Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The End of Ted Stevens?

Is Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, finished? John Ensign (R-NV) certainly thinks so. As head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Senator Ensign had some harsh words yesterday for Washington's newest felon.

"Ted Stevens served his constituents for over 40 years and I am disappointed to see his career end in disgrace,"
Ensign said in a statement. "Sen. Stevens had his day in court and the jury found he violated the public’s trust - as a result he is properly being held accountable. This is a reminder that no one is above the law."

Now it is up to Alaskan voters. Senator Stevens had been in an extremely tight race with his Democrat opponent, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, even before Monday's conviction on seven felony charges. The key is whether Alaskans will ignore the ruling and extend the career of a man who has secured more federal taxpayer funds for Alaskan projects than anyone in the history of the state. With such a record of pork, Stevens can never really be counted out regardless of how unlikely a victory might now seem.

(photo credit: senate.gov)