April 3rd, 2009
04:37 PM ET
14 years ago

Ted Stevens should run against Palin, Alaska Republican says

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/20/art.getty.palin.jpg caption="Will Sarah Palin face a primary challenge from Ted Stevens in 2010?"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Now that the corruption case against former Sen. Ted Stevens has been dropped, Alaska Rep. Don Young wants Stevens to run for governor - a move that would set up a Republican primary between the veteran lawmaker and Sarah Palin, if she decides to seek a second term in 2010.

"Personally I'd like to see him run for governor, and that's my personal feeling," Young told the Alaska Public Radio Network on Thursday. "So, we'll see what happens down the line. He probably won't, but I think that would be a great way to cap off a great career as being the governor of the state of Alaska."

Stevens will be 87 years old by the time the next governor takes office in January 2011.

Other top Alaska Republicans, including Palin and Alaska GOP chairman Randy Ruedrich, said Thursday that Democratic Sen. Mark Begich should step aside so a new vote can be held now that the charges against Stevens have been dropped by the Justice Department.

Young dismissed those demands, calling them "a lot of noise."

"Sen. Begich, in all due respect, won the race," he said. "There is no other recourse. He has taken office, he is now the new senator."

Young and Palin aren't exactly political pals. Palin endorsed a Republican primary challenger against Young in 2008, and during her vice presidential campaign the Alaska governor refused to publicly back Young's re-election bid while federal investigators looked into his dealings with an oil company.

Filed under: Sarah Palin • Ted Stevens
soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Floyd in New York

    Jonita April 3rd, 2009 9:42 am ET

    Dropped charges does't mean innocent…


    And it doesn't mean guilty either !

    April 3, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. therealmarie

    At least he has a double digit IQ.

    April 3, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. gl, Pittsburgh

    Other top Alaska Republicans, including Palin and Alaska GOP chairman Randy Ruedrich, said Thursday that Democratic Sen. Mark Begich should step aside so a new vote can be held now that the charges against Stevens have been dropped by the Justice Department.

    Young dismissed those demands, calling them "a lot of noise."

    I agree and I call it a lot of noise that is what Palin do best. I hope someone run againts this educated nut.

    April 3, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Ghost

    Ha! The mentor against the mentee. Would be great for a laugh.

    As for Palin sayind anyone should step down, please keep the madness to yourself. Stevens was prosecuted by a Republican AG in a Republican administration. That is all in house, not a democrat problem. Matter of fact, it was a democratic administration that dropped the charges. Not that I'm in favor of that move. Could be a sign of the good ol boy network or Obama willing to call a bygones on this one.

    April 3, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Floyd in New York

    Alaska is the ONLY state that isn't running a huge deficit. Thay have surpluses! Palin must be doing something correct!

    April 3, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Mike

    Now, this would be an interesting political race for Alaska. However, former Senator Ted Stevens.., I think it's time to retire. Mike in Montana

    April 3, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Tomaso

    The charges against Stevens were dropped on a technicality: Prosecutorial Misconduct. The court DID NOT find Stevens innocent of the charges. The Prosecutors screwed up and the case was thrown out.

    Meanwhile, Begich WON the election. Period.

    The Republican Party up there really needs to grow up.

    April 3, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. LEAF

    The Keystone Gops strike again

    April 3, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Bob

    Why does CNN keep running stories about Sarah Pailn? Who cares? She lost the election and will never be on the national stage again. Why keep giving her airtime. Move on CNN. Move on.

    April 3, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Sniffit

    What a tapdancing farce the GOP is at this point. I've spent the past 2 weeks saying "OMG, that's the craziest thing I think I've ever heard!" And every say it's been true.

    April 3, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. barking dogs

    Stevens still did the dirty deeds,he just got off the hook.

    April 3, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Danny J

    Begich did win the race, due to falsities. Begich's campaign hit Stevens hard with the corruption charges, which now turned out to be false. That's cheating.

    April 3, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. John

    The charges where dropped because of technicalities in the prosecution, not because he was innocent. He still got the money, he still did not report it, it still stinks. There is still lots of overwhelming evidence of guilt here. At least OJ was found not guilty in court, Stevens just go lucky.

    How can Stevens run for Governor of Alaska if he has no "executive experience" anyway?

    April 3, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. politicalsandwich

    Well, you have to hand it to Don Young; I'm impressed that he can flatly say, "hey, this guy won fair and square." Sure, that's obvious and the rest of the AKGOP's position here is madness...but still, it takes some guts. On the other hand, his idea that Stevens should run for a gubernatorial term that would end when he's 91 is awfully crazy as well.

    I wanted to mention to several commenters who seem to assume that Stevens would be the GOP special election candidate should Begich resign that no one in the AKGOP has suggested that at all. My first guess would be that Palin would snap up that seat so as to not have to run against sane Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski. I certainly don't see Stevens ever running for anything else again.

