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Posted on Oct 28, 2008
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Sen. Ted Stevens feeds a hungry hungry hippo during a visit to the National Zoo in Washington last year.

Even as his conviction has politicos rethinking Senate filibuster math, Ted Stevens of Alaska says he’ll fight the verdict and continue campaigning for re-election. It’s not all bad news for the longest serving Senate Republican—and you really can’t make this up—the Senate doesn’t ban convicted felons.


Los Angeles Times:

Stevens, 84, reacted pugnaciously, attacking the Justice Department and vowing to continue campaigning for reelection to his seventh term next Tuesday.

“I am obviously disappointed in the verdict but not surprised given the repeated instances of prosecutorial misconduct in this case,” he said in a prepared statement. “I will fight this unjust verdict with every ounce of energy I have.” He asked Alaskans and his Senate colleagues to “stand with me as I pursue my rights.”

Stevens has managed to remain neck and neck with Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich since the trial began, despite being unable to campaign in person. But political analysts have said from the beginning that all bets would be off were Stevens to be convicted.

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By Big B, October 28, 2008 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

It is disappointing that many americans still hold their elected reps to a higher standard than they hold themselves. We cheat on our spouses, call off when we’re not sick, and fudge our taxes. Then we have the gall to bitch about polititians that do the same. I believe it was Ben Franklin who said that in a democracy, people get the government they deserve.

god I hope not.

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By Spiritgirl, October 28, 2008 at 10:57 am Link to this comment

Just a note for Jim Yell - Chaney was in the Nixon Administration, the lesson that he learned from it is one of the reasons that this Mis-Administration is sooo secretive!  It is one of the reasons why when Congress “asked” to talk to Bush he would only do it with his “handler” Chaney and only off of the record!  It is one of the reasons why the current V.P. won’t use email, or have any of his meetings recorded!  No paper trail - everything can and will be denied!

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By Trigger finger, October 28, 2008 at 9:53 am Link to this comment
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At least he can’t vote for himself nor can any of his friends vote for him!

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By Spiritgirl, October 28, 2008 at 9:34 am Link to this comment

This scalawag is part of the problem - his hubris - he actually believes that there is no reason he should have been convicted!  This is a perfect example of why there should be term limits for Congress, they become complacent in their position, and after they have accumulated soooo much power in those positions they feel as though they should just automatically receive!  Gee, it must be nice to be the King!

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By marie, October 28, 2008 at 9:20 am Link to this comment
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How can we ask the America people to do right when the people that we elected to hold office does not?  They are becoming more brave than in the past.  Now they will know that they are guilty but they will try their best to make you think that they are being mistreated and we should forgive them.

Take a look at the people from Alaska, even though we have democratic who are crooks but have not made the news yet. They are trying their best to convince us they the government is wrong and that they have not done anything wrong, that we should forgive and let bygones be bygones.  I don’t think so.

How can the vp elected Sarah Palin clean up DC when she have skeletons in her closets also. But then again she don’t think she done anything wrong.

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By mmadden, October 28, 2008 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

The Alaskans know Senator Stevens as Uncle Ted. So that could mean that the fools would probably vote for him.

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By Andrew, October 28, 2008 at 8:24 am Link to this comment
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This is the reason why this country is in the mess it is in.

SHOW ME ONE TRUTHFUL POLITICIAN.

I love that you can be CONVICTED of a FELONY but not have to resign your seat. Are you kidding me??????

Last I understood we elected public officials to work for the public?

They only care about themselves and lining their pockets with more and more money. Look at the bailout plan, how many millions were wasted on Rum??

I wish I could act and do the things that the politicians do at there jobs at mine and get away with it.

I would be fired if convicted of taking money from the company to refurbish my house.

Guess I need a senate seat.

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By Jim Yell, October 28, 2008 at 7:33 am Link to this comment
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Congress has been very remise in prosecuting their members. This is probably why the behavior is uniformly bad. This is always what happens when a group is left to police themselves.

If prosecution and conviction led to real punishment I think the behavior would improve all around. The pardon of Nixon is probably what led to the outrages of the current Republican Administration. If Nixon had have suffered real inconvenience than what happened to him would have acted as a brake on Cheney/Bush law breaking.

The most preposterous of things is Pelosi taking impeachment off the table loudly, when even if she had no intention of going there the threat that she might would have made up somewhat for the meager majority of the Democratic Party in controling the outrageous law breaking of Bush/Cheney.

One can only hope that Alaska has an honest electorate that will deal with removing this arrogant twit from Congress

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By samosamo, October 28, 2008 at 7:22 am Link to this comment

Part III of congressional criminal records:

***stevehaddock gave this response on 8/22/2000:

I’m afraid the above figures are at least approximately accurate. You could do the homework yourself, but I’m sure you could find out who is who with only a little research (try typing the name of a shifty looking representative or senator into one of the news search sites, especially for a newspaper serving their constituency).
None of the things described above would prevent a person from running for office or would require that they be removed if they were in office.
Why is this so? One reason - the opposing candidate is often much worse. The current governor of Louisiana was facing corruption charges but won in a squeaker. His opponent? David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan***

Now, does this detail the hypocracy of our government enough for you? This pricks treat us like dirt, I would think we should not feel anything but contempt and disgust for these people that have been ELECTED by the people and entrusted with doing an honest job(which is evidently impossible) for those people that elected them. Instead, especially for the ones that have criminal records, they have become responsible for devestating the lives of so many people that it just cannot be construed as anything but a terrorist attack by a terrorist oganization which appears to be our congress.

