The conviction of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has drawn quick responses from two groups interested in his re-election campaign.
Patti Higgins, chair of the Alaska Democratic Party, called for Stevens' resignation.
"Senator Stevens' felony convictions are very serious and he should immediately resign from the United States Senate,” Higgins said in a statement. “He knew what he was doing was wrong, but he did it anyway and lied to Alaskans about it. Alaskans deserve better from their public officials. It’s time for us to elect an ethical and honest Senator who will move this state forward.”
The chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), said Stevens is “properly being held accountable.”
“This is a sad day for the United States Senate,” Ensign said in a statement. “Ted Stevens served his constituents for over 40 years and I am disappointed to see his career end in disgrace. Sen. Stevens had his day in court and the jury found he violated the public’s trust—as a result he is properly being held accountable. This is a reminder that no one is above the law.”