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. ProgressiveChange

    40 years first of all is to long their should be term limits on the US Senators .

    After 4 years as a US Senator a new person can try for the Senators seat .

    This way no one gets to used to being in Washington like 40 years and then becomes a crook to boot.

    If we learned anything from the Obama election is that people want real change in Washington Politics not people like Senator Ted Stevens being convicted and getting possibly relected by people who should know better but then you have Sarah Palin so what do these voters know about honest Government and not electing a Crook back in Washington .

    The good news is Stevens is losing and lets hope that in early December he after 40 years is not finally throw out of office for good.

    Lets bring back Government by for and of the People thats the way it should be.

    November 18, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. vthai

    I hope he, Larry Craig, and the rest of the "high morals repubs." stay on the scene. It will only remind the rest of us what they're really about.

    November 18, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Herman In LA

    He is 85 years old and when he retires or leaves office he will get over six figures in retirement from the federal government so what does he need to stick around for at 85 blows my mind, if he can't live off of six figures at 85 then to bad. Sad part about it is he will get this no matter what happens.

    November 18, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. Wood

    I don't understand. If he is a convicted felon, why is he not in jail?

    Convicted felons go to jail. Am I right or am I off base here?

    November 18, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. s.

    I can't believe people are voting for this Stevens guy. He is a crook and a convicted felon. What does it say about people's values and morals when they voted for someone like him. He should just concede and get on with his pathetic life.

    November 18, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Renee Schubert

    Since when can a convicted felon be allowed to hold a seat in Senate? hmmmmmmm

    November 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Irma in North Carolina

    Ted, Maybe your governer Sarah will bring you a birthday cake and you and her can celebrate together, she is next in line for corpution charges.

    November 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. V

    WHEN THE HECK IS HE PLANNING ON RETIRING. 85 ALREADY. I THINK BEING A SENATOR IS IT SELF LIKE A RETIREMENT. JUST ENJOY LIFE.

    November 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. LKM

    If Alaskans vote to keep Stevens in office then the US should just give Alaska to Russia.

    What a bunch of idiots in Alaska.

    November 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. Maggie from Virginia

    Isn't it funny how the wacko's find a way to relate every article to Obama? Poor fools.

    November 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. anna

    look at him , he is 85 years old! retire for the love of God. who wants an 85 year old senater thats also a convicted felon. sounds like another republican win (shakes head).....

    November 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. GOP Lost

    He cares less about the Governments cost on prosecuting him, counting votes, man has no sense of humility, just like most of our elected officials, Arrogance prevails at all levels. They forgot that they represent the people not just themselves.

    November 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. LyonsPhilly

    It is really amazing to me that this clown would be considered for office after being convicted. He should have been stripped of everything. That is what's wrong with this world. Leaders not tough enough on folks.....

    November 18, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. Loni

    Why is a felony conviction not an automatic expulsion from office? It makes no sense that he is even being given a chance to retain his seat.

    November 18, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Grog in Ohio

    Folks... term limits are un-American. If WE THE PEOPLE, want a representative, a senator or even a president to serve many, many terms, it should be up to WE THE PEOPLE, not an artificial term limit.

    If Alaska wants a felon as senator and a dimwit as governor, it's their rights to do so... until and unless there's a law against either. Democracy isn't always pretty. Fudging it is un-American.

    63 days till the end of the Bush administration.

    November 18, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. Sandia

    I presume that the crooked Senator from Alaska ran the typical Conservative campaign.

    1. The "liberal media" is out to get me because they know I'm for truth, justice, and the American Way. Don't believe them.

    2. My Liberal opponent and his communist pals have already planned to dance in the streets when America is overthrown by terrorists.

    3. I believe in the balanced budget, low taxes, and cutting the pork out of the federal budget.

    America can afford to elect the occasional crook during good times, but in times like these ...

    November 18, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Minnesotan

    Here's wishing a very unhappy birthday to 'Uncle Pork Barrel Felon' Stevens. I sincerely hope that, for your birthday, you get thrown out of the Senate and in to jail!

    November 18, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. ObiBroKanobi

    They are still on the first count. They have not thought about a recount yet. They only have one old lady (107, I think) who is counting, and she's blind in one eye, and can't see out of the other.

    November 18, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. KJL

    Alaska's politicians are starting to bore me. Why is it that the most corrupt seem to possess the biggest mouths?

    November 18, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Tony from Brooklyn NY

    First we change the name of Alaska to Fantasy land. That way the senator as well as other (read as governor) officials can claim that they are representatives of Fantasy land. Then secondly we let them talk and vote, but we don't have to listen and the vote won't really count. I think the people in Alaska are all suffering from snow blindness or other social and mental conditions that we "in the lower 48' just can't relate to.

    November 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  21. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Let's see if the crooks in Washington will do the right thing with both Stevens and Lieberman.

    I doubt it. They never do.

    November 18, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. arc, Lugano CH

    Stevens, yet another shining example of a Republican criminal deserves to go to jail.

    He’s an old man. A 5 year sentence ought to do be enough for a life sentence.

    November 18, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. Washington Insider

    Helloooooooooo Senator Sarah Palin, the newly appointed Senator from Alaska. The first step for Sarah in a run for the Republican nomination in 2012.

    November 18, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    Will he be serving in the Senate from a jail cell?

    November 18, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. CanIcallyouJoe

    Hmm, when I read the headline, I picked up on something CNN should probably fix... The headline read "Unhappy Birthday for Convicted Senator".

    You seem to have misspelled "Felon" as "Senator".

    Might want to get on that.

    November 18, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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