The hits just keep coming on the crime blotter of the so-called "law and order" Republican Party. Ted Stevens, Alaska's octogenarian anti-gay Republican senator, is convicted on a corruption indictment. How sweet it is.
Stevens was convicted on all seven counts of lying on Senate disclosure forms by failing to report more than $250,000 in home renovations and other gifts from an oil executive.
Stevens vowed to return to Alaska on Wednesday and resume campaigning. "I will fight this unjust verdict with every ounce of energy I have," he said in a blistering statement issued after the verdict.
"I ask that Alaskans and my Senate colleagues stand with me as I pursue my rights. I remain a candidate for the United States Senate."
The conviction couldn't happen to a better person. The convicted felon has steered steering pork barrel and government contracts to his state but has shown no such love for the gay community. Stevens has consistently used his position to fight against basic rights for LGBT citizens. Stevens has a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard in the last Congress, opposing ENDA and "voted for the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and 2006 and even opposed the Matthew Shepard Act in 2007."
And by all means, Stevens should absolutely continue his re-election bid. The corrupt senator's indictment is a gift to progressives, gays and the Democratic Party.
Stevens Found Guilty of Corruption [Reuters]