Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, the longest serving Republican in the U.S. Senate, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington on charges of hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts he received. Stevens, 84, was charged with seven counts of making false statements on his Senate financial disclosure forms from 1999 to 2006 about gifts and renovations on his house.
Stevens's indictment boosts Democratic chances of winning an Alaska Senate seat for the first time in almost three decades, if he remains a candidate. ``If Stevens is on the ballot I would expect Democrats to win the seat,'' said Nathan Gonzales of the Rothenberg Political Report.
Stevens ``knowingly and willfully engaged in a scheme to conceal'' his receipt of ``hundreds of thousands of dollars'' of gifts from Veco Corp., an oil-field engineering firm, and its chief executive officer, the indictment said.
The gifts included improvements on a home in Alaska, new vehicles, furniture and a professional Viking gas grill, according to court papers.
Hope you had fun grilling out, Ted. On another note, it was only yesterday that Stevens announced that he's not making it to the GOP convention so he'll miss out on the festive ceremony at the Larry Craig Memorial Stall in the airport...
Alaska's Sen. Ted Stevens, who's facing a tough re-election battle, also won't drop in on the St. Paul convention. His spokesman, Aaron Saunders, said that he prefers to use the August recess to "travel around the state and meet with constituents."
Since Ted's not up on the whole Internet thing (like his buddy McCain) and will otherwise be occupied, how about supporting Mark Begich, who is running against Uncle Ted.
See Stevens tell us about the tubes below the fold. Here's Uncle Ted and his moronic "tubes."