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. Tony in Maine (formerly of Alaska)

    He was not acquitted.

    The investigation and prosecution was the work of the Bush DOJ, NOT "libs" as one person suggests. In fact it was the "libs" who asked that charges be dismissed because of the ineptness (surprise,surprise) of BuschCo lawyers.

    How did we survive 8 years of an administration that could screw up a one car funeral?

    Ted Stevens should relax and enjoy the booty he gathered during his tenure as Alaska's looter-in-chief.

    April 3, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Eric M

    The only point in asking Begich to step down and allow a new election is that Ted Stevens lost because he had a huge scandal over his head, and was expected to face jail time.

    Lo and behold, after the election, we find out that evidence was withheld that could have exonerated Stevens. Enough so that even Eric Holder demanded the case against Stevens be dropped.

    The issue is clear....the charges against Stevens were brought up to directly impact his re-election, and put his Senate seat in play. Once he lost the seat, the truth comes out and the charges are dropped....after all, the Democrats already got what they wanted. One of the most heavily Republican states in the country unseated the longest tenured GOP senator and replaced him with a Democrat...that's like a wet dream come true for guys like Carville, Begala, and Rahm Emmanuel.

    April 3, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. GOP Disaster

    Run Ted Run!!

    April 3, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Liberal and Proud of It.com

    Floyd replied to Jonita, who said: "Dropped charges does't mean innocent…"
    And it doesn't mean guilty either !

    Good point, Floyd. Conviction by a court means guilty, and Stevens was convicted. This makes him guilty by our laws. It makes him a convict and a felon – the kind of man who belongs in jail.

    April 3, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Sue M

    Come on now, the man is 85 years old and it doesn't mean his hands are clean.......he should count himself lucky and take his retirement. Also if other republicans want him to run for Govenor what does that say about what they think of Palin........

    April 3, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Seriously...how much mileage do they really think they can get out of Obama's DOJ dropping charges that Bush's DOJ purposefully botched? They obvoiusly think they can convince their moron base that the whole thing was a scam to help Obama and the Dems, which is truly truly insane, and judging from some of the responses here, there are plenty of idiots who are willing to go along with that crazytalk.

    April 3, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Ohio Man

    I think anybody with a High school education and an online college degree can run against Palin and might win.. isn't that what the right wing wants .. some 1 so down to earth that they don't have to be highly educated .. just 1 of the people

    April 3, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Robin in SC

    Another Bush administration bungle...Stevens is NOT innocent by any means, he just got off on a technicality that the OBAMA administration reviewed and AG Holder decided it was appropriate to drop the charges. The man should just ride off into the sunset and be glad he's not doing time.

    April 3, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. patNY

    Just because the Justice Dept. wants to set aside the conviction, the basis therefore – prosecutial misconduct – does not at all exonerate Stevens for committing the charged crime. If he had prevailed on an appeal based on that claim – prosecutorial misconduct – all that he would be entitled to, is a new trial, not dismissal of the indictment. Therefore, Stevens, you claim of being exonerated, is baseless.

    April 3, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Get yer facts straight

    Hey Doug in NJ: Steven's was prosecuted by the Bush DOJ, which was clearly not a "lib" DOJ. In fact it was the most politicized DOJ in history. Bush's people never apologized for anything then, I wouldn't expect them to start now.

    April 3, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Frozone

    One crook replacing another. Alaskans need to wake up and elect people they can be proud of, not clowns and crooks.

    April 3, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Dave

    Why is every media outlet leaving out the part where Stevens still commited a crime? Not one CNN story I have seen details why he is being pardoned.... Please tell us why he is being pardoned!!! He did receive goods from Oil companies and improvements to his home and he did not report any of it... Facts... so why no more charges????

    Why doesn't the meia ever ask questions anymore? Who cares that he "might" run against Palin? Why are we not talking about jail?

    April 3, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Ken Mc Lean, TX

    The Repuglicans will try anything to recapture a Senate Seat. Their problems are greater over because of their own political infighting. So I guess Alaska doesn’t like Sarah anymore. No wonder Newt wants to start another political party because the Repuglican Party is a Dead Man Walking, Reanimated...

    April 3, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Sniffit

    @ Danny J, who said Begich's campaign hit Stevens hard with the corruption charges, which now turned out to be false. That's cheating."

    1. They did not "turn out to be false." There was evidence of prosecutorial misconduct such as withholding documents with potentially exculpitory evidence in them (i.e., they were evidence in Stevens' favor). There still exists overwhelming evidence that Stevens did receive these bribes: LOOK AT HIS HOUSE.

    2. It's not cheating to honestly use existing facts that you have no reason to believe will be proven false. These weren't even proven false (see above), so you people need to take your meds, have a spot of tea and relax...Begich is there to stay and there's no real political leverage to be gained over Obama and the Dems by making 100% insane suggestions like having a new vote or that obviously-corrupt Stevens shoudl run for governor.

    April 3, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    "Six of one and half a dozen of the other" One is not ready, and may never be ready to serve on a larger stage, and the other got away because of a technicality. I am sure that Alaska can do better.

    April 3, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. patNY

    Floyd in New York April 3rd, 2009 10:24 am ET

    Alaska is the ONLY state that isn't running a huge deficit. Thay have surpluses! Palin must be doing something correct!
    Surplusses fueled by federal funding [aka pork thanks to Stevens]], and money from big oil in return for allowing oil to rape Alaska's environment, is nothing to be proud of.

    April 3, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    I am a republican and even I think the election results should stand as they are.
    The Justice Department has no place getting involved in elections as they clearly have but that should have no bearing on a legal election. If anything the republicans should do what they can to bring to light the fact that during the last election the Justice Department went after two Alaska republicans for reasons that were unjustified.

    April 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. rob

    how dumb is that–why would anyone with a brain vote for either of them. They both have major issues. She a total mess an doesn't even seem to be doing her job. And at his age , he really needs to be retiring

    April 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. proud army navy mom

    it would be poetic justice if Stevens ran for and won the governorship. I would giggle all day over that one.

    WOW, Palin is beyond ridiculous, she was one the repugs that asked Stevens to step down,.

    April 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. barking dogs

    Someone please buy the republicans a clue,talk about grabbing at straws,they still think the Earth is flat.

    April 3, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. Time for Term Limits

    In other words, one of the people who knows Palin best, Alaska's sole representative in Congress, doesn't believe Palin deserves to be re-elected. This is a true bombshell, a game-changer.

    April 3, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Greg Smith, Clifton Heights PA

    If this country was run like Alaska, there would not be any crises, the Democrats are contolling our Economy now and what a mess they got us into. Palin knows how to run a state, Obama is clueless in running our Country. This is fact.

    April 3, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. Greg in Colorado

    She is however a soccer mom and a maverick!!!

    April 3, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Pel

    Wow, now would not be something.

    April 3, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Chris - Denver

    OK I understand that the conviction was overturned and the election was influenced by that, but everyone seems to be overlooking one key fact: Ted Stevens is crazy!! Please, let's not give him a chance to get back in the senate. Unless evidence emerges that Mark Begich had a role in the prosecutorial misconduct– which I haven't heard anyone allege– then there is no basis to ask him to give up his seat. This is all nonsense.

    April 3, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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