Earlier this week, Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller — aka “Mr. Noun, Verb and Unconstitutional” — filed a lawsuit seeking to disenfranchise write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski’s voters who misspelled Murkowski’s name. In an amusing twist, Miller’s lawsuit was originally assigned to one of his former supervisors, a federal judge with a pretty low opinion of Joe Miller:
The federal judge originally assigned to hear Joe Miller’s lawsuit to challenge how write-in ballots are counted took himself off the case Wednesday because of the “negative opinion” he held of Miller. . . .
“The process for filling a part-time magistrate judge position is lengthy, a fact well known to Mr. Miller because he had gone through that process,” [Judge John] Sedwick wrote in an order from his chambers. “Mr. Miller’s failure to give reasonable notice of his resignation left the court with no judicial officer resident in Fairbanks, and no ability to fill the vacancy for many months. This incident caused me to form a negative opinion of Mr. Miller.”
At the time, Sedwick was the chief federal judge in Alaska and Miller’s supervisor.
Judge Sedwick is only the most recent in a long string of Miller’s former supervisors who were turned off by his poor conduct in the workplace. Former Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker, who supervised Miller when he worked as a part-time attorney for the borough, was forced to discipline Miller for engaging in unethical activity. Likewise, Miller’s former supervisor at a law firm he worked at for three years explained that “we at this firm were not eager to have him stay, and so when he announced he was leaving, we were relieved.”