What’s Up with Alaska Voters and Ted Stevens?

It’s hard to believe that Ted Stevens is leading in the vote tallying going on in Alaska for a U.S. Senate seat.  Ted Stevens, also known as ConvicTED Stevens, was found guilty of 7 felonies for failing to disclose gifts he received as required by Senate disclosure policies. 

He’s proclaimed his innocence (like the vast majority of convicted felons) and has stated that, until his appeals process is completed, he’s considered innocent.  Really?

Sarah Palin and John McCain called for him to step down after his conviction but, since the election, Sarah Palin has backed away from her request–perhaps she doesn’t want to alienate a large block of Republican voters–those who support Ted Stevens.

Does anyone else find this ironic?  How could Alaskans vote to re-elect Stevens?  Why do they want a convicted felon representing them?  What must they be thinking?

My gut tells me that there may be a method to the madness.  The Republicans want him to win now so when he’s kicked out of the U.S. Senate, there’s a greater chance a Republican will secure the seat he is forced to give up.

But seriously–voting for a convicted felon is over the top.

What do you think?  Any Alaskans care to weigh in?

Democrat Dave

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4 Responses to What’s Up with Alaska Voters and Ted Stevens?

  1. Victoria says:

    I too was shocked to see that Ted Stevens was re-elected. I was equally shocked at the hypocrisy that Palin showed in asking for his resignation as at the time she had not been cleared of wrong doing in the “Troopergate” event. I grew up with the adage – people who live in glass houses…….. Anyway, after sitting with this for a bit I wonder if longevity and a distorted sense of loyalty may have had a role in this. People are familiar with him – and want to believe that he is innocent- even in the face of evidence that points otherwise. I believe your observation on Palin is correct. She is clearly out for self and will say and do anything and throw anyone under the bus to get what she wants. Right now cozying up to the Republican base may be a wiser decision – in her eyes of course.

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  2. Sherry says:

    They produced Sarah Palin. What more needs to be said? Ever seen any of the interviews up there where they went into the local bars and talked to folks? Most seem about 100 years behind the times. I think they rather think that criminals running the show is the way to go.

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  3. culturepress says:

    I sure don’t get it either. I don’t know what kind of crack they’re smoking up there in AK, but whatever it is, a good portion of their population just doesn’t seem to mind politicians with little or no integrity. I hate saying that, given that AK is such a beautiful state with many wonders to see. But we’ve got to wonder about the way they vote up there…

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  4. Belicoso says:

    I am not an Alaskan and so I have no idea who would serve their best interest…but I think common sense would say that a convict in office probably isn’t doing you any favors. If you put someone into office, you’re assuming they will serve the public and not take advantage of your trust in order to satisfy their own greed. In the list of bad decisions that someone could make, electing a man convicted of corruption to public office is right alongside of employing a gold digger like Anna Nicole Smith to draft the will of your wealthy elderly relatives.

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