Monday, May 18, 2009

Ted Stevens, Back On the Scene

Ted Stevens, Back On the Scene; The Sleuth; Washington Post

Oh how the world turns. While his prosecutors are now under investigation for misconduct, the curmudgeonly ex-senator Ted Stevens is back on the Washington party circuit - vindicated, shrimp cocktail style.

The famed former senator from Alaska, who narrowly lost reelection in November after he was convicted on corruption charges, showed up at a fancy book party Thursday night for Philadelphia radio talk show host Michael Smerconish. ...

As Pennsylvania politics was the theme of last night's book party for Smerconish, Stevens counseled a concerned fan of Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) not to worry about his pal and old colleague being stripped of his seniority after switching parties.

"Arlen Specter is Arlen Specter. He'll maneuver just fine on the Senate floor," Stevens huffed. He said he sent Specter a letter of support after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's surprise move to deny Specter any committee chairmanships even after he had switched to the Democratic Party.

He also predicted Specter would win the general election in the Pennsylvania Senate race.

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