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.


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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. disinfranchised blogger

    It seems that the largest export of Alaska is bribery,Treason and sedition.Surely these shills for McSame/Failin,understand that secession is treason.The Republic of Texas nuts tried this some years back,and guess what?They ALL went to jail.It seems that ignorance trumps understanding in the party of hate.The only regret I have is some truly nice Republicans are being dragged down to the Neandrethal level of the party loyalists.By the way,with 7 million surveiance cameras at the Pentagon,can anyone explain how we missed the picture af a rather large aircraft impacting.I guess they were all off for King George II and his lost seven minutes.

    October 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. MJ

    Sad he got caught.
    Sad he was found guilty.
    Sad he most likely won't get re-elected.

    October 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Jude

    Send them both home packing....She (Palin) was voted to fight the big cats but as they say...Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely...so Palin became one of them and abused her powers!

    Enough Said...She should be fired and sent home packing.
    Hasta La Vista Baby!!!

    October 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Caven

    Too funny....

    "Palin did not respond when asked if she will vote for Sen. Stevens and promptly boarded the campaign plane."

    In some ways shes amazingly cute, like a 3 year old who runs away when he/she knows shes done something wrong but here mommy/daddy coming.

    October 27, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. MissouriMom

    Oh, puleeze...

    Isn't the next move to bring similar charges against Palin? I mean, she DID get her PERSONAL HOME built by the same company she awarded that Wasilla Sports Center contract to... I'm just saying...

    She's as corrupt as Stevens.

    October 27, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. alpha_nu_916

    when a common crook is convicted for stealing, does gov. palin think to herself "it is a sad day for him and his family."? probably not . . . so why treat sen. stevens any different?
    this man stands for everything gov. palin espouses to be against – the typical corrupt washington insider who loves earmarks. yet gov. palin was a director of his PAC and will still likely vote for him.
    what a hypocrite.

    October 27, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. john jenkins

    I truly hope that Obama/Biden reopen the investigation of Palin's troopergate scandal when the get into office. Perhaps that's why they've been downplaying the findings of Palin's unethical abuse of power as Alaska governor since those findings came to light.

    October 27, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. alaskan ethics

    NO! It was a sad day when mccain picked someone that ABUSED HER POWER!! We know now she gets her ethics from stevens.

    October 27, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. Michele, Pittsburgh, PA

    If Gov. Palin's such a maverick, when asked if she would vote for Stevens, she should have said emphatically "No, I have always fought against corruption in my own state and my own party." Her silence says much. Congratulations, Gov. Palin, you are now officially a Washington insider.

    October 27, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. will

    To the people in Alaska will you now vote for Barack Obama? You have a ridiculous Governor and a crazy old fool for a Senator who is on his way to jail. Will you please do the right thing?

    October 27, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Noorah

    Palin's own face is a sad sight for not only Alaska, but the United States as a whole.

    October 27, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. Obama/Biden 08

    Of course, Palin's two years as governor have done nothing to stop this. Oh well.

    October 27, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Jose, San Diego

    The heat gets a little closer to the Princess herself now; she didn't fight the culture of corruption with big oil in Alaska, she turned the trough in her direction - that natural gas pipeline deal is very shady indeed. So are her contacts with her husband's employer. Not to mention the Wasilla athletic complex scandal. She is a little less gruff than Stevens, but no less corrupt.

    October 27, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Bea

    It's all about Alaska.....

    October 27, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Andrew

    Hey Miss Maverick, he is a criminal. Broke the law. Get it? If it is a sad day for him and his family, maybe he can retreat to his posh retreat built on corruption.

    By the way, how is that secession coming? Still supporting those folks whose hatred of the American gov't exceeds the icy cold of Glacier Bay?

    The GOP lives in a house without mirrors.

    October 27, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. Louis

    Given the recent findings regarding Palin with Troopergate and Stevens with finances, it seems Alaska has it's own unique standards for the ethics of elected officials.

    October 27, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. Shy

    I wonder if she will be quilty in her case also. Remember her lumber for her house was part of the arena built in Alaska.

    October 27, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Susan

    Is abuse of power a criminal offense?

    October 27, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. Sarah

    I respect the judicial system of Alaska
    Both senator and governor abused power and have ethical problems and they were caught guilty

    October 27, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Michael watching from Canada

    I would like to thank Sarah Palin, as Governor of Alaska, for having awarded the $40B natural gas pipeline contract to TransCanada.

    Its good that Alaska is outsourcing jobs to Canada.

    October 27, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. Luke NC

    Wonder what skeletons would come out if they should start investigating Palin? For started, there's that pesky ethics violation thing which has somehow been beaten down in the din of the final weeks of the campaign.

    October 27, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. Rich M.

    What exactly are they teaching up there in Alaska?

    Obsms/Biden '08!

    October 27, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. carol

    i find the continued use of the tem "off the reservation" by CNN very offensive

    October 27, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  24. JOBS BABY JOBS

    IF I WAS FOUND GUILTY 7 TIMES, WHAT WILL HAPPY TO ME STEVENS WILL GET A SLAP ON HIS WRIST AND HE WILL GET RE-ELECTED THE REPUBLICANS ALWAYS TRY AND GET THEIR WAY BUT NOT THIS TIME I AM GOING BLUE ALL THE WAY DOWN THE BALLOT IF MICKEY MOUSE NAME IS ON THE BALLOT AND HE IS A DEMOCRAT THEN HE WILL GET MY VOTE SENATE OF DISNEY WORLD. I CAN"T WAIT TO VOTE FOR OBAMA

    October 27, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    She did speak about herself when she mentioned how corruption influences people UP THERE in Alaska. Was Palin not a benefactor of this corruption, go figure.

    October 27, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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