April 7th, 2009
03:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Stevens can't 'put this behind him,' says Palin

Stevens and his wife, Catherine, arrive Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Washington.
Stevens and his wife, Catherine, arrive Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Washington.

(CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Tuesday is weighing in on the news a federal judge has dismissed the conviction of former Sen. Ted Stevens, saying there is "no way he can just 'put this behind him.'"

"I know the agony the senator has felt, and nothing can change what he has gone through or the loss of his Senate seat, which meant the world to him and virtually as much to Alaska," she said in a statement Tuesday. "There's no way he can just 'put this behind him' as some have suggested he should. Senator Stevens is a resilient man and I hope that he will continue to make a contribution to Alaska and the nation."

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan set aside Stevens' federal conviction for failing to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars of "freebies" from an oilfield services company on Senate ethics forms.

The judge also initiated criminal contempt proceedings against the government lawyers who prosecuted the 85-year-old Alaska Republican.

Stevens maintained his innocence throughout a government probe. Palin, then the GOP vice presidential candidate, called on Stevens to resign his post last fall after he was found guilty.

Soon after the convictions, Stevens lost his bid for re-election to Democratic challenger Mark Begich, then mayor of Anchorage.


Filed under: Sarah Palin • Ted Stevens
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Patrick

    Umm...It's not "his seat". I know it seems like it since Senators like him have been being re-elected over and over again for decades, but at no point was it "his seat". It is and has always been Alaska's seat and Alaska already chose their Senator, back in November...remember Sarah? Oh wait...you were busy throwing Stevens under the bus at the time.

    April 7, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. jm for sc

    Why can't he? Palin "Just put" her abuse of power issue behind her.

    April 7, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Bill Lewis

    I predict that this is one of the many leftover messes that this administration will clean up.

    As you may have noticed, no one on the "right" (FOX News and the Republican water carriers and Rush)has admitted the Bush's DOJ did anything wrong. Heaven forbid that they might have to throw a kudo to a Democrat for doing the right thing-that would smack of bipartisanship. They would rather go down with the ship before admitting any wrongdoing.

    April 7, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Michael

    Of course Palin would sympathize: she received big kickbacks from that stadium deal, right?

    April 7, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Enough

    Gov. Palin and others seem to forget Ted Stevens was found GUILTY. He got very lucky that his CONVICTION is being dismissed on a technicality from incompetent handling by Bush's DOJ. The delusional & hypocritical excuses on this nonsense are getting really absurd.

    April 7, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Jane

    It sounds to me like he's really not as innocent as he proclaims. Tossing a case on prosecutor mishandling does not automatically make Sen Stevens innocent.

    April 7, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Cynthia

    If you feel that bad sarah palin give him the governorship so you can concentrate on your family.

    April 7, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Robin in Tampa, FL

    If McCain won the election Stevens would probably be going to jail.

    April 7, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Mel of Alexandria

    He cannot put it behind him because he did wrong. He got away because of a technicality and some body who dropped the ball might pay dearly for so doing. He is a good man gone bad and Gov. Palin is not without tendencies which are also suspect.

    April 7, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Doug

    Now Palin supports Stevens? Stevens was prosecuted by a Republican controlled Justice Department. Now Obama's Justice Department is setting the record straight on the procedures used. Just another case in point of how out of control Bush's Justice Department was.

    April 7, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Rushlican Charlotte, NC

    "There's no way he can just 'put this behind him' as some have suggested he should," Palin said.

    Actually, I believe that your were one of those weren't you Gun Tot'n Sarah? In fact, didn't you suggest that Began step down so Stevens could run again. Now, you wouldn't want him running until he has had time to heal would you?

    Why don't you just stick to shooting wolves, exploiting families and defending us from Russia.

    April 7, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. patriot

    Stevens has demonstrated his corruption. His supporters in Alaska undoubtably benefitted from his corruption. By extension, they too are corrupt.

    April 7, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Cheryl

    I think he is just as guilty as Blogoyavich, why does he get a free pass, because he's republican. So what else is new,they get pardoned for their wrong doing. Or some other illegal legal manuver

    April 7, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Simmy

    I think you mean you can't put this behind him, because it gives you another moment in the spotlight.........

    April 7, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. cp

    Anyone here from Alaska? Is Palin doing any actual work? or is she spending all her time trying to get media attention? (Which she says she hates.)

    April 7, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Bob

    Ms. Palin has no principles. She supports whatever advances her personal agenda. The fact that she wants to invalidate a legal and fair election frightens me. What she is suggesting is completely undemocratic.

    April 7, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Appalled at Palin

    So..last year Palin wanted him to step down...but NOW she is on his side?!?!?!

    Once again, Palin plays both sides of an issue to get herself publicity!

    I wonder what the governor of Hawaii thinks about all this?

    April 7, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. David

    Why are these two "has-beens" even in the news? ... Because neither of them can come to grips that We, The People didn't want them in their respective offices.

    Sarah... Ted.... go away... please... I beg you! ... PLEASE! PLEASE!!

    You both lost...

    April 7, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Avi Shlomo

    I wonder whatr kind of deal AG struck with repulicans so he can be nominated. Steven is guilty of crimes no question about it and he is getting off the hook because of slobby prosecutor. If it is me or yo, we will be TRIED. Shame on the AG. As for Sarah Palin when will those reporters stop printing her nonesnse and illogical thinking. The woman can't pass a high school diploma" Remember Couric interview"

    April 7, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Linda32

    Does thi swoman forget that she wanted nothing to do with Stevens when she was running????? I hope he runs against her!

    April 7, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. BL

    Flip. Flop. Flip. Flop. As long as she's in the spotlight she doesn't care what comes out of her mouth. She's amazing, in a bad way.

    April 7, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Linda32

    Better yet, why doesn't she resign and give him a chance for a special election!

    April 7, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Susan in NC

    Sarah, dear, can you say "flip-flop"?

    April 7, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. Alaskan

    "I know the agony...." I doubt that unless she has been charged with Federal Felony, that we are not aware of.
    I could have sworn when running as VP that Sarah called for Stevens to resign. Now she is all for Stevens, to the point of wanting Beigh to resign, and hold a special election.
    Sarah The guilty verdict wsa set aside due to procedure issues. He was not found "not Guilty"

    April 7, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Ken, Centreville, VA

    Look at it as a win-win situation. The DOJ gets cleaned up, but Stevens is still gone. It makes one wonder, how many more things will come back to haunt the Bush Administration . . . ?

    April 7, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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