October 27th, 2008
06:04 PM ET
6 years ago

Stevens verdict: Palin reacts

Gov. Sarah Palin reacted to Sen. Ted Stevens' guilty verdict Monday.
Gov. Sarah Palin reacted to Sen. Ted Stevens' guilty verdict Monday.

RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) - Sarah Palin said Monday Sen. Ted Stevens' guilty verdict "is a sad day for Alaska."

"This is a sad day for Alaska and a sad day for Senator Stevens and his family," she said on the tarmac at Richmond International Airport. "The verdict shines a light on the corrupting influence of the big oil service company up there in Alaska that was allowed to control too much of our state. And that control was part of the culture of corruption that I was elected to fight, and that fight must always move forward regardless of party affiliation or seniority or even past service.

"As Governor of the State of Alaska, I will carefully now monitor the situation and I'll take any appropriate action as needed. In the meantime, I ask the people of Alaska to join me in respecting the workings of our judicial system and I'm confident that Senator Stevens from this point on will do the right thing for the people of Alaska," she said.

Palin did not respond when asked if she will vote for Sen. Stevens next week and promptly boarded her campaign plane.


Filed under: Sarah Palin • Ted Stevens
soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    Did Sarah just throw Ted under the bus?

    October 27, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. a grad student in biomed research

    Palin: "that control was part of the culture of corruption that I was elected to fight,"

    but wait, Gov Palin, weren't you found guilty of violating ethics and abusing powers????

    please do help me understand, governor.

    October 27, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. McHoover Will Destroy What is Left of America

    2 peas

    1 pod

    October 27, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. joe-6-pack

    SARAH PALIN -The verdict shines a light on the corrupting influence of the big oil service company up there in Alaska that was allowed to control too much of our state.............Why then do people of alaska collect $3000 + from the oil companies?

    October 27, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    Hey Palin!

    I thought you had a handle on the big oil companies and corruption! Well, it happened right in your back yard, with BIG OIL COMPANIES!!

    Hmmmmmmm......fit to be VP? NO

    Fit to be Governor? NO!!

    October 27, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. Sarah McMaster

    Yes, Sarah, tell us all about how the evil 'BIG OIL' caused all of those problems in your state. Then tell us how you are going to keep fighting to keep them in check. Oh, and somewhere along the line, how about telling us how they were YOUR MAJOR CAMPAIGN SUPPORTERS?!?!

    Geez, the hypocrisy runs a lot deeper in Alaska than it does in the rest of the country!

    October 27, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Senator Palin today introduced Senator Stevens to the underside of the bus of her ambition, where he joined Senator McCain.

    October 27, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. Get Real

    You are next

    October 27, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Jeff

    The problem with corruption in Alaska is the Republican party. What does it take to get 600,000 plus people to wake up? They elected Palin didn't they? Hmmm.

    October 27, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. lou

    Another alaskan joke...Go home Sarah...America is not buying your nonsense....

    October 27, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. chelle

    What action exactly?? He's not her employee for pete's sake. He's a Senator – she can't fire him!

    October 27, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. Republicans= Me First Country Last

    Please! Palin worked for Stevens. She's even worse than he is.

    October 27, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. vw

    Sen. Ted Stevens is just the victim of political fighting.

    If compared to the guilty verdict for Detroit Mayor, Senator Stevens' guilty is nothing......

    October 27, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. Frank

    She says it's a "sad day" up there in Alaska. Is she implying that Alaska likes crooks and wants them representing the people of Alaska? I think we just saw some real insight into Ms. Palin. Crooks are ok, as long as they are Our crooks. Or maybe she's thinking ahead about her own trial which is looming in the future.

    A "sad" day, it should be a happy day, up there in Alaska to also to see. (Palinese)

    October 27, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. bill from florida

    NICE OF HER TO SAY THIS AS SHE RAN HIS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE. HE SHOULD RESIGN IMMEDIATELY FROM THE SENATE. WHAT A DISGRACE

    October 27, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. The Truth

    Corruption junction Alaska, aye?

    October 27, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. Josh

    Gov. Palin didn't you abuse your power too??????

    October 27, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. James

    Maybe Stevens and Palin can share a jail cell.

    October 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. Louise in Arizona

    How can she say anything, she should go and hide under the mud she slings before people focus back on her being found unethical and she is still under investication for the firing of her brother-in -law.
    Her own newspaper endorse Obama. Sarah you are an embearsment to our great UNITED STATES.
    So go home and join the rest of the negative where you say you hace executive experience.
    We will all thank you

    October 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. Josh In North Carolina

    Sarah Palin's signature accomplishment a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 — emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an AP investigation shows.Corruption?

    October 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. Confused in the UK

    Hello to you all from across the Atlantic,

    What amazes me the most is not that he's corrupt – he's a 20+ year veteran politician after all – it's that anyone would consider voting for an 84 yr old man to represent them.

    Surely his values can't be the same as 80% of the population. Vote him out and let him spend some time watching re-runs of Matlock.

    October 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Pochacco

    Palin priobably hopes that Stevens wins the election and then resigns, so that as governor she'll be able to appoint his replacement.

    October 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. bayo

    end of GOP

    October 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. fredrick

    Sarah Palin is next. She abuse power and will be sentence sooner than later.......Thanks but no thanks

    October 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  25. Erik

    Abuse of power and ethics law violations (declared by a Republican-dominated legislative commission), pregnant high-school dropout daughter and hooligan boyfriend, constant double-speak, questionable per diem charges, questionable child travel charges, inability to name one news periodical she has read, no understanding of the Bush Doctrine, says “Maverick” too much, flirts and winks instead of appearing Presidential, doesn't know Russians don't cross her airspace, claims Mayorial experience of a town with fewer than 8,000 people strengthens Presidential qualifications. The woman is a loon.

    October 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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