November 19th, 2008
04:33 PM ET
9 years ago

Palin congratulates Begich on Senate win

Palin thanked Ted Stevens for his service to Alaska.

Palin thanked Ted Stevens for his service to Alaska.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is congratulating Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich on winning his Senate race against veteran lawmaker Ted Stevens.

“I extend my congratulations to Mark Begich and his family,” Palin said in a statement released by her office Wednesday. “This is a new era for Alaska and I look forward to working with Mark on the many issues that are important to our state. I am confident he will add a compelling new voice to the U.S. Senate.”

"I also thank Senator Ted Stevens for his 40 years of dedicated service to Alaska,” the statement said. “His tireless efforts on behalf of the state he loves have benefited all those who call it home. Todd and I join all Alaskans in gratitude to Sen. Stevens."

Palin wasn’t always so effusive toward Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate. During her vice presidential bid, after Stevens was indicted on seven felony counts, she would not say whether she planned to vote for the senator in his re-election bid.

In October, after Stevens was found guilty of making false statements on his financial disclosure reports, Palin initially said it was “a sad day” for Alaska but did not call for the senator to step down. The next day, in a television appearance with John McCain, Palin went a step further and said Stevens should indeed resign.

On Election Day in her hometown of Wasilla, Palin refused to say if she voted for Stevens.

“I am also exercising my right to privacy, and I don't have to tell anybody who I vote for, nobody does, and that’s really cool about America also,” she told a reporter.

Filed under: Alaska • Mark Begich • Sarah Palin • Ted Stevens
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Good Another one bites the dust!

    November 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. FYA

    I second what Denise says! And third! And fourth, etc., etc., etc.!

    November 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Matt


    November 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Deb, Allentown,PA

    You know Sarah's disappointed that she couldn't use Stevens' removal from the Senate as her back-door into the position.

    On the other hand, those of us who respect intelligence and integrity in our politicians are thrilled that both Stevens and Palin are now out of the Senate.

    November 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Texas Trail Kitty

    Congratuations Mark Begich for winning and restoring faith in the electoral system. Ted Stevens needs to retire and live out the rest of his life quietly, thinking about what brought about his downfall.

    November 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Vicki5


    November 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Greed is not good

    Thanking a convicted felon for accepting bribes? Sarah Palin has really got to check herself...NOT "cool" Sarah.

    November 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Palin congratulates a convicted felon for great service. Wow, I'd hate to see what it would take for the "maverick" to not congratulate someone for their service? That's what is wrong with politics, the republicans and Washington DC

    November 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Robert

    Guess Palin can say good-bye to that bridge to the U.S. Senate, at least for now (and let's hope forever). Now she can concentrate on continuing to redistribute wealth from the oil companies to the citizens of Alaska (doesn't that qualify as "socialism" in Palin World?). Oh well.

    November 19, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Mike from NJ

    I also think we've had enough of Governor Palin, we have, and that's what I like and is cool about this great country, Also, too.

    November 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. GraceR

    Congratulations, Alaska–now you have the only US Senator with no college degree in Begich. And isn't he also under investigation for financial irregularities?

    November 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Stu-Florida

    Free PALINECTOMYS...get 'em while they're hot

    November 19, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. LiberalChris

    Please please please Alaska. You have done well by voting Begich in for the Senate. Now you are just one step away from breaking your Republican addiction. Just vote out Caribou Barbie and replace with a Democrat and all will be well.

    November 19, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. wakeupamerica

    Why was this worth reporting? We've had a few nice peaceful days without her, let's keep it that way.

    November 19, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. TyWebb

    I'm sure both were thrilled to know she was thinking of them!

    November 19, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. lynne

    It was good NOT seeing her in the news lately...does this really have to be reported here?

    November 19, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Karen, Arkansas

    This woman's 15 minutes are up! Enough all ready!!!

    November 19, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. Matt

    Bible Spice was also quoted as saying "Begich good senate run seat campaign it was also needless to say pipeline geriatric criminal hero should be proud again also there you betch dontcha know."

    November 19, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Danny in Chicago



    November 19, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. Tex Ann ~~~~~~~

    First of all, I'm glad to see Begich finally declared the winner. Ted Stevens just did not deserve that seat anymore since he was convicted of not one, but seven felony charges. I was worried that if Stevens won the vote count that Palin would then force him out of office and either put herself in to service out his term or, worse yet, her dingy 'first-dude' husband. Thank God we won't be subjected to that!!!!

    Somebody please tell me why some people think Palin is "pretty"? She has a lower jaw line & chin that would look better on a brawny lumberjack than on a woman.

    Okay, I "almost" made it through the day without a catty remark, but Palin just makes it so hard to do..... 🙂

    Everybody have a wonderful evening!

    November 19, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Fla. Voter

    It's great to see the good people of Alaska voted for Begich. Congratulations Senator!

    November 19, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    The Look On Her Face Tells Me She Is Upset That The Door To The Senate Has Slammed Shut In Her Face! You Wont Slip In The Back Door Like A Greasy Weasel This Time Palin! I Doubt You Will Be Able To Slip Out Of Your New Ethics Violation Charges Either! Hopefully It Will Be Enough To Oust You From Office So I Dont Have To See You Our Your Square Face Anymore!

    November 19, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. ROC

    Palin's first word the day she was born - also.

    November 19, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Sue T

    It was nice not hearing or seeing Palin for a couple of days..........lets see if we can go a little forever........CNN you should have posted Mark Begich picture not Sarah Palins........we don't care what she thinks of his win..........Let Palin just slip into the Twilight Zone up there in Alaska where she belongs......

    November 19, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. T.O, New York, NY


    I thought I was the only one who noticed

    November 19, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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