As we mentioned yesterday, Sen. Stevens (R-AK) was convicted on all seven counts in his corruption trial: “found guilty of accepting a bonanza of home renovations and fancy trimmings from an oil executive and then lying about it,” according to ABC News. There are a couple of things that fascinate me, in a train wreck sort of way, about this story.
First, Stevens is blaming his wife for this. Of course, right? All along, Stevens has said that his wife handled the finances and he just assumed everything was OK. Nevermind that he apparently had conversations directly with the owner of the construction company, VECO, and sent some of the employees thank you notes. Here’s my favorite line from the ABC article:
Stevens said he had no idea he was getting freebies. He said his wife handled the business of the renovation.
There it is. Blame it on the little woman.
Here’s the other great part of this story: Stevens isn’t going to drop out of the Senate race, even though, as a convicted felon in AK, he probably cannot vote in his own Senate race. The rules are a little murky here and there’s some question on whether he can vote before the judge sentences him … wacky … but the point is that he’s going to run after he’s been convicted of seven counts of fraud. And recently, because AK is a little nuts (sorry, folks, you are), he’s been slightly ahead in that race (like by one percentage point). Let’s hope that Alaskans come to their senses and don’t elect this guy.
This story is just too crazy. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Update: MSNBC is reporting that McCain has done the right thing and called for Stevens to step down. It’s good to see a glimpse of the old McCain.