Ted Stevens Indicted

by Ryan on July 29, 2008

in Election 2008,Politics

Former Senate Pro-Temp Alaska Senator Ted Stevens (R) was indicted today on seven counts of making false statements about gifts he received from an oil contractor seeking Washington’s help.  It’s evident that from 1999-2006 Stevens was making false statements about this relationship.  The issue is not bribery, however, just an 84 year old forgetting about gifts leading to about $250,000 worth of work done to his own house. 

Since Stevens is a Republican, the mere indictment is probably enough to put pressure on Stevens to resign.  Some already believe he should resign.  Two issues help the Dems here: he’s a long-serving Republican indicted during an election year, plus the alleged beneficiary of this relationship was an evil Alaskan oil services firm, VECO and its founder Bill Allen, which will play into the Dems anti-Big Oil/Alaska drilling mantra this year.

At least Alaska has a Republican Governor.  If Stevens doesn’t politically survive this, Governor Sarah Palin can always appoint another Republican to the seat without risking an election or recall in this uncertain election cycle.  Nonetheless, term limits, anyone?

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