Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Republicans Tell Stevens to Stay


"Calls mount for Stevens to resign; GOP favors special election for senator's seat" by Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press | October 29, 2008

Now note this:

Many hope that Stevens will first win reelection... Stevens has given no indication that he's even considering resignation.... an appeal... could take a year or more."

Please, do NOT be FOOLS, Alaskans!!!

WASHINGTON - A growing chorus of Republicans yesterday called for Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska to resign from a seat he's held for four decades after his conviction on seven felony charges.

Btw, I AM A REPUBLICAN, too!!!

But with the party bracing for losses in the upcoming election, many hope that Stevens will first win reelection next Tuesday, and then resign to give Republicans a chance to fill the seat with a fresh GOP face.

Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. Palin, who has campaigned on a record of standing up to corruption, stopped short of issuing such a call on Monday.

Yeah, she would rather WASTE MORE TAXPAYER $$$ with a SPECIAL ELECTION!!! Some 'reformer," huh?

Stevens has given no indication that he's even considering resignation. His spokesman did not return messages seeking comment yesterday. But following his conviction, Stevens forcefully declared that he remained a candidate. He asked for patience from his colleagues while his appeals play out and announced that he was heading back to Alaska to campaign.

Some Republicans were not so patient. "Service in the Senate demands the highest ethical standards," Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, said yesterday. "Unfortunately, his conviction proved that he has failed to meet those standards and he should resign immediately."

One of the truly decent senators in that building, folks!

"We're frustrated because of the time frame. We're disappointed he didn't step down before this," said Alaska state Representative Wes Keller, a Republican who plans to vote for Stevens. If Stevens wins and returns to Washington, how long he stays may be up to Senate colleagues.

A Senate ethics investigation would begin and Stevens could be expelled from the Senate on a two-thirds vote. McConnell predicted Stevens would be expelled, but he left open a large caveat: that the conviction survives an appeal, which could take a year or more.

"If he is reelected and the felony charge stands through the appeals process, there is zero chance that a senator with a felony conviction would not be expelled from the Senate," said Don Stewart, a spokesman for McConnell. --more--"

Also see:
Guilty Stevens Won't Do Time

That kind of gets you boiling mad, doesn't it?