Posted tagged ‘Stevens’

Ted Stevens Believed to Be on Crashed Plane

August 10, 2010

Early this morning, a plane believed to be carrying eight people, including former Senator Ted Stevens, crashed in southwest Alaska. There is no word on any casualties at this time.

From the Associated Press:

Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes said there were possible fatalities. Five good Samaritans were on scene early Tuesday helping the crash victims, he said. It was unclear how they reached the site.

A U.S. government official told The Associated Press that Alaska authorities have been told the former longtime Republican senator is among several passengers on the plane. The official, who spoke on grounds of anonymity, says Stevens’ condition is unknown.

The federal official declined to be publicly identified because the crash response and investigation are under way.

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John McCain Says Alaska Senator Ted Stevens Should Resign

October 28, 2008

Republican presidential nominee John McCain called today for Ted Stevens to resign from the Senate, saying he “has broken his trust with the people.” Stevens has stated that he has no plans to drop out of the race.

From the New York Times:

Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska was under intense pressure on Tuesday to end his decades-long political career and step aside because of a jury’s finding that he violated federal ethics laws by failing to report tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and services he had received from friends.

His fellow Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona called for him to resign his seat, saying, “I hope that my colleagues in the Senate will be spurred by these events to redouble their efforts to end this kind of corruption once and for all.”

Mr. McCain’s running mate on the Republican presidential ticket, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, also called on Tuesday for Mr. Stevens to quit, CNBC reported. The cable channel said Ms. Palin had called for the senator’s resignation in an interview with Maria Bartiromo.

From the Associated Press:

McCain and Stevens are not close. They’ve frequently exchanged barbs on the Senate floor, particularly over the pet projects that lawmakers insert into spending bills. Stevens is an unabashed champion of such earmarks — bringing home $3.5 billion worth to Alaska in the last five years alone.

McCain is the Senate’s biggest critic of earmarks.

The Bush White House issued a statement Tuesday saying: “Sen. Stevens has said that he’s going to fight his conviction and that he is going to appeal, and that is his right to do. Since it’s going to be a matter of ongoing litigation, we’ll decline to comment for now.”

While Stevens faces long odds in a contest where polls showed a close race even before the verdict, few in Alaska were willing to count him out. Democrats hope to seize the once reliably Republican seat as part of their bid for a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority in the Senate.

“It’s very possible that (Stevens) is going to win the election,” said Carl Shepro, a professor of political science at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

From CNN:

Proclaiming his innocence, convicted Republican Sen. Ted Stevens asked Alaskans to “stand with me” as he pledged to defend the Senate seat he has held since 1968.

“I ask that Alaskans and my Senate colleagues stand with me as I pursue my rights,” Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, said in a statement Monday. ” I remain a candidate for the United States Senate.”

A jury on Monday convicted Stevens of seven counts of making false statements on Senate ethics forms to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and work on his Alaska home from an oilfield contractor at the center of a corruption investigation in the state.

Stevens, 84, is the first senator convicted of a felony since Harrison Williams, a New Jersey Democrat, was convicted on bribery charges in 1981. Senate rules do not require Stevens to resign his seat.