Ted Stevens on Principles & Values
Republican Sr Senator (AK)
A new attack ad from Democrats uses some of the FBI’s secret recordings that have been played at Stevens’ trial. “Worst that can happen to us is we run a bunch of legal fees and we might have to serve a little time in jail,“ said Stevens to former VECO CEO Bill Allen in a phone call recorded by the FBI.
At the Stevens’ headquarters, they aren’t too happy about the tone of the ad and are annoyed the Democrats are spending about $1 million here to get Stevens out of office. ”Alaskans are rejecting the ads,“ said a Stevens campaign spokesman. ”If Mark Begich wants to keep this about the issues, he would stand up to these groups and say pull them off the air.“
A day after Stevens’s indictment on July 29th, polls put Begich 13 points in the lead. Astonishingly, it also revealed that two-thirds of Alaskans believe Stevens to be at least as ethical as most politicians. This seems to prove that Alaskans do not care much about corruption, as long as their representatives keep the dollars flowing.
On May 29, 2007, the Anchorage Daily News reported that the FBI and a federal grand jury were investigating an “extensive” remodeling project at Stevens’ home in Girdwood. The remodeling work, which more than doubled the size of the modest home, was organized by VECO Corporation, an oil-field service company that has long been a strong lobbying presence in Juneau. Earlier in May, two top Veco executives pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy, bribery and tax charges. Stevens had hired “Washington’s most powerful and expensive lawyer”, Brendan Sullivan Jr., in response to the investigation.
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Newly elected in 2008 & seated in 2009:
Newly appointed in 2009;
special election in 2010:
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Up for 6-year term in 2010:
(13 Democrats; 15 Republicans)
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