November 18th, 2008
10:58 AM ET
4 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. Carolyn

    O.K. People it's Nov. 18 my question is do anyone in Alaska knows how to count, it 's not taking this long. What's really going gone, same old lies, same old underhanded dealings. We the people of the United States of America is so very tied of this crazyness. Come on seven felonies and a senator, you guys think you are above the law. If anyone else in the country had seven felonies he or she would not be able to VOTE MUST LESS BE A SENATOR .....OR GET A GOOD PAYING JOB. If so please tell the rest of the world how to do this. Oh I forgot you guys have Palin for governor know wonder, come on Palin take charge...... take care of this so you can shine for the GOP's this is a good start. You betsh.................................................

    November 18, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. parker

    HILARY CLINTON SAID IF YOU SPEAKE OUT YOUR AN
    AMERICAN
    WAS SHE A NEO KEN?
    YOU CAN SPEW YOUR HATE
    BUT IF SOMEONE HAS A DIFFERNT SLANT THEN THE WORD "NEO" IS USED

    November 18, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. stoppuppymills

    1. A person who is convicted of a crime has no business being a member of Congress.

    2. NO ONE should be in Congress for 40 years! Two terms should be all anyone gets (and they should have to pay into Social Security, rather than receiving the retirement benefits they currently are entitled to).

    November 18, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. G.O.

    Maybe, just maybe, Stevens has appealed and he's looking to get off on a technicality like Obama's buddy AYERS. How anybody can vote for a man who has a friendship with a terrorist is beyond me. I wouldnt have voted for McCain if he were friends with Timothy McViegh!! Whats the difference? NONE

    November 18, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. independent

    i share a birthday with a crooked alaskan felon. great.

    November 18, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. California Gold

    No matter what happens, he still gets that golden parachute sweet retirement income courtesy of the American taxpayer.

    November 18, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Ronald

    He should be in Jail. This isn't equal., a poor person would be gone...

    November 18, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Angie-OHIO

    Send the loser back to alaska with the pitbull in lipstick.

    November 18, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Pam

    He's 85 for crying out loud. Convicted or not, time for him to retire.

    November 18, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Jack

    Old Ted would look very good in prison stripes.

    November 18, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Ronald

    Indeed it shows the world what a butch of morons live Alaska!

    What a disgrace!!!

    Palin leads this pack. No wonder she got elected there.

    We need a boader to keep them there. They should never be let in.

    November 18, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Wynter

    Term Limits are not something I would call "unamerican". Anyways, why is anything "unamerican"? That's just the GOPs latest peice of "hate" being thrown around.

    Term Limits make complete sense. For one thing, you are preventing the politician from cronyism and making him work for a living in the real world. Washington pols are not in the real world. They are isolated for the most part.

    And setting an age limit isn't discrimination as much as others may make it sound. I wish they had more tests for the elderly for things such as Driver's Licenses. There is a point at which a person cannot be trusted to manage a job if they no longer have the required skills to do it. Physical or Mental acquity fades over time and political office is no exception.

    Wynter

    November 18, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Jake, OR

    Unhappy birthday to the felon.

    November 18, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. 3strikes

    from all the bullcrap the united states is in – economy, nobama policies, etc, etc.,(alaska, maybe you should depart from the u.s., hahaha, may end up getting dragged down!!! hahaha)

    November 18, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Dave in Houston

    I hope he spend his remaining time on Earth in Seward's Folly, or, even better, prison.

    November 18, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Reilly, MN

    If Alaskans want a felon to represent them, then so be it. They're crazy up there. If they think it's okay for their senator to use his influence to have a porch put on his house and get new furniture, then so be it.

    The rest of us are using our brains to vote for people who deserve to be there.

    November 18, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Hopefully the last free birthday for Sen. Stevens. And the GOP presidential candidate in 2012, Palin, voted for this crook but woudn't admit it!

    November 18, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Tulsa

    NOAH!!!!
    Thank goodnes you're still posting!
    I thought you would be holed up with some guns and a few bottles of corn-squeezins.
    We can always cout on you for some light hearted , albeit mean spirited idiocy. Have a great day you mean spirited little ball of hate!

    November 18, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Ted

    Begich 08!

    November 18, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. E

    He is a convicted criminal, why is he allowed to be a contender at all? The man should retire to his beautifully remodelled home and disappear with a little dignity. From what I hear he is a doddering old senile man already anyway and should NOT be in office, guilty or not.

    November 18, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Ken Libowitz

    The writer of the November 18 CNN column on Ted Stevens and his birthday needs to return to school to study elementary grammar: he or she believes the plural of a noun is done by adding an apostrophe before the "s" at the end of the word, as is shown in the column's use of "birthday's."

    November 18, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. G.O.

    Let me in CNN my comments continue to be under consideration forever. 1st ammendment rights apply here or is this the fairness doctrine?

    November 18, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. joyce

    Republicans don't have the whole market on corruption; there's plenty of blame on both sides. How about indicting Franklin Raines and James Johnson, former executives of Fannie Mae, Sen. Kent Conrad who accepted $1.07 million from Countrywide, Hank Paulson who is now the Secretary Treasurer and in charge of spending the $350 billion and won't even tell us how it's been spent and was a former CEO of Goldman who persuaded the SEC to remove leverage rules, the Clinton administration who decided that everybody was entitled to a mortgage including Sen. Schumer and Barack Obama, and Chris Dodd who received a sweetheart mortgage rate from Countywide. Could go on and on listing all those who are responsible for the Wall Street, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac disaster so don't point fingers at just one corrupt Senator.

    November 18, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Jeff Brown

    He looks like Mr. Magoo... Jim Backus would be proud!

    November 18, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. G.O.

    Well, if theres a bright side to this story at least he didnt kill anybody like Ted "the paper lion" Kennedy. And how much time did Ted do? I guess if your a demoncrat your above the law.

    November 18, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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