November 18th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
10 years ago

Senate GOP delays vote on Stevens

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Republicans have decided to delay a vote on a resolution to strip embattled Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens from his committee assignments, Republican senators told CNN Tuesday.

The Senate GOP caucus is delaying the vote in part because the outcome of Stevens' reelection race against Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich remains in doubt.

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint - a leading Republican critic of Stevens - issued a statement saying it is "clear there are sufficient votes to pass the resolution... The question now is timing. Some who support the resolution believe we should address this after the results of his election are confirmed in Alaska."

DeMint stated that he would ask the GOP Conference to postpone the vote on Sen. Stevens until Thursday.

One Republican senator told CNN there is no point in holding any vote to strip Stevens of his committee assignments if Stevens loses his seat.

Begich currently has a narrow lead over Stevens, with 47.37 percent of the votes counted, compared to 47.02 percent for Stevens. The two are separated by 1,022 votes out of more than 290,000 cast, according to the Alaska Division of Elections Web site.

Today, 24,000 outstanding votes from the southern part of Alaska are expected to be counted. Absentee ballots, however, are still coming in from overseas. All absentee ballots must be received by tomorrow.

Stevens, who turns 85 Tuesday, was convicted in October of filing false statements on Senate financial disclosure forms. He currently serves on the Senate Appropriations, Commerce, Homeland Security, and Rules committees.

Filed under: GOP • Mark Begich • Senate • Ted Stevens
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. mitch

    let's wait and see if he wins ,first!?..........and republicans wonder why the people think they're a bunch of crooks.

    November 18, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. xddy4u

    Obama hasn't even been sworn in yet, and you see how's he already calming tensions on the Hill. He could set a vindictive tone that would have REPs and DEMs fighting for decades, with nothing getting done. But no, Obama is setting a calm Commander-In-Chief position. Shaking McCain's hands and saying for the sake of the Country, "let bygone be bygone". On Stevens, Obama is mum. this is in house fighting among the REPs. With Lieberman, he want him to keep his present seat, with no vindication. Putting out all potential fires, before they become a blaze. Smart man. The Media want blood so they can have something to report, but the only thing Obama is throwing them is ROSES.

    November 18, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    WHY the man is a convicted FELON? Honestly the GOP is so corrupt.

    November 18, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    This Decision Should Be Easy! This Man Is A Convicted Felon! He Should Not Be Allowed To Serve In The Senate . . . Period!

    November 18, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Seattle Sue

    Why not wait and see if Stevens wins or loses the election before taking any action. I think DeMint is just trying to grab headlines for personal reasons.

    November 18, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. HeadlessHessian

    why delay....just do the right thing! It's not like he has not been proven guilty.

    November 18, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. MikeH

    The Republican Party is mad at Stevens not because he broke the law, but because he got caught breaking the law.

    November 18, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. dona burton

    It is appropriate to wait until the tally is in..
    It is sad, he won't simply throw the towel in..
    He seems a very egotistical person

    November 18, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. ran

    Stevens should be in jail; anyone else would be unless they too are elected officials or celebities.

    We need to demand that everyone be treated the same in this country when it comes to the law.

    November 18, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. CanIcallyouJoe


    Truly the land of opportunity; where you can even be a felon, idiot or murderer and still hold high public office.

    Come one, Come all! It doesn't matter what you've done as long as you've got money! Everybody in! All Abooooaaard!!! The Failboat is setting sail!!

    November 18, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. GA Independent

    It this were a Dem, the GOP would be screaming for his removal from committees and the Senate... Given that he will appeal, will there even be time for him to attend his committees even if Alaska turns out to have elected him?

    November 18, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Three buzzards on the Roof

    This guy is a two bit crook compared to Paulson and Bernache,they are pulling the biggest bank heist in history right under our noses,only we are the bank they are robbing.

    November 18, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. LyonsPhilly

    Convicted felon? Alaskan Moose Meat Heads

    November 18, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Texas Trail Kitty

    Ah heck, vote now and get rid of this boil on the tush of the party. The Republican party needs to get rid of anyone who will be a drain on the party in the coming years. You people need to seriously clean house and change your mind sets. And get rid of the religious right as a base. By playing to them constantly you pretty much told the rest of us that we don't count, so we voted for President Obama, who told everyone in America that yes, they do count. I would not be surprised if some of your base voted for him too.

    November 18, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Boytjie

    What does it matter if he is re-elected or not? He is still a convicted fellon – expell him.

    November 18, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Jeff

    They can't do anything till the final votes are in. When that happens the vote will be made on him.

    It makes sense, quit blaming the Republican party. It shows ignorance on your part.

    November 18, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Miss La Boom

    The Republicans are as GUTLESS with their felon as the Democrats are with their Judas Liberman!
    Give me a break, is there something in the water in Alaska, that keeps people voting for so obviously a criminal?

    The more things change the more they stay the same.

    November 18, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. natalia


    November 18, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Looks like we have the "kettle calling the pot" black (figuratively speaking.) If they have the votes, why delay? It will be the GOP's Christmas gift to Stevens-however Santa Claus is going to pardon him before he heads back to the South Pole....that's right-South Pole.

    November 18, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Aaron from Ohio

    The republicans need every vote they can get in the Senate. If there is even a slim chance that Ted will pull this election out of his butt, they'll keep him in the party. Stripping him of his chairs will be the most they will do to him. They're not really able to be very picky about who they pal around with. Larry Craig trolled men's rooms and he wasn't kicked out. Felons and perverts are welcome in their big tent. They do draw the line at serial killers though. Ted, do the honorable thing. Go hunting with Cheney.

    November 18, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Ken

    We all need to get used to this: "GOP delays". That will be the only thing they'll be doing for sometime to come.....delay and obstruct. Of course, they've already had two years to practice this banal art since 2006.

    Fellow senate [R]s voting Stevens out for corruption? Have they ever heard about the pot calling the kettle black? DCers can't take a dump without hitting a corrupt [R] in the head.

    November 18, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. alvino

    This would have been a good first step for the GOP to get their act together, and send a message to voters that they will deal with corruption in their party, but they chose not to.

    November 18, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Will

    The amazing thing is that the election is this close. Alaskans are showing their gratitude for all the pork Stevens brought to the state. According to Quitno Press, Alaska is the number two state, behind New Mexico, for bringing home the bacon. Evidently he was very good at, "redistributing the wealth." This all taking place in the state that produces a governor that had the gall to call President Elect Obama a Socialist. Ya gotta love this country, you betcha!

    November 18, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    While the people of Alaska may have voted to re-elect him (we won't know until the vote is tallied) the fact remains that he is a convicted felon. Not only that, he is unrepentant, claiming a hair-brained legal theory that he is not officially convicted until he has had an appeal of his conviction. Why in the world would the Senate Republicans NOT want to be rid of this kind of Senator? His mind is not right.

    November 18, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. ANGIE

    He is a Convicted felon he should be in Jail Just like other Felons not serving in national office what is wrong with the GOP,Are they going to be corrupt forever?

    November 18, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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