November 18th, 2008
10:58 AM ET
3 years ago

An unhappy birthday for Stevens?

 Steven turns 85 Tuesday.
Steven turns 85 Tuesday.

(CNN) - It may not be the happiest of birthday's for Ted Stevens. As the longtime Republican Senator from Alaska marks his 85th birthday, he's fighting for his political life.

Stevens was convicted last month of seven felony counts in federal court.

He's locked in a re-election battle with his Democratic challenger, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich. Two weeks after election day, the vote counting in Alaska continues. Begich currently leads Stevens by 1,022 votes in the fight for Steven's seat, which he's held for 40 years. Some 24,000 votes remain to be counted, as well as absentee ballots from overseas. The results may not be made final until the first week of December.

Back in Washington, Senate Republicans today could vote to expel Stevens from their ranks. This after a move by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, to force a vote on ousting Stevens from the GOP conference, which would strip him of his committee assignments if he survives his campaign battle and is re-elected.

Stevens is trying to become the first person awaiting felony sentencing to ever get elected or re-elected to the Senate. A federal jury found him guilty of lying about gifts and work on his Alaska home. Stevens says he's innocent and will appeal.

UPDATE: Moments after the GOP senators' meeting began Tuesday, DeMint announced he would put off the vote until after Alaska announces the final tally of the close election. An unofficial tally could come Tuesday night.


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soundoff (281 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Why is it taking them so long to re-count votes?

    November 18, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Sue

    Guess they couldn't wait until he loses his seat to Begich. Gotta force this vote today so they don't have time to deal with anything important to the rest of the country.
    I really wish there were term limits in both Houses. By the time someone is 80, they really need to get on with the rest of their lives. Congress and Washington get to be too much of a habit...and that applies to Ted Kennedy as well (and my Congressman who just won his ☀10th term.) Let them go back home and get a real job, and use their Washington knowledge in their states. I say four House terms and two Senate terms are plenty...move on!

    November 18, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Purple Nurple

    He is a crook, and we all know it. I hope he is not elected again for goodness sake!!!

    November 18, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Sue

    TOM,
    I believe they are hand-counting, and that takes a long time.

    November 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. Anonymous

    #1-why would any reasonable person vote for anyone knowing he was just convicted on 7 felonies?....I answered my own question when I remembered Palin was from Alaska.....a different culture..

    November 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Legion

    Because they hate america of course!

    November 18, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Diana

    This is rediculous, a Senator having a felony charge getting the chance to be re-elected how stupid people are these days. It really shows that even if you have a felony charge you can become a senator, what kind of role model or our Senators showing our young children. NOT COOL..

    November 18, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. So many people just causing problems

    Sue, I completely agree with you. There's a time when people get too used to Washington and have gotten too seperated from the actual people they are supposed to represent. There should be limits.

    Anonymous, who ever you may be, the reason people still vote for someone convicted of 7 felonies is because they don't take responsibility with their vote. To me it's absurd that someone can be convicted on 7 counts related to having their pockets padded by corporate America and any voter can think "he's looking out for our best interestest...no really, he is....lets vote for him".

    November 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Choosing our Crooks

    And how did our new President-elect get his house in Hyde Park, Chicago, with the adjoining property? We are overlooking the little detail of his relationship with Rezko, a convicted con artist, are we not? I am sure the "Chicago Senator " has a few more details to come out in the wash. Stevens dealings are "small potatoes" compared to Mr Obama.

    November 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  10. joyce

    Term limits should be the law and only ONE to a person. No pension, no insurance, no perks of any kind.

    November 18, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. Crystal Plummer

    Reelection should not even be an option for this criminal. He belongs in jail.

    November 18, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. DebM, Allentown, PA

    Keeping my fingers crossed that Begich wins. Stevens can't be kicked out of a Senate seat he doesn't have, which means no special replacement appointment or election, which means no Sarah Palin worming her lying, divisive, crooked way into the Senate. That would be the present this country could have!

    Happy Birthday ex-Senator Stevens!

    November 18, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. Seattle Sue

    Well we can't say that Stevens was not old enough to know right from wrong. This old man deserves time in jail. Happy Birthday Ted! I don't know what the people of Alaska are thinking to even vote for a convicted felon.

    November 18, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Moe, NY

    This man is a convicted felon, he has no business running for any office in America. 40 years in the Senate...prime reason to enact term limits of 6 years..and out they go!

    November 18, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. The Legacy of Obama

    Greed is not Good ...

    Greed is selfish and destructive to the long term interests of a Unified America. Ambition will be encouraged but elevating one’s self up by steeping on the backs of others through exploitation will cease.

    Renewable Energy …

    The end of an oil-based Energy Policy … instead we want clean renewables … Wind & Solar … Biofuels … … A Halt to Green House Gases and Global Warming … and end to Iranian & Russian Wealth from Oil Exports … and end to our need to go to War in the Middle East. A more stable, cleaner and peaceful Earth.

    November 18, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. Raj, Canada

    He is from the "real" and "pro-American" part of the country isnt he? Hypocrisy at its best

    November 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. CROOK

    CRIMINAL

    November 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  18. Tiff of Lithia Springs

    I think that people were voting for Stevens because if he won and stepped down then Palin would have the chance to select a Republican.

    I hope Begich wins. Alaska is not there own country yet and need to govern themselves with common sense like everyone else!!

    November 18, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. kathy

    This jerk belongs in prison with Bush, Cheney an the rest of
    the losers who have insulted this country. What a disgrace!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 18, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. Jan

    And, how big was the deal on Obama's property in Hyde Park that he got from Rezko? I thought it was proven that he got a deal in the 100's of thousands?Stevens is only a Senator. the Dems voted in Obama for President! Double standard?

    November 18, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  21. Mark

    This is some country we live in. You may run for elected office but you cannot vote for yourself on election day? How is it we allow somebody to even run for office under these circumstances?

    November 18, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  22. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Happy Birthday Ted! You look good in bright orange! We have no cake, but we do have some candles in some humble pie!

    November 18, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. Jackie

    "Commentary: Obama already struggling with lobbyist promises" by Campbell Brown.

    We're missing the big picture here. Obama's "promises" were simply statements designed to fit the "narrative" of change. We must learn to distinguish between the "narrative" and the reality of truth.

    Let me explain further using this example. So in Ms. Brown's commentary, she opines that Obama is "struggling" to keep his promises about lobbyists not setting the agenda in his administration. In reality, he's not struggling at all. His statements during the campaign period were designed to fit the "change" narrative. They were not meant as any sort of indication of how he intended to build an administration or govern our nation.

    In summary, we as consumers of news must learn to acknowledge the narrative, but realize the truth. Otherwise, we risk losing our ability to effectively choose our leaders.

    November 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. Tiff of Lithia Springs

    To "choosing our crooks" that's Mr. PRESIDENT TO YOU BUDDY!!

    November 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. Alex

    This is an example of a pure political junk that we have in Washington. People of Alaska should be ashamed of themselves for casting even a single vote for this guy.

    November 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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