Commentary: Miller should be honest with Alaska voters

The honor code at the United States Military Academy is succinct and straightforward:

"A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do."

That's the issue in Joe Miller's record at the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Miller on Monday told CNN that he had been disciplined for violating the borough's ethics policy in 2008. He gave no details, except to say that whatever it was happened on his lunch hour.

But according to an e-mail by Kodiak Republican activist Mike Rostad, Rex Miller, the candidate's father, told Rostad in a phone conversation that his son used his colleagues' borough computers to vote in an online Republican Party poll. Miller hoped to unseat Alaska party chief Randy Ruedrich and take his place.

The e-mail described Miller's use of multiple computers as an attempt to boost the vote against Ruedrich. In other words, Miller was trying to stack the poll against Ruedrich.

To put it bluntly, the former West Point cadet was cheating.

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