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By Better Dead than Red, October 28, 2008 at 7:21 am Link to this comment
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10-28-08
Beijing, China
Unassociated Fictional Press

The Government of The Peoples Republic of China has unanimously
endorsed McCain/Palin for President of the United States.

“They are our kind of people!” says a Government spokesperson.
“They understand that business and the government should be in control,
not the silly workers, or ‘people’ as they sometimes call themselves.”

A leading General, who wished to remain anonymous, had this to say
about President McCain: “We planted many post-hypnotic suggestions
in our former P.O.W.‘s mind and we are beside ourselves with
anticipation at having the opportunity to trigger them and have control
of the white house without even having to wage a war…”

“And if that fails,” a second anonymous official pipes in “it’s not like
George W. Bush did not already sell it to us anyway.”

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By samosamo, October 28, 2008 at 7:14 am Link to this comment

Part II of congressional criminals:

“From wife-beaters to drunk drivers, Congress is a crime wave, study says
WASHINGTON, DC—A new investigation reveals an astonishingly large number of wife-beaters, drunks, shoplifters, check-bouncers, business failures, and drug abusers in the U.S. House and Senate—which ought to make Americans think carefully before turning to Washington, DC for moral leadership, the Libertarian Party
said today.
“Mark Twain once said Congress may be America’s only ‘distinct criminal class’—and this new study suggests he was correct,” said Steve Dasbach, the party’s national director. “If even half these charges are true, expecting Congress to serve as a moral
role model is like asking Bill Clinton to serve as a poster boy for monogamy.”
According to an investigation by Capitol Hill Blue, an online publication that covers federal politics, a remarkable number of U.S.
Representatives and U.S. Senators may have spent as much time in a jail cell as on Capitol Hill.
After researching public records, newspaper articles, civil court transcripts, and criminal records, Capitol Hill Blue discovered that:
* 29 members of Congress have been accused of spousal abuse.
* 7 have been arrested for fraud.
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks.
* 117 have bankrupted at least two businesses.
* 3 have been arrested for assault.
* 71 have credit reports so bad they can’t qualify for a
credit card.
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges.
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting.
* 21 are current defendants in lawsuits.
* And in 1998 alone, 84 were stopped for drunk driving, but released after they claimed Congressional immunity.
Capitol Hill Blue did not list the names of all the individual members of Congress accused of the various crimes, but did note that some were “serial offenders” with extensive tracks records of fraud or violence.
For example, reported Capitol Hill Blue, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) has a “long, consistent record of deceit,” including tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid bills, allegations of bribery, and numerous lawsuits against her. And Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) faces charges that he beat his wife, has a history of barroom brawls while mayor of Alexandria, and has publicly stated that he likes “to hit people.”
“With a rap sheet like that, you have to wonder why Americans expect Congress to solve the problem of crime—since Congress seems to be causing so much crime,” said Dasbach. “In fact, if this study is correct, the best way to cut crime may be to lock up Congress and throw away the key.”
And given the obvious economic incompetence of so many Senators and Representatives, you have to wonder why voters trust them with the federal budget, he said.
“Here are politicians who routinely bankrupt businesses, write bad checks, engage in fraudulent practices, and have bad credit,” said Dasbach. “That could explain why the country is more than $5 trillion in debt, why federal programs are so wasteful, and
why taxes are always going up. Are these really the kind of economically illiterate people we want to trust with our money?” If nothing else, said Dasbach, the Capitol Hill Blue investigation may help puncture the myth that Senators and Representatives are somehow superior to ordinary Americans, or better equipped to solve the nation’s problems. “By its very nature, politics tends to attract venal people who crave power, who want to control the lives of other people, and who think they are above the law,” he noted. “This study makes that
point clear—and illustrates that when it comes to politicians, the only thing worse than their voting records are their criminal
records.”

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By samosamo, October 28, 2008 at 7:11 am Link to this comment

This is what I have found on by googling the congressional criminal record:

***A viewer asked this question on 1/11/2000:

Dear XpertSite.com,
I have been forwarded an email that gives a few statistics on the United States Congress Members. For example, it states the following:
29 have been accused of spousal abuse,
7 have been arrested for fraud,
19 have been accused of writing bad checks,
117 have bankrupted at least two businesses,
3 have been arrested for assault, etc.
This list is longer than the above. I would like to know if this information is true. If it is true, I would like to know what are the sources for these statistics
budgetanalyst gave this response on 1/28/2000:

It comes originally from Capitol Hill Blue (http://www.capitolhillblue.com). I do not know if all of it is true, but I have no reason to disbelieve the reports. Other sources have reported similar happenings.
You can find a series of articles starting at http://chblue.com/aug1999/081699/criminalclass1-081699.htm . The e-mail you reference seems to have come from a summary of this series issued by the Libertarian Party in “NEWS FROM THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY,” (http://www.lp.org/) on September 2, 1999. I reproduce most of this release from their site:
“For additional information: George Getz, Press Secretary. Phone: (202) 333-0008 Ext. 222. E-Mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

And with senator larry craig of the great state of idaho still in congress inspite of being arrested for soliciting sex from a man in a toilet, this ‘toilet queen’ deems himself too pure to have to leave a public office which he tarnishes.

I will put the rest of this info below, truly a government of criminals and we accept this so we deserve it.

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