    And Doug from NJ, just what exactly are you babbling about? What are "libs" supposed to be apologizing for? How did "libs" trash and lie about Stevens? You do recognize that the case against him was brought by the Bush DOJ, right? While they bungled the procedure...they also produced a mountain of evidence that shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Stevens was corrupt as the day is long. So quit whining, and quit blaming "libs" for Republican-on-Republican violence. We had nothing to do with it.

    April 3, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Sue

    It's funny – Ted Stevens can be 'disappeared' and rubbed out from public office, but we couldn't find ways to get rid of George W. Bush!

    April 3, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Joe the Troll

    Hey Doug in New Jersey, read much? Stevens was convicted before the election. It was BUSH'S justice department that skewered him, and OBAMA'S that just let him off the hook.

    The saddest thing about America is that you can be a hateful partisan with no concept of actual events and still have the right to vote.

    April 3, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Mark

    Palin should resign so they can have a special election against someone who is actually qualified and who isn't a big fat liar.....

    April 3, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |

    RETIRE STEVENS You are 87 years old give it a rest Sara Palin are you Ever gonna Be Intelligent?

    April 3, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Carl from MI

    Just because the AG's office overturned the conviction on the PA's misconduct... doesn't mean that Stevens wasn't guilty of taking gifts and bribes in the first place.

    If that's the case... then I have a friend named OJ I'm sure you're just DYING to meet!!!

    April 3, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Doug, New Jersey

    AnnMM thinks Alaska is messed up because the people there have morals, values, decency, integrity, and are completely selfless. However, libs like this see nothing wrong with Chicago and think that there is nothing greater than the hate, dishonesty, and selfishness of Blago, Daly, and Obama.

    How dare you have a new election even though the last one was tainted by lib lies and attacks. That would be wrong, but paying homeless people to vote, not counting military votes, and counting the democrat votes of the dead is just fine.

    Libs hate Palin, she told the truth about Obama. Yes, William Ayers is a terrorist. BTW, the libs planted at the Palin speeches who spewed out racist remarks cannot be counted as republicans, in fact when lib brings that up they are really just exposing the truth about them.

    April 3, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. carlo

    Doug, New Jersey April 3rd, 2009 10:00 am ET

    Another republican who was trashed and lied about by libs. You wont hear the lib apologize though, they can't do that, only republicans have the decency for that. Remember the Duke/rape case that was bogus, that lib leader never apologized either, the lib never does.

    For the record, it is the Bush appointed AG that handled the Stevens issue and the Obama appointed AG who chose not to prosecute. That doesn't mean he didn't do it, it means that, yes, a "lib" did the right thing and put legal process ahead of politics. With people like you, you see what you want to see.

    As far as the Duke rape case goes, at least the lacrosse team is alive and free. Black women were raped for hundreds of years and no one was prosecuted. Black men falsely accused of rape were not too long ago tarred and feathered, hanged, or burned alive, so cry me a freakin' river.

    Oh, btw, wait for the Bush/Gonzales clan to apologize to Stevens.
    Better yet, wait for Palin to apologize to McCain for how ungrateful and spiteful she's been.

    April 3, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Roland

    Ted Stevens is to old to hold that set. this is our problem to many old thinkers with no new ideas other than following their old ways.

    April 3, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Terry

    Senator Stevens should spend the rest of his life in the slammer. Bernard Madoff may have stolen a few hubcaps, but Stevens committed treason by selling his legislative favors. Corruption in elected office is the worst form of treason, much more serious than selling military secrets to the enemy, which is very serious itself.

    There are two possible explanations to the dropping of charges against this convicted felon:

    1. The new Attorney General is sending a message about overzealous prosecution. He chose to realease a Conservative political hack convict rather than a pedaphile or rapist to blunt criticism from the wingnut right.

    2. Stevens has threatened to go public with a lot of dirt about Washington and Alaska politicians, who are pressuring the Justice Department to let the crook to.

    April 3, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. tmctn

    Forget Stevens. Forget Palin. This is about Young. Young shows a total lack of respect and concern for the great state of Alaska for suggesting this. He shows a lack of responsibility and maturity. Those that elected Young should take care that he is not elected again to any position.

    April 3, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Philip Grant

    Doug, New Jersey are you kidding???
    "Another republican who was trashed and lied about by libs."
    Do you realize that Ted Stevens was prosecuted by a republican run U.S. Attorneys office?? It was republican appointed USDAs that concealed the evidence that lead to his conviction. It was the new Democratic US Attorney, and his people who threw the garbage out.
    Ted Stevens' own attorneys thanked and praised him for doing so.
    You guys on the right are so blind with hatred you can't even see the truth when it's right in front of you in black and white. It's so sad, so very, very, sad.

    April 3, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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