I’m not sure people grasp how weird the Joe Miller private security force story is. Here’s more from the Alaska dispatch:
Symbol said Miller became angry with an elderly woman who asked him about his military background. “He ended up getting really huffy with her,” Symbol said.
She said she got about two words into her question when Hopfinger interrupted her, stuck a small camera in Miller’s face and asked him about his work with the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
“I would say Tony was aggressive, and I would say he was rude because he interrupted me, but he didn’t do anything wrong and he wasn’t posing a threat to Miller,” Symbol said.
She said Miller tried to get away from the reporter and in doing so put his hand on her arm and pushed her aside. Her 8-year-old son, Vincent Mahoney, was standing right behind her, and Miller bowled him over in his attempt to get away. “I don’t know if [Miller] didn’t see him or didn’t care, but he didn’t say ‘excuse me’ or ‘I’m sorry’. He didn’t even turn his head,” Symbol said. “He simply did not care at all.”
Symbol said after Miller fled, she turned and saw Hopfinger trying to get around the security guards who were blocking his way. “They kept pushing him back. He kept saying, ‘I have a right to be here, I have a right to be asking these questions.’ Tony would try to walk forward and they would push him back.”
TPM had a profile of the the strange private security company that Miller employs. A source I spoke to says it gets even stranger: some of the guys at this company are actually on active duty. I’ll try to get some documentation of this up later.
Despite all of this, Miller is probably about to join “the most exclusive club in the world”. Where he will vote exactly the same way Lisa Murkowski did, of course.
Update. And here’s an article about the fact that some of Miller’s rent-a-cops are active duty military.