From the Anchorage Daily News:
The head of the Alaska Republican Party today called on Sen. Mark Begich to step down from the U.S. Senate, saying that the state’s voters would have re-elected former Sen. Ted Stevens had they known the U.S Department of Justice would abandon its prosecution of him.
The party chairman, Randy Ruedrich, said that the only reason Begich won his race was because “a few thousand Alaskans thought that Senator Stevens was guilty of seven felonies.”
He added that he thought Begich should step down “so Alaskans may have the chance to vote for a senator without the improper influence of the corrupt Department of Justice.”
Gov. Sarah Palin concurs with Ruedrich and believes a special election is appropriate, said a spokeswoman for Palin’s political action committee, Meg Stapleton. “I absolutely agree,” Palin said in a statement.
Wait. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder says the Justice Department is dropping the indictment against Stevens not because he appears innocent or because there is a lack of damning evidence or because the investigation and indictment were not warranted — it’s because prosecutors botched the case by flouting ethics regulations. OJ Simpson was let off the judicial hook once. Do you believe that he didn’t commit his heinous crime?
Even though it appears Stevens will get off scot free, chances are he is a crook. Most people see this. Why can’t Alaskan GOPpers? And if they do understand this, are these people so blinded by partisanship that they are fine with seating an unethical lawmaker as long as he or she is Republican?