ANCHORAGE - Democrat Mark Begich will try to make ethics a focus of his campaign for U.S. Senate, though he's not going out of his way to mention his likely opponent in November, incumbent Republican Ted Stevens.
Begich on Monday pledged openness in his campaign and high standards of honesty in office if Alaskans send him to Congress.
The mayor of Anchorage said he will make his financial records accessible, ban hidden connections and oppose special Senate privileges, such as automatic pay raises.
At a press conference outside Anchorage's federal courthouse, Begich mentioned Stevens only in passing.
Begich said Alaskans want higher standards in elected office and it doesn't matter whom his opponent is.
Stevens has refused to discuss why he is under a federal investigation.