Stevens Stung and Other News
(I've already watched that video six times, and it just keeps getting better!) The Associated Press is reporting that the FBI got corrupt Alaska businessman Bill Allen to tape conversations with Ted Stevens after they confronted Allen with evidence regarding Allen's bribing elected officials. The FBI wouldn't just give Stevens a public heads up to be more discrete in his phone conversations; as such, I imagine that the FBI would only let this news out as a precursor to an indictment or some other significant action. I very much look forward to developments in the coming days. (HT: TPM)
Let me see if I got this right.It's one thing for it to happen once, maybe twice, as a politician moves from role to role. But to quit four jobs midway through demonstrates a pretty unsettling pattern of unreliability. In fact, here's the catch phrase for the 2008 Nebraska Senate race: "Bob Kerrey: An Independent Voice; Mike Johanns: An Undependable Void" (that is, if Kerrey gets in and Johanns emerges from the crowded Republican primary).
He was a Councilman, but resigned to become Mayor
He was a Mayor, but resigned to become Governor
He was a Governor, but resigned to become Sec of Ag
He was a Sec of Ag, but resigned to become...
Does anyone else see a pattern?
Shaheen still faces one Democratic candidate for her party’s nomination, former astronaut and Darmouth College medical professor Jay Buckey, but he reported raising just $22,000 through June, according to the Federal Election Commission. Sununu reported more than $2 million on hand.Granted, Buckey was a later entry than Marchand or Swett, but Shaheen should be able to easily raise $1 million or more per quarter. (She did raise almost $6 million for her 2002 Senate bid.) No doubt she's on the phones going through her donor lists from her previous Senate and Gubernatorial campaigns. If Buckey can't demonstrate a more robust fundraising pace during the next few months, his candidacy may not be sustainable.
UPDATE (10:15pm): Anchorage Daily News reports:
A construction worker who oversaw renovation of Sen. Ted Stevens' home said his company also paid him to help run fundraisers for the Alaska Republican, a practice that appears to violate federal campaign finance laws. ...The ticking clock is deafening.
Unlike other Veco employees, [contractor Robert] Williams did not itemize his time sheets with job codes so customers could be billed. When working on one of Allen's pet projects, Williams just logged his hours and Veco made sure he was paid.