Channel 2 News — A judge has ordered former U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller to pay the state for its legal fees after he sued to challenge the 2010 U.S. Senate election.
Judge William Carey said Miller's intentions in suing were, in his opinion, not to preserve constitutional protections but to win the election over Sen. Lisa Murkowski and to get the benefits that come with the office.
Murkowski won the election with a write-in campaign.
The state's legal fees total more than $17,700. Miller will not have to pay legal fees for Murkowski.
In a news release Friday evening, Miller said Judge Carey was wrong to conclude that he was motivated by the salary of the office of U. S Senator.
Miller said "The Tea Party revolution is not about salary, position, or prestige: it's about bringing America back to its constitutional foundations, where the rule of the law rather than the ruling class prevails."