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. Boehner has a hard on for Obama

    I'd love for her to run and lose, that way we can let the air out of her crazy sails.

    April 3, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Leslie

    For those that say that Alaska has a surplus therefore Palin must be doing something right. Alaska is rich with big oil money always has been. Its not big feat to govern an state with those kinds of resources.

    April 3, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Veteran in Kansas

    The corruption case against former Sen. Ted Stevens has been dropped have been dropped by the Attorrney General due to misconduct of the federal prosecutors, not because the charges were without merit. The Attorney General stated that two of the reasons for dropping the charges were to send a message to Federal procesutors that he would not tolerate this type of behavior from procesutors and because of the age of Stevens. He never said the case was being dropped because the charges were without merit.

    The misconduct by Federal Attorneys was commited within a Republican DOJ, by Republican appointees, but then again the new Administration did say it was going to be a return to the rule of law.

    April 3, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Tony

    Palin should step aside so that another election can be held in Alaska for governor. How many Alaskans prior to the last election knew she was that stupid?

    April 3, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. C W

    Senator Begich was elected by the people of Alaska – end of story. Or is that the new Republican strategy – keep pestering the electorate until they vote the way the party wants them to?

    Republicans are a very weird bunch, indeed!

    April 3, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Becky

    OMG....I cannot believe the utter ignorance of the Regressionists posting on this site...I just wonder what it is like to be brainwashed and hoodwinked by a party whose motto is Party First. Americans Last.

    April 3, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Tiger75

    This party might as well END................

    April 3, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Vietnam COMBAT Vet, OHIO

    That sounds about right for the stupid Repubs! Vote in a used up old crook for Gov. Glad I don't live up there, near RUSSIA! Must be a lot of real IDIOTS in Alaska! LMAO

    April 3, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. obama-mama

    Kevin in Ohio April 3rd, 2009 11:12 am ET

    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.

    Put the crackpipe down. Why do you clowns think you are so much better. There are hard working, God fearing democrats and republicans. There are also hateful folks on the left and right so what the hell is your point. Stop listening to talk radio. It's making you looney....All they do is incite violence. I listen once in a while just out of curiosity and it is truly scary. You people believe you a supreme being.....Wow.

    April 3, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. matt

    liberals and dems are mad because the british didn't receive him like a messiah Gordon brown isn't popular in england

    April 3, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Dave in Houston

    Sarah Palin is doing a wonderful job. She is getting everything done that I want done.

    I'm a Democrat. 😉

    April 3, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. C W

    Brian Crooks: Thank you for your insight into the Iowa Caucuses – although I don't like our protracted Presidential election process, it's heartening to hear that in Iowa at least, politicians can't get away with much.

    I would say the only part you've got wrong is that we already know what Sarah Palin has: good looks and an ability to lie to get what she wants (without the looks, she'd never gone anywhere in politics). She's an intellectually-challenged hypocrit and in general, mean-spirited and shallow.

    April 3, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Democrats for Sarah, CA

    Let Sarah keep eyes on those Russians

    April 3, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. PatC

    All charges were dropped. Much like OJ you are either innocent or guilty. No middle ground. IF evidence is discovered and held from defense that would find the person innocent that is what they are.
    As far as this Prosecutor being in the Bush Admin that may be true BUT were they Dem or Repub. What really needs to happen is a full investigation of everybody that worked the investigation. What were their political ties., any contact with Democrats during the investigation? If so the election must be thrown out.
    The Stevens for Governor could help Sarah. She has not announced she is running for GOV and may want to go strictly National Scene. If Stevens announces she could be on stage with him and say this would be a great cap to a long career and not seek reelection and go on the National scene.

    April 3, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. betochicago

    Very Good!!!! Love to see that primary!

    April 3, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Watchful Cowboy

    I am becoming more independent everyday – I can't believe how rediculous both the Democrats and Republicans can get.

    April 3, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. FreeNLovIT

    Stevens need to retire and go away and let America turn over a new leaf.

    April 3, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Laverne

    Maybe Ted Stevens should have not been prosecuted on a federal level, but he is not innocent by any stretch of the imagination. This man still did things he should have not done and he should not be rewarded in anyway for it!

    April 3, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. FreeNLovIT

    What has just happened to our society is going to hurt us in the long run. We, as a nation, need to distinguish and honor honesty and integrity in our work. It's the only standard to a healthy nation.

    April 3, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. obama-mama

    matt April 3rd, 2009 11:35 am ET

    liberals and dems are mad because the british didn't receive him like a messiah Gordon brown isn't popular in england

    You are joking right? The Queen has never put her arm around any other First Lady in History....

    April 3, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Unshrub

    Do-overs, that sounds so, um, childish. What will republicans come up with next. Remember, the justice department was filled by Bush appointees at the time. Maybe if they were imcompetent it was the republican's fault. And let's not forget, it was a Decmocrat appointee that made the decision to drop the charges.

    April 3, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Joe Student

    It's great to see how accepting people are of the opposing opinion.

    Ideologues at their finest.

    April 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Greg Smith, Clifton Heights PA

    From these comments, you can tell that the Democrats who voted for Barrack Obama are very hateful indivuduals who lack the respect of poltical and economic knowledge, It takes a Democrat to ruin this Country.

    April 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. r c boyd

    your are crazy to say the least

    April 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. Alex in IL

    I'd be going for Stevens all the way. Palin is a disgrace. Stevens may be a convicted felon who got off, but at least he has a brain and far longer record of public service than palin has

    April 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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