Who is the Florida man trying to beat Liz Cheney?
June 23, 2021 by Nick Reynolds, WyoFile
A Florida resident who has become an odd actor in the campaign to replace Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney said controversial statements he made in the past, such as those related to the QAnon conspiracy theory, were part of the of an effort to discredit a liberal media that was ready against him.
In an interview with WyoFile, Karl “KW” Miller, who recently hosted a candidate forum for Casper with all but two participants in the 2022 Republican Congressional primary, downplayed his past statements apparently showing his support for the theory of Casper. conspiracy. Miller said his social media activity during his 2020 freelance candidacy for the U.S. Congress in the Sunshine State (in which he received 2% of the vote) was an effort to demonstrate the bias of social media giants like Twitter and Facebook.
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David Iverson, one of the event’s organizers and host of the conservative Cowboy State Politics podcast, did not respond to a request for comment on Miller’s involvement.
A Palm Beach resident, Miller recently got involved in the 2022 Wyoming Republican primary race for Cheney’s seat through his America First political committee. The group is “mobilizing to eliminate liberals and socialists [sic] of the political office in 2022 ”, according to its website. Miller comes to Wyoming with a checkered political past that includes criminal charges and social media posts promoting bizarre conspiracy theories.
Now some are raising questions about Miller’s involvement in the Wyoming race and, in particular, how he came to moderate a candidate forum more than 2,000 miles from his home, a stone’s throw away. Former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago.
Who is KW Miller?
The America First Political Committee is an organization not registered with the Federal Elections Committee similar in name to Trump’s “America First PAC”. He does not raise money, but helps embolden candidates in their campaigns against candidates who oppose Trump.
After Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump in the wake of the Jan.6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, Miller said he contacted political activists on the ground in Wyoming in an effort to help run the war. this year, and began work on organizing a congressional candidate forum to narrow the field.
Miller has his own history as a candidate; he ran for the 18th congressional district of Florida. He also has a past marred by controversy and criminal accusations.
Miller was arrested for assault in January following an incident during an early poll in 2020. Miller said he had an argument with a man who removed his mask and spat on a female attendee.
On July 4 last year, Miller tweeted that pop musician Beyoncé was “not even African American”, writing that she had faked her ethnicity to be exposed and to help “the Soros Deep State agenda. for the Black Lives Matter movement “. He added hashtags to the tweet hinting at the QAnon conspiracy theory. He was also arraigned over allegedly dubious trade relations in Africa and other offensive social media posts.
Miller said the tweets, which sparked a storm of media attention in South Florida, were part of a ruse devised by his campaign team to expose a media device to get it out early on.
“I have no knowledge of [QAnon], no affiliation, ”Miller said. “It’s part of the leftist hits they write, they always want to go after whoever is a diehard conservative or whoever is the leader of the party. They are trying to label you as a QAnon conspiracy theorist.
He then referred to a press release from his 2020 campaign claiming that an external media team he hired for his campaign had drafted the tweets in an attempt to track down the “bad actors” in the entertainment industry and medias. Miller said he believed social media giants were censoring his social media campaign after accusing numerous industry players of engaging in sex trafficking and pedophilia.
“They took the hook line and the sinker and ran with it,” he said of the campaign ploy. “We just eliminated them. “
America First’s political committee has worked to solidify support for Tory candidates in many congressional races across the country, Miller said. These efforts are mostly focused against historical players like Cheney, who Miller says do not sufficiently support Trump’s “America First” movement.
But Miller has recently come under attack from critics as an out-of-state upholsterer seeking to unduly influence Wyoming’s election.
After commentators, including candidate and current Wyoming Senator Anthony Bouchard (R-Cheyenne), beat him on social media after the forum, Miller opened a public feud with Bouchard. He then announced his support for Casper’s Republican Representative Chuck Gray, another candidate in the race.
“Chuck Gray impressed me with his legislative record, his knowledge and his vision,” Miller wrote in a post after the forum. “He is clearly the top congressional contender in the Wyoming primary race.”
Several prominent figures in conservative politics, including Wyoming GOP Chairman Frank Eathorne attended the Casper Forum. Bouchard refused to participate and expressed his opposition to Miller’s involvement through his surrogates on social media. Representatives for Cheney also highlighted Miller’s involvement in the forum, sending an email claiming Cheney is fighting for “the future of the GOP while its main opponents engage in conspiracy theories,” citing de numerous unfounded allegations of electoral fraud candidates perpetuated during the forum.
These campaigns are not the only opponents of Miller’s involvement in Wyoming. In a Facebook post, Parker Jackson, a former staff member of former gubernatorial candidate Foster Friess, wrote that Miller “has a history of unbalanced comments and erratic and even violent behavior,” and accused him to denigrate the voters of Wyoming.
“This is exactly the same attitude we get from another East Coast politician that the Wyoming conservatives are trying to get rid of,” he wrote. “He has no place in our state, neither do those who marry him.” Jackson declined to comment further.
Miller defends his involvement.
“Liz Cheney is 100% backed, funded and controlled by groups and money ‘outside of Wyoming’,” he wrote in a statement to many conservative Facebook pages. “The Wyoming congressional seat is already controlled by ‘outsiders’. So I am extremely surprised that some of this group act as if they are offended by the inference that outsiders are involved in Wyoming.
He has no intention of withdrawing from the effort, he said. He will continue to work with candidates on the ground to help galvanize voter support against Cheney, and plans for a subsequent debate to consolidate the field around a single candidate.
“We cannot replace Liz Cheney effectively with seven candidates,” he said, referring to the current field of challengers.
This article was originally published by WyoFile and is republished here with permission. WyoFile is an independent, non-profit news organization focused on the people, places and politics of Wyoming.