Uncle Ted

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In late October 2008, Sen. Ted Stevens returned to Anchorage during his re-election campaign and asserted his innocence as he vowed to vindicate himself. On Wednesday, the Justice Department took a giant step toward doing that for him, basically voiding his conviction for filing false financial statements.

Palin, Ruedrich call for Begich resignation

WASHINGTON — The head of the Alaska Republican Party today called on Sen. Mark Begich to step down from the U.S. Senate, saying that the state’s voters would have re-elected former Sen. Ted Stevens had they known the U.S Department of Justice would abandon its prosecution of him.

The party chairman, Randy Ruedrich, said that the only reason Begich won his race was because “a few thousand Alaskans thought that Senator Stevens was guilty of seven felonies.”

In late October 2008, Sen. Ted Stevens returned to Anchorage during his re-election campaign and asserted his innocence as he vowed to vindicate himself. On Wednesday, the Justice Department took a giant step toward doing that for him, basically voiding his conviction for filing false financial statements.

ERIK HILL / Daily News archive 2008 /

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