Incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Democrat Scott McAdams blasted GOP opponent Joe Miller for betraying constitutional principles on Sunday after his security guards detained a reporter who tried to ask him a question following a town-hall event.
"We call on [Miller] to immediately disavow the actions of his private security guards for violating the constitutional rights of a United States citizen by illegally detaining him," Murkowski said in a statement. "I find it alarming that Joe feels he needs to hire security forces to protect him from Alaskan voters and members of the press."
McAdams later mocked Miller on Twitter as a hypocrite.
"@JoeWMiller," McAdams tweeted, "in case you were unaware, the Constitution also applies to reporters."
Members of Miller's private security team had handcuffed Tony Hopfinger
of the Alaska Dispatch, accusing him of trespassing and assaulting a bystander at the Anchorage event.
The guards held Hopfinger until police arrived and ordered his release.
A Miller campaign statement noted that the security guards "did not know that the individual they detained was a blogger who was reporting on the campaign."
The Anchorage police also noted to reporters that security guards are permitted by law to make "private person arrests."
More than one outlet, including the Alaska Dispatch, has sued to gain access to Miller's personnel files from his time as an attorney for the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
Meanwhile, Miller told reporters on Oct. 11 that he would no longer answer questions about his background or his personal life.
"We’ve drawn a line in the sand. You can ask me about background, you can ask about personal issues — I’m not going to answer. I’m not," he said at a press conference.
The race is tight on the right, with a survey from Oct. 13 giving Miller a one-point lead — 35 percent over Murkowski's 34 percent.
McAdams, who is mayor of Sitka, Alaska, polled at 27 percent.