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Joe Miller Admits To Ethics Breach (VIDEO)

Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller briefly broke his press silence Monday, following a controversial incident involving a reporter who was detained by his vigilante security force.

Miller appeared on CNN's "John King, USA," to divulge a little bit of information about the matter that the Alaska Dispatch reporter had been seeking comment on: a recent claim by a former Fairbanks mayor that Miller had nearly been dismissed from his duty as a borough attorney in 2008 after using company computers to conduct a political operation.

According to Miller, the extent of the situation was never as dire as former mayor Jim Whitaker had insinuated. Miller told CNN's John King that the proceeding took place on his lunch break, not during taxpayer-paid time, and that he was never threatened with termination as a result of going through with the plan.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner has reported that, according to Miller's father, Rex, the younger Miller used co-workers' computers to conduct a poll concerning his bid for Alaska GOP Chairman.

"One noon hour, on his own time at the borough, Joe participated in an online poll voting against [GOP Chairman] Randy [Ruedrich]," Miller said, according to an email from Republican operative Mike Rostad. "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."

Miller later admitted the wrongdoing after his coworkers raised concerns, a breach of policy that drew a reprimand and a period of lost pay, though no suspension or threat of termination, the News-Miner reports.

"John, I'll admit I'm a man of many flaws. I'm not going to sit back and say that I've conducted my life perfectly," Miller told CNN Monday night. "I will tell you that anything that I've done that's not right, it's been accounted for and it's been taken care of and I move on and I learn from mistakes."

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