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."


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Tim

    Wait, isn't she the one who said he should resign last year. Now she says he is the victim. Is she referring to herself? What a hypocrite!!

    April 1, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Sean

    Ah, how nice. Two Alaskan politicians, both found guilty of their own, various crimes, sticking up for each other – and now free to continue with their lives unfettered by pesky things like "consequences for their illegal actions".

    Maybe I should become a politician in Alaska so that I can be impervious to legal retribution for my crimes too?

    April 1, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. john

    for the first time i agree with something sarah has to say

    April 1, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. debbie

    So, Sarah Palin is an opportunistic hypocrite. Surprise, surperise:

    "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."

    April 1, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Joe in PA

    Do I recall Ms. Palin's direct call for Stevens to resign. Should we consider this a complete reversal of her previous stance, or is she still just "blowin in the wind"? Quite laughable!

    April 1, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. disgusted

    Well I would be interested to know what the misconduct consisted of. Maybe there is a news agency out there that would like to find this out.

    April 1, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Video Guy

    You would think she could at least thank the Obama Justice Department

    April 1, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. gt

    stevens was rail road my the media...

    April 1, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Paul

    I'm sure Sarah pointed out that the "frightening misconduct" originated in the Bush DOJ, and commented on what a fine thing it is that AG Holder believes in the rule fo law and not petty partisanship. I'm sure she did, right?

    April 1, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Big George in Big D

    And the sleezy democratic machine is trying to do the same thing with her. The abosolute nerve of you liberal whiners. The democratic machine is the most sleezy piece of work I've ever seen. They have nothing on Cheney !

    April 1, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Henry

    When are we going to indict this woman?

    April 1, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Jane

    Gov Palin, I don't see any "I sorry, I misjudged you last fall, Senator". You might earn a little more respect with people.

    April 1, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. abc ~ anything but california

    How quickly does Gov. Palin do a complete about face! Which one of her statements concerning Sen. Stevens am I suppose to believe?

    April 1, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Mutiny

    sleazy "democratic" machine? This happened under Bush "justice" with accurate and intended results; botch the job so the "democratic" new justice leadership will throw it out.

    This was a deliberate attempt to do such a poor job of bringing justice to bear that it is frightening to think of just how many other 'prosecutions' were politicized under the GOP 'leadership'

    Holder did the right thing.

    April 1, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Sherrol in Canada

    Who cares what this woman thinks? Haven't people suffered enough!

    April 1, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Real Talk

    Is it me or didn't her and John Mccain ask him to step down from office when this first came out? WoW.

    April 1, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. CT_Buda

    WHO CARES what Sarah Palin thinks!

    April 1, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Big Ed

    With all her yappin' and fault finding, she wonders why she is "being picked on". 'Yo Palin! A closed mouth gathers no foot!

    April 1, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Stream Of Consciousness

    Wow these guys are the biggest bunch of hypocrites around.

    April 1, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. manuelmorales1

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

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    April 1, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. KAW

    Joe in PA and debbie: Oh I see....so if after he was convicted she had said "I believe he's innocent and should keep his Senate seat" you both would have applauded the courage of her convictions? I don't think so! You would have ridiculed and criticized her for sticking up for a "crook".

    It is now revealed he was convicted due to misconduct and everyone who believed him guilty based on the so called evidence presented in court was wrong. Its as simple as that.

    But I suppose its just more fun to write ugly comments about Sarah Palin whether she deserves it or not. Speaks very highly of you both.

    April 1, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Real Talk

    Im scared for the people who look up to her!!!

    April 1, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. The Common Sense Party

    I read this as Stevens was completely guilty but that the prosecution made a slew of technical errors and basically shot themselves in the foot.

    A clear case of the prosecution losing the case, not the defense winning it.

    April 1, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Steph

    Is today some sort of Palin-fest or is it CNN's way of celebrating April Fool's Day? Enough already!

    April 1, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Fran, KS

    Yeah, so why is he getting a mega-pension? Why is he getting benefits for all that misconduct? Because Congress makes the laws and they have rendered themselves special and above all the rest, that's why.

    April 1, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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