Thursday, April 2, 2009

Alaska Republican Party Wants A "Do-Over" for Ted Stevens

From KTUU television: ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A day after the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would seek to drop all charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens, the Alaska Republican Party is calling on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich to resign to allow for a special election.

A special election would allow Alaskans "the chance to vote for a Senator without the improper influence of the corrupt Department of Justice," said Alaska GOP Chairman Randy Ruedrich in a letter sent early Thursday morning.

Ruedrich went on to say "The only reason Begich won the November election is because a few thousand Alaskans thought Stevens was guilty of seven felonies."

Well, Randy... good luck with that.

Even though I think it was time for him to step aside anyway, I have no intention of denigrating Ted Stevens in this post. Senator Steven's arrogance and sense of entitlement was not entirely unearned. He was a powerful Senator, and did a lot for Alaska in his long career. I am also not saying I think he was actually innocent of any wrongdoing.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder did the right thing. By his action, he demonstrated that his department will adhere to the rule of law. Under Barack Obama's leadership, the U.S. Department of Justice will be a far different animal than it has been for the eight years of G.W. Bush.

But because Eric Holder has a conscience doesn't give you cart blanche, Randy. With your own history of ethics violations, you should probably just keep quiet.

Just one question springs to mind, Mr. Ruedrich:

For a moment, let's pretend the roles were reversed. Let's imagine Mr. Begich was the one questionably convicted of seven felonies, and because of that, Stevens was the one who managed to squeak through and win.

Would you be calling for a re-do?

Nah. I thought not.

Update: An informal poll conducted by KTUU shows that a "do-over" for "Uncle Ted" may not turn out the way Mr. Reudrich thinks.

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