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. John

    Stevens vs Palin?

    Conniving grandpa against clueless soccer mom.

    April 3, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Grog in Ohio

    Someone with a law degree may want to tell Govenor Palin that the dismissal of charges against Senator Stevens does NOT mean he's innocent. It means the prosecution by the Bush Justice Dept was incompetent. Wait... that may have been redundant.

    April 3, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Johnny from VA

    I'm just glad it's not my problem. Let Alaska worry about that. What is my problem is the way Obama is slowly but surely destroying the economy with misguided and wrong-headed policies.

    April 3, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. wildthang

    As someone who used to live in Alaska, I came to understand that the oil companies and the government there are one-and-the-same. They don't see the collusion as corruption, it's just how the state works. It's almost like one of those company built towns... where everyone works at the mine and the the mine owners build the houses and schools and make the rules. So, by their standards Stevens hasn't done anything unusual. And, "Uncle Ted" has done great things for Alaska... brought in tons of lower 48 tax money, built the airport (the "Ted Stevens International Airport"), built roads, helped native villages build schools, airports, bridges, etc... the Alaskan natives love him. He is actually fairly "moderate"... except when it comes to drilling for oil, but all Alaskan politicians are for more drilling, the state is dependent on it.

    Palin has her own share of corruption, she just pissed off the natives by selecting W.A.R. as her AG, and a lot of Alaskan's didn't like her flitting around the lower 48 embarrassing them.

    I predict Stevens would bury Palin in a race for governor.

    April 3, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. D

    To Pat NY-

    ND also does not have a defecit, and we don't have your "wonderful" Palin mucking around in anything. Palin will do any say anything to stay in the public eye. God save the country if she were in National Office.

    April 3, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. mario

    He is to old to hold office anyway! does anyone recall the crap the media and the other liberal idiots were saying about McCain runnuing for president! This guy is to old to hold office and palin is still a babe! I don't know what kind of a govenor she is but she is really the best looking one in this country!

    April 3, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Doug, New Jersey

    You got to love it, post the truth that lib doesn't want to hear and watch them distort and re-write your own words just as they have Limbaugh's and so many before. As you can see libs may not take pride in our military but they sure do take pride in lying and being dishonest.

    The libs trashed and lied about Stevens to defeat him in an election. It turns out that he was found not guilty, yet somehow it is a republican who is at fault for the lies told by the libs? Whoever was running the DOJ is irrelevant here, we are talking about the election in Alaska, the Dems told lies to get their guy elected, and the facts show that not one lib has the decency to apologize like the thousands of republicans would be doing if the shoes were reversed. See, this is what we mean by morals and values, some on the right may have very little of them but no one on the left has even a remote trace of them.

    April 3, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Luke Brown

    "Prosecutorial misconduct" does not equate to "innocent defendant."

    It most certainly does not equal "Senate resignation" or "Let's put the King of Pork back in office."

    April 3, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Maggie from Virginia

    Alaska is largely dependent on federal funding. Why isn't this considered socialism?

    April 3, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Francisco

    It is easy to have a surplus, when the state is less than a million people, you have oil...and most of your people live in remote villages with shacks for housing and no services, no highways, etc
    As far as TED Stevens is concerned, just because the charges are dimiss does not mean he is innocent of the charges. He still stole from the American people, are you blind and dumb. Wake up!!!

    April 3, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Task

    Don Young is opposing Palin because she endorsed her Lt. Governor Sean Parnell when he ran against Don Young.

    April 3, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Doug, New Jersey

    Thanks Greg, rare to see a truth sayer on this forum, you are what makes this nation great. You are right, so many red states running surpluses with little taxes, and blue states running unheard of deficits with taxes that are nothing short of insane. Its funny, drive in the red and not pay one toll, drive in the blue and you pay one every 10 miles. Yet the libs are in debt and the republicans are running surpluses.

    April 3, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Rahm

    The Dems on here said McCain was too old to be president, but now want a man closing in on 90 to be a governor. Hyprocisy.

    April 3, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Chuckles

    Now a Stevens-Palin contest would be FUN!!

    Trooper Gate guilty (with no guilt admitted) vs Federal Charge guilty (dropped because of prosecutor mishap)!! Oh Yeah ALASKA!

    April 3, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Maggie from Virginia

    Doug, New Jersey,

    It was a republican DOJ that charged Stevens. The democrats set him free.

    April 3, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Kevin in Ohio

    Love these Palin articles..... we all get to see the true stripes of the liberal left..... nothing but HATE and VITRIOL for decent hard-working, god-fearing traditionalist Americans like Sarah Palin.

    April 3, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Luke Brown

    Greg Smith in PA, shame on you. If Obama were running the country like Palin runs Alaska, we would all be getting a check every month from our landlords, the oil companies.

    Since that oil money comes from those of us in the other 49 states, the oil companies would have to find other suckers to gauge.

    Oh, that's right, they are already paying over $4 a gallon in Alaska now. Great thinking, Greg. I'll stick with Obama and $1.80 a gallon.

    April 3, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. End Of An Error

    If you think about it, what better way for the Bush administration to pardon Ted Stevens without actually pardoning him. Just make sure the prosecution commits enough "mistakes" that the case has to be thrown out – or would be thrown out on appeal.

    Nothing about dropping the charges says Ted Stevens was actually innocent. All it means is that the case as played out was not fair.

    And for those talking about how wonderful Palin is because Alaska has sufficient money in its treasury, it's always much easier to manage a state when you aren't having to tax your citizens for revenue. She's got all sorts of oil money in leases and taxes coming in. In a state with a low population but with huge amounts of income from oil, even George Bush could probably manage to balance the budget. Probably...

    April 3, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. D

    If you belive Gov. Palin is running her state so great, why havn't you relocated there?

    I agree, she asked Sen Stevens to step aside but only after she came under fire to do so.

    This should tell you the kind of politician she is, a hypocrite.
    In fact all she ever does is speak political double talk. I am surprised that she can do that given her level of intelligence.I have never seen anything like this, so many people resent her because she is a liar from the pits of hell yet she is revered by some saying she is the average american. Well, there is nothing average about her
    (including her intellect)
    Everyday Americans are not elected officials making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, Everyday Americans work very hard for the change and taxes they get.
    They claim to be everyday when they want your vote but they don't want your salary

    April 3, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Sue M

    U bet ya.....Palin wants a re-vote (thinking that Stevens would win) that would make it safe for her if she wants to run again for Govenor, because if Stevens were to run againist her I think the 87 year old crook would win over this "Sleezy Sarah"

    April 3, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Cynthia

    Stevens would get my vote against palin any day.

    April 3, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Objective Thinking

    Connie: Begich just recently took office. What exactly has he done to earn the praise you give him.

    April 3, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Cindy, PA

    Sarah Palin should call for a special election for the Alaskan Senate seat that was stolen based on a corrupt investigation, that investigation caused Ted Stevens to lose the Senate seat.

    April 3, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    Great, a choice between "tweedle crook" and "tweedle dumb."

    April 3, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Enough

    Bush-league justice was the one that botched the case. Stevens got lucky on a technicality of incompetent handling, but the charges against him were legitimate. For the GOP to think he deserves another public office, it only continues to baffle the mind of many Americans.

    April 3, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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