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. betochicago

    Funny that the the people right now who are on Palin case big time are her fellow Republicans and not the Democrats! Seems some GOP folks are not up on current affairs!

    April 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. aa

    Who cares about Palin or Stevens running Alaska, it's harder to be a manager at your local Walmart.

    April 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Stevens probably did the bad deeds he was charged with, he just got a free pass to avoid paying the penalty.

    I have a 95-yr old mother who was on her city council for three terms and left at age 90. She is now suffering from some dementia issues common to her age.

    Stevens is far too old now to be in politics where he has his hands in things involving citizens. He needs to have the thinking capacity to do it, and I don't think that is going to happen.

    April 3, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Rushlican Charlotte, NC

    This is absolutely insane "BS!"
    Do they think the rest of the world is as idiotic as are they?

    April 3, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. bill


    just add ted stevens to the republicans high powered gang of:

    sarah palin
    bristol palin
    joe the plumber
    megan mccain

    What an overwhelming group of talent!

    April 3, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. jon,philadelphia

    Isn't that just like the Republicans. They'll do almost anything to overturn a legal election. If they had their way I gues they would all just be declared winners despite election results.

    April 3, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Donny Boy

    Poor, poor little Donny Young and his sour, sour grapes. PATHETIC. You're right about a primary election little Donny, but it will be YOURS. I hope you enjoy your forced retiement in 2010 with Stevens!

    April 3, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Peter in Mankato


    They should look for the right candidate to take over the reins at this difficult time, and not focus on finding the nicest, most fitting way to round off some octogenarian's political career.

    Anything else is a grave disservice to the people of Alaska.

    All of this smacks of a 'jobs for the boys' insider mentality.

    The office of governer is not a sinecure. And anything more than a sinecure is too much for Ted Stevens at this stage.

    April 3, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. reggie

    He would be foolish to do so. First, he's 87 yrs old and Palin is a superstar. She would win by a landslide, if she chooses to run.

    April 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Hannah Stevens

    To Dave in Houtson who says he is a Democrat, and that Palin is getting everything done for him? What? I didn't know Palin was doing things for people in Texas these days. I would say that this is gross overreach on her part. I think she is still the gov in Alaska, isn't she? What a vast wasteland the Republicans are. All they can come up with is near do wells and criminals.

    April 3, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Marge

    I can say this and not be predjuiced......I'm 76...Ted Stevens is too darn old to run for any public office......It is bad enough all the crooks and thieves are in office why put more in. So a technically let him go, doesn't mean he didn't do what he was convicted for in the first place.

    Look at the ex-governor of Illinois, bet they don't let him off.

    April 3, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. try Stevens

    the man accepted a ton of gifts and work for free

    it is crazy to not try him in the court of law

    dropping charges is suspicious

    April 3, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. SHIRLEY "60"

    Ted Stevens should thank his God and stay retired. He is quilty as charged, and everyone knows it. He took those things and didn' t report them, and that is a violation of senate ethics. Stop trying to let this old man off the hook people. Justice has been served, he is out of the senate, and because of too much time there anyway, he is where he belongs.

    April 3, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Rob R

    It shows the state of Alaskan politics...Palin is marginally corrupt, but Stevens (despite the ruling) is deeply corrupt...He'll probably win in a land-slide....

    April 3, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. j

    By golly, I think it would be GREAT !!!!!!!! Oh, yes ! And we could have a write-in for Alfred E. Neumann, also.

    April 3, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. karuna

    Remember everyone, Stevens was NOT DECLARED INNOCENT!!! The verdict was thrown out due to it not being a fair trial due to withholding of relevant information. Of course Stevens is still faced with all these allegations of wrong-doing, and what he gained from all these contractors during his tenure. He is by no means of anyone's imagination, guilt-free! He still has this burden over him of all that he was charged with and perhaps might have gotten a harsh sentence. So he is and should not be declared INNOCENT. Go for another trial if must be, and let the verdict fall where it may, but we would not see that because he would be too afraid and exposed to all these allegations and accusations again and again.

    April 3, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Boytjie

    It sounds like the Republicans are trying to steal a Senate seat....

    April 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Chas in Iowa

    I believe the only reasons the charges were dropped was because he was no longer in the political arena.
    Based on his age it was a gesture to let him fade into retirement.
    If he wants to pursue a further political future I believe it was a mistake to drop the charges.
    This man represents everything that is wrong with government.
    He is corrupt, he believes he is truely above the law, and he is totallt out of touch with the nation.

    April 3, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Don in Albuquerque

    Sorry Ted, done is done. And your own party did this to ya!!!!!

    April 3, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. keith c

    the eyes of the world are watching in disbelief, two exposed, proven corrupt politicans possibly slugging it out for a governorship...comedy at its finest, the sailing ahead for Obama just gets smoother and smoother.

    April 3, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Big John

    I'm a democrat but I'd vote for Stevens if he ran against Governor Sarah "Airhead"

    April 3, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. rich

    As much as I dont care for Palin's politics, Ted Stevens needs to sit his aged self down, retire already, and let younger folks lead into this new century.

    April 3, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. God

    Who cares about Stevens. We all know he's corrupt, we all know he lost we all know what an anal orifice of a politician he's always been. Go home, Ted, and give thanks to me that I gave you a small reprieve so you can go to your grave thinking you kept your dignity.

    April 3, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Dotty Helms, WI

    Ted Stevens still did all the very bad things they say he did. He just got off on technical faults. The kinds of things that keep our jails full pot dealers while our goverment officials rob us blind!

    April 3, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. FreeNLovIT

    I, for one, will not be voting for an elephant into office in 2012. I will only do that if they HAVE paid back the 5 trillion dollars left by giving W a blank check.

    April 3, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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