By now you have all heard that Sen. Ted Stevens has been indicted with 7 felony charges. I’ve long thought of Alaska as the GOP’s version of Louisiana. Positions are largely held by Republicans who participate in nepotism and graft.
But, things seem to be changing. One of my favorite GOP politicians, Gov. Sarah Palin, was elected in 2006 on a platform of ethics reform. If Sen. Stevens is finally forced out of his Senate seat, that will be another good step in the right direction for the Alaska GOP, regardless of which party wins the seat in November.
We also have a great reform candidate challenging Rep. Don Young in the August 26 GOP primary. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell is seeking to unseat the earmark-addicted Congressman, and this indictment of Sen. Stevens may just remind voters of Rep. Young’s legal woes:
Republican Rep. Don Young faces a major primary is his bid for another term in the House, and he has also been tied to Veco. To win the GOP nomination, he would first have to defeat Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who was urged to run by GOP Gov. Sarah Palin.
Senior GOP sources in the House said that the Stevens indictment is sure to have a broad impact on GOP prospects across the state’s political races but Young’s in particular. “I’m not sure it helps him at all,” said one top GOP aide. However, some of the thinking goes that in hurting Young, it could help Parnell and consequently might save the seat.
You can donate to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell’s campaign here.