Nathan Miller

Corona man, who also is a Riverside Community College District board member, admits to sending the tweets

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 4, 2016 – Updated: 7:01 p.m.

An Inland Republican Party official resigned from his state government job Thursday, Aug. 4, a day after he sent tweets from the party’s official Twitter account that featured a menacing hangman and the words “I’m Ready for Hillary.”

Nathan Miller stepped down and admitted sending the tweet, said Russell Lowery, chief deputy to Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey. Miller had worked as an advisor to Harkey, an elected Republican official, for about nine months, Lowery said.

Lowery did not know whether Miller, who lives in Corona, was on taxpayer time when he sent the tweets. State law forbids public employees from engaging in political activities during work hours.

Secret Service agent Robert Savage confirmed the agency was aware of the tweets, which could be construed as a threat to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, although he added: “We don’t discuss protective intelligence investigations.”

Miller, who is vice president the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. His Facebook page listed him as a deputy district director for the Board of Equalization, which administers taxes and oversees fee collections.

His job paid him roughly $100,000 a year.

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, the county GOP’s official Twitter account sent out two tweets of the picture, which featured a portrait of a masked hangman holding a noose with blood on his shirt and running down his apron. The words “I’m Ready for Hillary” were directly below the hangman.

The tweets were made in response to a Democrat who tweeted at the county GOP asking where she could find “Republicans for Hillary” signs. One of the hangman tweets included the caption: “sorry they never arrived but this is pretty popular.”

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