BISMARCKâ€”Joe Miller wants people to know he isnâ€™t that Joe Miller.
The North Dakota Republican state senator said heâ€™s been getting requests for yard signs and press interviews since Sarah Palin endorsed a U.S. Senate candidate with the same name.
That Joe Miller is the 43-year-old Tea Party candidate in Alaska, who bested incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the stateâ€™s Republican primary.
Miller, 27, of Park River said his first mistaken identity call came from an Atlanta reporter wanting an interview.
â€œI was like, â€˜Yeah, I think youâ€™ve got the wrong guy. As far as I know, I wasnâ€™t endorsed by Sarah Palin,â€™â€ said Miller, a state senator since 2009 who isnâ€™t up for election this year.
Then AARP wanted to know why he hadnâ€™t sent back his questionnaire. Then a political action committee called wanting to send money. And then thereâ€™s the weekly requests for yard signs.
â€œThey call coming out of Alaska. Thatâ€™s whatâ€™s hilarious,â€ Miller said.
Despite some Alaskans not realizing the area code difference, there are some clues as to why people would be confused.
â€œIf you catch me on the wrong day, I do kind of look like him,â€ said the typically clean-shaven North Dakota Miller. The Alaska Miller has a beard.
Despite the calls and e-mails, the North Dakota Miller doesnâ€™t mind too much and called the Alaska Millerâ€™s campaign office to find out how to redirect traffic.
â€œOverall, I probably think a lot like that Joe Miller in Alaska,â€ Miller said. â€œIâ€™m probably more in line with his way of thinking than Iâ€™m not, so itâ€™s no big deal to help him out.â€