Senator Murkowski Seeks Pardon for Convicted Felon Ted Stevens
by Charles Lemos, Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 05:55:01 PM EST
Michael Brumas, the Communications Director for Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, confirmed to the Anchorage Daily News that her office is seeking a Presidential Pardon for convicted felon Ted Stevens.
With less than 48 hours left of the Bush presidency, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's spokesman said today that Murkowski had asked the White House to pardon the former senior senator of Alaska, [convicted felon] Ted Stevens. Michael Brumas, Murkowski's communications director, said the pardon request was made earlier this month. He declined to give other details, including whether Stevens himself wanted the pardon and had asked Murkowski to pursue it on his behalf. "It's just a very sensitive issue and a sensitive time - a couple days left," Brumas said. "We're just not saying anything more."
I guess the only surprise is that it isn't Senator Daniel Inouye behind the move to pardon convicted felon Ted Stevens.
Former Senator and convicted felon Stevens, the longest-serving Republican Senator in history, was convicted in Washington DC on October 27, 2008 of seven felony charges for failing to disclose gifts and services he received from 2000 to 2006. He narrowly lost re-election to Democrat Mark Begich, the former Mayor of Anchorage.
If I were a betting man, and I am not, I'd say it seems likely that convicted felon Stevens will be pardoned. I'll say it one more time for nostalgia's sake because I will miss saying it, convicted felon Ted Stevens. Pardoned or not, that's how I'll remember him.