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. Wise White Guy

    A real man would have removed himself from this race.

    November 18, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Red State Republican who voted for CHANGE!

    You know I still have not gotten my question answered about this.

    If your a convicted felon you loose your right to vote! How the heck is Ted Stevens going to be able to vote on the senate floor? Are the rules different for them? What a crock! And what a disgrace to my party!

    November 18, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Chuck Dicksob

    Why does it take so long to count votes in such a sparsely populated state? Are they buried somewhere in a snow drift?

    November 18, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Dale, Phoenix

    It would be a shame, if Alaskans, elect a convict.

    November 18, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Jon

    see the difference between Obama and Rezko (which wasn't even an issue, just fox news hype) and Ted Stevens and his Corruption charges are that STEVENS WAS CONVICTED ON SEVEN CHARGES!!!! Obama wasn't even tried, let alone convicted because theres nothing there. Don't you buttholes think that if he did something wrong people would have brought it to trial? Stevens was convicted of ETHICAL charges that amounted to over 250,000$ from BIG OIL COMPANIES!!! hes the reason that the Big 3 are folding, hes the reason gas prices were so high for so long, hes the reason were in the crisees that were in. CRIMINAL

    November 18, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Paul

    The results of this particular vote for Steven's doesn't surprise me. It shows how ignorant most people in Alaska are–They probably don't read anything but local news. Further more, it didn't surprise me when a member of the media asked a someone in Alaska who Palin was and that individual didn't have a clue.

    November 18, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. GA for Obama

    Kevin- the Kennedys are an icon

    November 18, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Resign, you dumb old fudd.....

    November 18, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Carl from MI

    Time for him to retire, go to jail... and write his book.

    It's over.

    November 18, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Noah

    Apparently the people of Alaska have the Obama syndrome if they re-elect Stevens. The Obama syndrome is characterized by an unbelievably naiive ability to overlook the obvious character flaws a politician has and the questionable relationships and actions that the politician previously engaged in.

    November 18, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. dan collins

    This felon should be in jail. This is just another example of why americans don't trust politicians. Letting him continue only brings down the whole politiical system. Which in my opinion is on the verge of collapse anyway. That's why these greedy SOB's are grabbing for whatever is left. Does the missing 700 billion ring a bell? I am disgusted and appalled at the state of our nation.

    November 18, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Eleanore Fisher

    Let me get this straight. He has been in office for 40 years (Why?)
    He is a convicted felon? What would happen to you or I if we were convicted felons? Why are we confused as to what should be done with him? What does the U.S. Judicial System usually do with convicted felons? What decision is there to be made? Well, I trust the judicial system to do what they always do to political convicted felons. Put them in a country club and change the focus. Problem solved.

    November 18, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Lando

    The reason why he was still on the November ballot because it was too late to take him off. However, he should have had the moral decency to back out the election because of the turmoil but as we all well know, power corrupts. The senator looking for Stevens' ouster was right to wait until the ballots are counted (but why is it taking so long to count). This goes to show you that the Alaskans did not care about his shady dealings and past indiscretions to vote for him because he has always been a US Senator in most of his constituency's lifetime. If Stevens had any decency, he would bow out now but his pride won't let him so he is willing to face the music and prospect of going to jail all in the name of being Senator. This goes to show U that term limits are necessary because 40 years of doing anything should lead to retirement, not imprisonment. In Power Way Too Long

    November 18, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. zenter

    I can't believe i share a birthday with this moron!!!!!

    November 18, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Ed in Arizona

    Hey Ted, right across from your porch (or someone's anyways), there is an army that has a saying that starts with "toughski". Same initials too.

    November 18, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. dan in Tucson

    Bottom line, this convicted felon should be in jail. This is just another example of why americans don't trust politicians. Letting him continue only brings down the whole politiical system. Which in my opinion is on the verge of collapse anyway. That's why these greedy sob's are grabbing for whatever is left. Does the missing 700 billion ring a bell? I am disgusted and appalled at the state of our nation.

    November 18, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. bill

    What in the world is going on in Alaska????????.....the 85 year old should blow out the candles on his cake, thank his supporters and bow out gracefully! He has had a long political career...it's time to let go and hand over the reins~

    November 18, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Luis, Seattle, WA

    Trust me, if Stevens was well like in the Senate they would not be pushing so hard to get him out. It turns out and is well documented that Stevens is one of the most disliked senators in the house. I have read somewhere that some of the Southern Republican senators were caught saying that "they wish the US sold Alaska back to the Russians that way they could get rid of Stevens".
    Either way he is out....either by his party or his own constituency.

    November 18, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Samilton

    I don't understand how this is happening. He is a convicted felon. How can he possibly run for office? What type of people vote for such a person?

    This just goes to show us that our laws do not apply to everyone. There are exceptions. It depends on WHO you are and HOW much $$$$ you have.

    I think there is something wrong with the process in Alaska – how long does it take to re-count votes in such a small state?

    November 18, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Bill Charlotte,NC

    Good riddance to Stevens and thank God the "overexposed" mouth of the North... Palin... won't get to "plow" through to the senate!

    November 18, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Fred NH

    How can a convicted felon serve in the Senate?
    We can only hope Stevens does not win the re-count so this problem can just go away.
    Otherwise the Sentate will be forced to expell one of its own, and yoy know how that goes!

    November 18, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Rachel

    Stevens is going to have to pay the piper. Hey Tom..I am like you. Why so long in re-counting the votes? They don't know how to count in Alaska? I guess that shows why we didn't think Palin had a clue.They need some change there too. Hope they just don't slap his hands.

    November 18, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Hector

    More importantly, the man is 85! I think it is time to retire. Where else in America, other than congress can a person that age get a job? Try applying for a corporate job when you are that age and you will be turned down. And, I thought McCain was OLD! No wonder the Republican party is crumbling. They all need pace makers and walkers.

    November 18, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    Stevens was convicted last month of seven felony counts in federal court. Some things are worth repeating. if felons can't vote, how can they hold office?? Kick the criminal out send him to jail, Sen Rangle of New york is next.

    November 18, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. I know Ted

    I live in Alaska and I know Ted. If you were to know him as I do, each of you would realize the wrong that has been done here by this trial. The judge almost threw out the prosecuting lawyers not once, not twice but three times.

    Ted is not power hungry, but he does have his personal beliefs that he will fight for. He does not have anything to prove to anyone. He is his own person and has helped out many people, both in the state of Alaska and outside the state. He helps our service men and women all the time.

    Alaskans know Ted for who is really is and that this why we have re-elected him. So that he can get this legal matter resolved and return to helping the people of this country.

    I know Ted and I know the current Mayor of Anchorage. I know one is honest and the other is not. I want to keep the honest on in office. I voted for Ted. Other Alaskans know this too. That is why Ted is getting the votes and the Mayor of Anchorage did not run away with the election.

    November 18, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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