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November 3, 2008

Sen. Inouye Stands By His Man

Filed under: HI Politics,National Politics — Tags: , , — BobSchacht @ 8:36 am

Sen. Stevens (R-Alaska) has this announcement on his website:

Senator Inouye Assures Alaskans Senator Stevens Will Keep Senate Seat During Legal Process

Former AG Cole says verdict against Stevens will likely be overturned

Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), a 42-year veteran of the Senate and a revered Democrat in Congress, today told Alaskans that Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) will retain his Senate seat while the legal process moves forward. Senator Inouye also echoed the sentiment of legal scholars across the United States saying that Senator Stevens will be vindicated through an appeal.

“As the Senate has done in every other instance in its long 220-year history, I am absolutely confident that Ted Stevens will be sworn into the Senate while he appeals this unjust verdict,” said Senator Inouye. “I am certain that this decision in Washington, D.C., will be overturned on appeal.”

As twolf1 points out over at FireDogLake, however, Majority Leader Harry Reid has a different view:

“While I respect the opinion of Senator Daniel Inouye, the reality is that a convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate. And as precedent shows us, Senator Stevens will face an Ethics Committee investigation and expulsion, regardless of his appeals process. This is not a partisan issue and it is unfortunate that Senator Stevens has used his longtime friendship with Senator Inouye for partisan political gain.”

Of course, Stevens is running for re-election, and tomorrow the voters will voice their opinion.


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