowski , whose father was once governor, saying, quote, "Public service should be an honor, not a family dynasty." Now, what's still unclear, Brian , is whether Murkowski 's voters will be energetic enough to do two things. They have to not only fill in her name on the ballot, but they also have to circle in that overnight -- oval next to it. They have to do both those things, otherwise the vote doesn't count. Just another logistical hurdle in a race that for now is still neck and neck.

    Brian: All right, Lee Cowan on the big Alaska race tonight.



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