Joe Miller’s private security goons handcuffed and “arrested” Tony Hopfinger, a reporter for the Alaska Dispatch, yesterday at a campaign event, confiscated his video camera, and returned it with all details of the arrest erased. Miller claims that the gathering, held at a school gym, was private and the reporter was trespassing, but here’s the Anchorage Daily News:
The 3 p.m. town hall was billed by the Miller campaign as a chance for voters to “hear Joe Miller speak for himself.” It was hardly a private gathering. In a Facebook message, the campaign urged Miller supporters to bring their “friends, colleagues, family, acquaintances, neighbors.” And continuing what has become its anti-media theme, the campaign added, “Don’t let the media skew your views.”
It’s nice to see a newspaper simply call bullshit on a politician. And what bullshit it is — as the Dispatch’s own coverage shows, Hopfinger is clearly a dangerous individual, perhaps a terrorist:
[Miller goon] Fulton said Hopfinger was special because he showed those signs of “violence.” Friends of Hopfinger said the reporter has been known to lose his temper and yell at people on occasion, but he’s a bit florid, visibly out of shape, and no apparent threat in scuffle. Some of his friends joke that his wife could probably take him in a fight.
The ADN has a banner ad from Murowski claiming that a vote for the Democrat, Scott McAdams, is a “vote for Miller”, but I’d argue that you better know how to spell “Murkowski” and print very neatly if you’re going to vote for her, because Miller is going to challenge every write-in ballot that doesn’t exhibit model penmanship.