November 18th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
9 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. vence

    Only in republicanland again!

    November 18, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. alvino

    I am sure the DEMS will allow Lieberman to keep his committee chair, even though Joe is inept and should never have been put in a leadership role.

    Maybe Rep. Waxman could teach Joe how to do the job right, but I doubt that Lieberman really cares.

    November 18, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. paul oregon

    gop another image they are going to have to adress

    November 18, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. pam Eugene OR

    With the RNC in such turmoil now Stevens is a big boil on the party. He needs to step down on his own or be thrown out. Do the right thing Senator. It is past time to retire!

    November 18, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Greg

    MikeH: The caring segment of the party is mad at Stevens because he's acted like a Democrat for forty years. He's done much more harm to his country than add some free siding to his house.

    November 18, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Senator Jim Dimwitt, what are you waiting for? An invitation? He is a convicted felon for god's sake! Both Rep Jefferson from LA and Stevens deserve each other as these goons both show why our Representative Democracy is in such a mess. I guess reform is really going to come from pitchforks and torches, not from a bunch of schnooks.

    November 18, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. California Gold

    It's sensible to delay this vote. Does it really matter to Stevens? He's at the end of a long and personally prosperous political career. He can be now go to jail with a plea for leniency because he is an old man who has served his state and country, then he can really enjoy the hefty Congressional retirement courtesy of the American taxpayer. It's tough to attempt to punish a man without a conscience.

    November 18, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Jack

    Ted is just one thief among all the republican crooks so why would they single him out?

    The republicans have robbed this country blind these past few decades and now we will have a long depression while the rich spend their gains.

    November 18, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Colvin

    Alvino Says:

    I am sure the DEMS will allow Lieberman to keep his committee chair, even though Joe is inept and should never have been put in a leadership role.

    Maybe Rep. Waxman could teach Joe how to do the job right, but I doubt that Lieberman really cares.

    to be completely fair, Liberman has refused to go the extra mile and be CONVICTED of SEVEN FELONIES!!!!


    November 18, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. s

    What the heck, even our current Prez thinks and acts as if he's above the law. Arrogance knows no boundries.

    November 18, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. endithinks

    They have no honor at all. The Republicans talk about Morality and Rule of Law and then spit on the spirit of the law. The man is a convicted felon and a felon of the worst order to a politician: corruption.

    This should be a no brainer. Republicans should be outraged that the party leaders are even debating this.

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


    November 18, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. just a thought

    republicans stink.

    November 18, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    In many states, convicted felons cannot vote. Yet, Senate Republicans aren't sure, now, on whether they should vote to expel a person from a legislative body who helps write laws? That's a little backwards if you ask me.
    By the way, I wonder if Stevens will end up in the same prison system as Duke Cunningham or Bob Ney, both Rep congressmen from Caly and Ohio respectively. Or Jack Abramhoff.
    By the way, has anyone heard anything on Jefferson down in Louisiana?

    November 18, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. chuck

    This is common sense.let him loose the elections then you don't have to listen to the cries of the Republicans and the IDIOT Sarah Palin will not be able to vote herself into the Senator's job. This will definetly wipe out any hopes of a Sarah Palin Re-Apperance from the black hole with some more unwedded children by her side.

    November 18, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |

    And Republicans wonder why this years election was a referendum against them.


    When will these old, white guys learn that it is NO LONGER about them anymore?!?!??!?!?

    November 18, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. sick n tired

    Typical slimey GOP! The guy is found GUILTY on 7 felonies and they still choose to cut him some slack! GIVE ME A BREAK!!! Another fine example of why I believe the Republican party as a whole should go by way of the Whig Party! AND BE GONE ALREADY! YOU'RE CREDIBILITY IS LONG GONE!

    November 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Sarge in Florida

    I really don't understand why the GOP is delaying the recount. He was convicted and now will be sentenced. I live in a state that convicted felons lose their right to vote period. So how can this man ever be allowed to vote...Can anyone say CORRUPTION? No wonder why the party is such in a mess. Lieberman MUST GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Fred the moderate

    It's odd to know so many Alaskians really like this guy. It's hard to over look 7 felony counts though. If he is re-elected it goes down as a real shame on the laws and rules that make up the body politic. A sad day indeed

    November 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Republicans will do anything to hold onto their "seats" which is why Denny H looked the other way as Mark Foley tickled the Senate pages – young men who have learned what Republicans really value – the hard way.

    The Republicans would even welcome Palin as the Senator from Alaska with open arms ... know that she would always vote GOP – even if she had no idea what the bill was all about.

    Party first – country second.... a distant second ...

    November 18, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    I am PRAYING that Palin does not wind up with his seat and his committe appointments. That woman is so devious, though, I don't put anything past her

    November 18, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    What are they waiting for? The man was convicted of 7 felony counts. Guess the GOP now mean Grand Ole Prisoners?

    November 18, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Tired of Repubs

    Alaska: a state where felons aren't trusted to vote, but are trusted to hold office.

    November 18, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. sg

    Too bad for Senator Stevens that he isn't a democrat then the remodel of his home wouldn't even be an issue. The contractor said that the Senator said to give him all the bills and he just didn't. The other Ted (Kennedy) can go off and leave a woman to drown but he is a democrat so that is ok. A democrat president can demean women in the whitehouse and that is overlooked. Can you imagine how the families felt in these cases? Was anyone hurt by the house remodel? The NY senator can forget that he has rental property (while tax laws are in his field) and get a chance to resubmit–but, oh yeah, he is a democrat. Why wasn't senator Stevens just given a chance to resubmit his paper work? Oh, yeah, he is a Republican. Does there seem to be a double standard????

    And p.s. to another comment: in Alaska, the governor does not appoint a successor. There will be a new election–unlike what will happen for Obama's position.

    November 18, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. vahe

    oil hunters

    November 18, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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