Democratic Senator Blasts DNC Chairman

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:28 PM EDT

1st Add: Includes conservative, GOP response to Miller letter.

( - The Democratic National Committee isn't commenting on Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.) or his blistering Monday letter to the editor of the Washington Post.

In his letter, Miller said Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe "reminds me of a sub-par golfer desperately in need of a mulligan."

Miller also took offense at McAuliffe's "statement after statement, TV ad after TV ad, railing against the tax cut."

Miller claimed that McAulliffe is hurting the 18 Democrats who voted in favor of tax relief earlier this year, and asked, "Why ridicule them and imply they are dumb and wrong?"

The Senator also criticized McAuliffe for calling Elizabeth Dole a carpetbagger. "How Hillaryous can you get?" Miller wondered.

Dole, the wife of former senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Robert Dole, is contemplating a run for Senate from North Carolina, and may seek the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Jesse Helms.

But Miller noted that Elizabeth Dole was "born and bred in North Carolina. She is no carpetbagger."

Numerous messages seeking comment were left with the DNC press office, which did not return calls. However, the research department at the Republican National Committee took the liberty of distributing the letter across the Internet via e-mail.

The group Americans for Tax Reform took similar liberties, noting that it was Miller who wrote another letter to a Georgia newspaper in June saying "Unlike our GOP opponents, we have to prove that we will not raise taxes, let all of the crooks out of prison, pour the public's money down a variety of ratholes, double everybody's welfare check, condone the burning of the American flag, let serial ax murderers escape the electric chair, confiscate everybody's guns and take down the Christmas tree at City Hall."