Sarah Palin Wants New AK-Sen Election

Yesterday, Think Progress noted that in the wake of the charges against Ted Stevens having been dropped, the Alaska GOP had called on Senator Begich to resign to allow for a new election.

The Alaska Republican Party further believes that current Senator Mark Begich should resign his position to allow for a new, special election, so Alaskans may have the chance to vote for a Senator without the improper influence of the corrupt Department of Justice.

Turns out, Sarah Palin concurs.

Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday echoed a call from the Alaska Republican Party for U.S. Sen. Mark Begich to resign after the Justice Department asked a judge to toss out corruption charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens.

"I absolutely agree," Palin responded in an e-mail Thursday to the Daily News-Miner.

She said Begich should step down and a special election should be held to fill the seat.

"Come to find out, (the Department of Justice) is now revealing (Stevens) should not have been found guilty," she said. "This drastic change in circumstances, wherein truth is finally being revealed, leads me to support the call for a special, fair election -- free from the improper influence of a conviction that DOJ now tells us was improper."

I know it's becoming pretty standard for Republicans to claim election results that don't favor them are invalid, but this is pretty crazy stuff, even for Palin. Hell even Don Young is making sense.

Young dismissed those demands, calling them "a lot of noise."

"Sen. Begich, in all due respect, won the race," he said. "There is no other recourse. He has taken office, he is now the new senator."

Something else Young said gives a clue as to why Palin may have decided to show just where her allegiances lie:

Now that the corruption case against former Sen. Ted Stevens has been dropped, Alaska Rep. Don Young wants Stevens to run for governor -- a move that would set up a Republican primary between the veteran lawmaker and Sarah Palin, if she decides to seek a second term in 2010.

"Personally I'd like to see him run for governor, and that's my personal feeling," Young told the Alaska Public Radio Network on Thursday. "So, we'll see what happens down the line. He probably won't, but I think that would be a great way to cap off a great career as being the governor of the state of Alaska."

If you'll recall, Palin threw Young under the bus last year, endorsing his primary challenger and then refusing to support his bid for re-election. Now, payback's a bitch. Between Young's victory last year and the charges having been dropped against Stevens, things just aren't going Palin's way. You gotta think Palin intends to run for re-election next year, so that she can run for president as a sitting governor. The potential for that re-election to be a shaky one just made 2010 a little more interesting.

Tags: Alaska, don young, Mark Begich, Sarah Palin, Ted Stevens (all tags)



Re: Sarah Palin Wants New AK-Sen Election
Stevens run for Governor?
Umm, he's going to be 87 this year?
I think it's about time he retired.
by spirowasright 2009-04-03 10:21AM | 0 recs
I'll have some of whatever Todd is having

I'm all for optimistic spin, but come on.  Don Young saying that he wants Stevens to run for governor in 2010 is a nothing wrapped in a non-event inside a nullility.

All it shows is that Young and Palin are still on the outs, but that's not news.    

by Mose 2009-04-03 11:40AM | 0 recs
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I said he would come back vindicated. This was a bad move on Holder's part.

by antiHyde 2009-04-03 01:37PM | 0 recs
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A bad move from a political standpoint, sure, but the greater good demands that the Attorney General be more than a political animal sometimes.

by Steve M 2009-04-03 05:31PM | 0 recs
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It doesn't matter... Holder did the right thing and Begich isn't stepping down.  If he IS that stupid, and Dem leadership LET'S him do it, then frankly our party deserves to lose the seat.    But I seriously doubt Begich is that stupid or even REID would be that spineless.

by 30000Fine 2009-04-03 07:12PM | 0 recs
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or even REID would be that spineless.

I hope you're right, but I wouldn't bet money on it.

by antiHyde 2009-04-04 04:36PM | 0 recs
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by antiHyde 2009-04-04 04:35PM | 0 recs
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Dear, Sarah,

Go fuck yourself.


by TheUnknown285 2009-04-03 02:23PM | 0 recs
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Dear Lord...

Please let the GOP nominate Sarah Palin for President in 2012.  Giving us the biggest electoral victory since 1984 would be absolutely fantastic!  Further crushing the GOP would be a fantastic gift.


by 30000Fine 2009-04-03 07:11PM | 0 recs
The party activists have absolutely

lost their minds.  I don't believe for a second politicians like Palin really think they could pressure Begich to give up his seat for a special election.  But I do think the Republican party activists in Alaska and in the rest of the country absolutely believe that Begich's resignation is inevitable.

by West of the Fields 2009-04-03 08:45PM | 0 recs


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