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From Sean Cockerham in Anchorage --

A third-hand report by a Republican activist, purportedly originating with Joe Miller’s father, says Miller was caught using other employees’ computers at the Fairbanks North Star Borough for online polling and then emptying the cache on the computers “so the users wouldn’t know what he had done.”

That’s according to an email that Mike Rostad, a Republican activist in Kodiak, sent to a number of Alaska Republicans Thursday night. Rostad said he had received a call from Miller’s father, Rex Miller, after Kodiak Republicans asked him to find out what happened following the news that former Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker said Miller was caught using borough computers for partisan political purposes in 2008.

Rostad told the Daily News that the email is “pretty self explanatory and I would really urge you to get ahold of the Miller campaign and talk directly to them.”

The Miller campaign won’t confirm or deny any of it.

Miller spokesman Randy DeSoto reiterated that Miller refuses to answer questions about his background. He said Rex Miller is not putting information out.

DeSoto did not respond when asked if Rex Miller made the phone call to Rostad described in the email.

Joe Miller was a part-time Fairbanks North Star Borough attorney in 2008 when he led an attempt to oust state Republican Party chief Randy Ruedrich. Rostad wrote in the email that Rex Miller told him there was a poll being conducted during that effort against Ruedrich. Rostad wrote that Rex Miller told him what happened:

“One noon hour, on his own time at the borough, Joe participated in an online poll voting against Randy. He used four office computers in the office to do it, thinking this was his chance to boost numbers to get rid of Randy. He emptied the cache files on the computers so the users wouldn’t know what he had done. When the users asked what had happened to their caches, (Miller) admitted to what he did. He was reprimanded and docked in pay for several days, but was not suspended or fired.

Rex told me that his son called him that same day and admitted that he did a stupid thing. He said he was sorry. Joe was ‘never in danger of being fired at any time,’ Rex said,”' Rostad wrote in the email.

Kodiak Republican Party chair Darlene Turner told the Kodiak Daily Mirror, in a story published in that paper and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, that Rostad spoke to Rex Miller at her request.

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