Calls for Begich to resign are partisan

Posted: Thursday, April 09, 2009

Gov. Sarah Palin and Randy Ruedrich, head of the Alaska Republican Party, have called for Sen. Mark Begich to step down and for Alaska to hold a special election to fill the Senate seat he currently holds. Their statements are transparently partisan and not constructive for Alaska's future.

Whether the prosecution bungled the case or not, enough evidence existed to indict former Sen. Ted Stevens. Mark Begich was ahead in the polls long before there were any indictments against Stevens, and he has done a great job since being elected, working in a bipartisan manner whenever possible.

Stevens did many things for the state of Alaska, but Alaska voters decided it was time for him to retire.

Upon the announcement of Stevens' guilty verdict, Palin said, "The verdict shines a light on the corrupting influence of the big oil service company that was allowed to control too much of our state. It was part of the culture of corruption I was elected to fight. And that fight must always move forward regardless of party or seniority or even past service ... I'm confident Senator Stevens will do what's right for the people of Alaska."

I fear the same cannot be said for Palin and Ruedrich.

Dinah Jelinek


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