April 1st, 2009
05:06 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin: Ted Stevens victim of 'frightening' misconduct

Palin called on Stevens to resign last October.
Palin called on Stevens to resign last October.

(CNN) – In the wake of news the Justice Department had decided to drop the case against Ted Stevens, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday the former senator had been the victim of a "frightening" attempt to undermine the political process.

"Senator Stevens deserves to be very happy today. What a horrible thing he has endured," she said, in a statement released by her office. "The blatant attempts by adversaries to destroy one's reputation, career and finances are an abuse of our well-guarded process and violate our God-given rights afforded in the Constitution. It is a frightening thing to contemplate what we may be witnessing here - the undermining of the political process through unscrupulous ploys and professional misconduct.

"Senator Stevens and I had lunch together recently at my home and he reiterated the faith he held for vindication; he never gave up hope. It is unfortunate that, as a result of the questionable proceedings which led to Senator Stevens' conviction days before the election, Alaskans lost an esteemed statesman on Capitol Hill. His presence is missed."

The former Republican vice presidential candidate struck a different note in the closing days of the campaign, following Stevens' conviction on corruption charges.

"After being found guilty on seven felony counts, I had hoped Senator Stevens would take the opportunity to do the statesman-like thing and erase the cloud that is covering his Senate seat," she said in a statement in October. "He has not done so. Alaskans are grateful for his decades of public service but the time has come for him to step aside. Even if elected on Tuesday, Senator Stevens should step aside to allow a special election to give Alaskans a real choice of who will serve them in Congress."


Filed under: Sarah Palin • Ted Stevens
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Allan

    Sarah Palin to her press secretary:

    Which way is the wind blowing today?

    April 1, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Tank Engine

    "our God-given rights afforded in the Constitution" – who does she think wrote the Constitution?

    April 1, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. John

    Yet another reason to investigate the Bush Administration, and their puppet DOJ.

    April 1, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Stu-Florida

    This woman flip flops more than a landed Halibut.

    "the undermining of the political process through unscrupulous ploys and professional misconduct."

    I really liked that one. Speaking from experience, she is...

    April 1, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. NYC REPUB

    manuelmorales1 April 1st, 2009 5:28 pm ET

    It's funny how nearly everyone posting is scared of this woman.

    |||

    Yes Manny I am scared, scared that she will try to run the country.... let's get real, she's a dim wit, and can't even hold a candle to Hillary Clinton, much less Obama..... Would you trust two wars, an economic crisis, in her hands? Really and truly..... it is AG Holder, appointed by the Obama Admin. that gave him reprieve..... she can't even credit the admin for this favor......I'm so ready for 2012, to vote Obama back into office!!!

    April 1, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Sorry, folks. I normally I don't YELL in my posts, but this woman is so-oo outrageously hypocritical and stupid...just plain stupid! Ugh!

    April 1, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. BusyMom

    @manuelmorales who says "It's funny how nearly everyone posting is scared of this woman." ----- I don't see anyone who seems scared of her, just a lot of people who think she is a stupid hypocrite. She has no future in politics as the majority of Americans think of her as another Dan Quayle. When people are scared of someone they attack their ideology, when people think someone is stupid they just say he/she is stupid.

    April 1, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    YAWNSVILLE.... I wondered how long it would take this boob to start up again with her Cult of the Victim bologna.

    April 1, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. Casey

    Let's not forget that Palin couldn't commit to any kind of support for the guy while running as McCain's VP... (meaning before he was indicted or after). This woman is beyond pathetic... she's nothing more than a hypocritical, me-first member of the Party of No.

    April 1, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Shadowself

    "an abuse of our well-guarded process and violate our God-given rights afforded in the Constitution"

    The rights afforded by the U.S. Constitution are not "God-given rights"! They were written into the U.S. Constitution by men. Can't she get even that little piece right?

    April 1, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Moe NY

    I don't believe a word of this. In my book Stevens is as guilty as sin and just got off on a technicality, or the fix was in...you take you pick.

    April 1, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Eunice

    Watch out!! Ted Stevens might be coming back next Election.

    April 1, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. arithmetic is liberal

    Stu-Florida April 1st, 2009 5:38 pm ET

    This woman flip flops more than a landed Halibut.

    LMAO!!! Thank you! You just made my commute!

    April 1, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. Lars

    April Fools Day needed a mascot and Palin fits the bill.

    April 1, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. tiff of lithia springs

    I do have to agree with Palin on this one.

    Let me be the first to offer an apology.

    I don't think you can give this guy back what he has lost in months of stress and his name being drug through the MUD.

    April 1, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Kitty

    LOL - Dems are so AFRAID of Governor Palin!!!! LOL

    We may not have a country left by the time Obama is done with his term!!!

    Maybe Governor Palin can resurrect our country once Obama is done stomping on it and spitting on it!!!

    Palin 2012

    April 1, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. Biff Biffington

    @sniffitt
    hey CNN!

    why not ONE article here about cigarette taxes going sky high today? don't want anyone to know how your messiah went back on his no taxes to the middle & lower cla$$ pledge?
    -------------------------------–

    dude...... you are REALLY reaching.....

    April 1, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. Pete

    1. No one is "scared" of Palin. What we are is "tired" of her.
    2. I wonder if she realizes that being a public figure means that people keep tabs on her public statements. Her hypocrisy about Senator Stevens is breathtaking.

    April 1, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    "...God-given rights afforded in the Constitution."

    Your mythical deity had nothing to do with it, Governor. The rights "afforded in the Constitution" were put there by a group of very smart men and are under incessant attack, in large measure by you Republicans with your Patriot Act, FISA, RealID, your relentless homophobia, and your efforts to subordinate pregnant women to the dictates of your idiot superstitions.

    April 1, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Gloria

    @Sniffit: The cigarette taxes only apply to those who buy cigarettes. If you don't want to pay the tax, then don't buy the cigarettes.

    April 1, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. James

    So sad that liberals lack the intellect or morals to have a rational disagreement with Palin. The majority of libs resort to childish name calling. "She is stupid" sounds like a four year old!
    Maybe it is the history of drug abuse that has ravaged your movement since the 60's and caused most of you to have brain damage!!

    April 1, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. kelly

    The blatant attempts by adversaries to destroy one's reputation, career and finances – you know i bet she had no idea the bush administration, a republican administration was working at the DOJ......thank God for giving us this woman – the republican party is over!!!!!

    April 1, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. Shadowself

    The Common Sense Party has it exactly correctly. No one involved with, and intimately knowledgeable of, all of this (other than Stevens himself) has said he wasn't guilty of the things of which he was convicted.

    The real story is that the Bush administration DOJ was so incompetent that there were so many technical and procedural errors in the conviction it was extremely likely that upon appeal Stevens would be able to get the conviction overturned. The current administration DOJ reviewed it and decided to drop the case rather than pursue a losing one.

    Kudos should be given to the current DOJ to put this behind us and move on rather than waste more time and money on it.

    April 1, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. greg

    Who would have thought that these were trumpted up charges? It's good to see that Stevens has been vindicated after months of being vilified. I agree with everything Palin said, it is scary that someone's reputation can be trashed. Her statement during the campaign was undoubtedly one drafted by McCain, since McCain is always the first to stick his finger in the eye of his own party.

    April 1, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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