Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: Ted's back at work...with a whole new media posse

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ted's back at work...with a whole new media posse

Here's NBC Today's coverage this morning:

per Alaska Politics Blog:
Sen. Ted Stevens returned to work Wednesday morning as though he hadn't been indicted the day before -- although he had a bigger-than-usual crowd of reporters and photographers trailing him all day.

Stevens will be arraigned at 1 p.m. tomorrow in federal court here in Washington. Federal arraignment hearings are typically short, and about all that happens is that defendants face their charges and then are asked by a judge to enter a plea.
If I only had a port key to D.C...(I felt a geek reference was needed to break the tension).

So, since the indictment:

- Ted put out a statement.
"I am innocent of these charges and intend to prove that," he said in a prepared statement. "I have proudly served this nation and Alaska for over 50 years."
- Ted stepped down from his "ranking Republican" positions on committees.

- Ted decides not to resign from his Senate seat, in spite of calls to do so from the Democratic Party. (Yet, he threatened to resign when he wasn't getting his way.)

- And ever the unselfish man, Ted decides to remain in the Senate race, much to the delight of his rivals' campaign managers. (Because only the campaign managers/workers feel "glee" over this. The candidates, Republican and Democrat, are properly respectful and sad...we swear! OK...maybe not Ray Metcalfe...)

For the next 100 days, this is going to be one hell of a rollercoaster ride...as if it wasn't already!

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Blogger Laz said...

An interesting note: According to other sources I have read today, he has stepped down from his various committees but he HAS NOT resigned or been officially removed from them as per the Senate Legislative Ethics Committee rules. I wonder how this is possible?


7/30/2008 2:44 PM  
Blogger CelticDiva said...

The Senate works a little differently from the House. For example, Senators are given deference upon retirement (no matter what their party) by unofficially showing more generosity towards the retiring Senator's state budget-wise during their last term.

Stevens is the longest-sitting Republican Senator. I suspect that Harry Reid is going to give him a little time to work through the "denial" of it all. I also suspect if he doesn't do it himself (and very soon) there will be an incredible amount of pressure behind the scenes put on him.

However, also remember that Harry Reid is a Democrat and Sen. Stevens is probably about the grumpiest (and most stubborn) Senator there...and a Republican. The longer that Stevens makes the news in a negative way, the better it is for the Dems in November.

You don't think when the Dems demanded his resignation that they believed for a second he'd actually do it, do you? :D :D :D

7/30/2008 3:11 PM  

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