Now that Tea Party-backed Joe Miller is officially the Republican nominee for Senate in Alaska, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and his Senate Conservatives Fund are getting behind his bid.
The Senate Conservatives Fund, which is aiding at lest eight Republican Senate candidates this cycle — including Sharron Angle in Nevada, Ken Buck in Colorado and Rand Paul in Kentucky —endorsed Miller shortly after Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) conceded Tuesday.
"Joe Miller was able to accomplish this remarkable victory because Alaskans, like most Americans, have grown tired of the spending, bailouts and debt being forced on them in Washington," DeMint said in a statement endorsing Miller. "This should be a wake-up call to Republicans that politicians who go to Washington to bring home the bacon aren't wanted — even in a state like Alaska that has gotten so much pork under its recent senators."
DeMint remained neutral in the Senate primary despite meeting with Miller several months ago in Washington.
The Senate Conservatives Fund launched a fundraising appeal on its website late Tuesday night for Miller, with a goal of raising $25,000 for the candidate ahead of Election Day.
Miller will face Democrat Scott McAdams in November, who is betting the anti-spending message will not resonate with the majority of Alaska voters.
“One-third of our state’s economy is based on federal spending. To say we're going to do away with that, I don't think is in the interest of Alaska. In fact, I think it would bankrupt our state,” McAdams said Tuesday.