Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What's Wrong with Alaska? Convicted Felon Sen. Stevens May Win Re-election

Convicted felon Ted Stevens of Alaska may be headed back to the U.S. Senate.

The long-time Republican lawmaker is ahead—just barely—with 99 percent of the vote counted. The outcome of the race depends on the votes yet to be counted, which could be enough to swing the race to Stevens' Democratic rival, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.

The Anchorage Daily News summed up the vote this this damning paragraph:
If [Stevens'] lead holds, Stevens will shock the nation and be the first person ever re-elected to the U.S. Senate after being found guilty on criminal charges.

1 comment:

Tulsan said...

Don't forget that Rep. Don Young of Alaska is still under investigation by the FBI. He had close ties with Abramoff, and is likely to indicted.

Palin news from Newsweek:

One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.