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

Palin congratulates Begich on Senate win

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Michael

    This is actually good for Palin and the Repubs as it removes any chance of her selecting herself to serve out Stevens' term once he would have been tossed by the Repub caucuss. This gal is clearly not what the Repubs need to get their house in order......a strident religious extremist with limited appeal to just about everyone outside of the evangelistas. Perhaps her absence from the national scene will allow the Repubs to see other better qualified leaders to bring along who appeal to a broader audience and can offer real solutions to 21st century challenges instead of resorting to silly name-calling (like Ms. Palin seemed to like to do so much).

    November 19, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. Yanz

    OK, seriously...enough about this woman! We lend more creedence to her political stature by reporting on her moves, statements and whatever the heck her next baby will be named!

    November 19, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Theresa

    I love the way she ends her sentences with "also"...(roll eyes). But seriously, STOP reporting on this polarizing lunatic ALSO .

    November 20, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Of course, Sarah will make regular visits to prison to visit Stevens, right?!

    Yeah, right!!!!!

    November 20, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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